GLS21 Notes: Reclaim the Grind & Take GroundPublished August 5, 2021
If leadership were easy, everyone would do it. Anyone can start something, but it takes a leader to finish it. Anyone can celebrate a win, but it takes a leader to endure a loss. Anyone can get excited about the future, but it takes a leader to stay committed to the daily grind.
At The Global Leadership Summit, Rich Wilkerson Jr. helped us to learn to rename, reframe and remain so we can reclaim the grind and take ground in our leadership.
Enjoy these official session notes to help you dive deeper into what you learned!
The Reality of the Grind
- Outlook will determine the outcome.
- Great outcomes don’t happen overnight, they happen over time.
- From here to there is a big space and it’s filled with one word: the grind. The grind is laborious work.
- So much of what you do is unheard, unseen and un-thanked.
- Jesus healed 10 men of leprosy but only one came back to say, “thank you.”
- 90% of what you do in leadership will go un-thanked.
- A great marriage, family and career are a grind. In order to see a dream come to pass, you’ll have to grind through it.
- So many leaders are not lost in some epic battle, it’s the monotony.
- How I steward the mundane moments will create the great moments.
Rename the Grind
- Names bring about an identity.
- Identity brings about purpose.
- Everything you are facing in this season is preparing you for the next season. Rename it; call it preparation.
- Maybe it’s boring; call it research & development.
- Maybe you’re stressed out, rename it to stretch.
- God won’t multiply what you fail to maximize. Every season you’re in has a purpose.
- Everybody’s goal is the same: BIG. We think bigger is better. We must remember that everything big used to be small. Big is a state of mind.
- I’m letting my purpose dictate my feelings.
Reframe the Grind
- If you don’t see what you’re doing differently, you’ll get tired.
- We don’t see things as they are; we see things as we are. We have a poisoned perspective which prevents progress.
- The healthiest mindset a leader can take on is a mindset of gratitude. Things you appreciate tend to get better. Things you don’t, tend to get worse.
- We live in a comparison culture. We’re comparing our story to someone else’s story. It stops us and robs us of gratitude.
- Instagram is a lie. We’re not posting our bad days.
- Perfectionism robs us. We don’t just want to be good; we want to be the best. It robs us of seeing the beauty of where we are right now.
- The Silver Medal Syndrome – Bronze medal winners are happier in life than silver medal winners. Silver medal winners are so consumed with the gold. The bronze medal winner is so aware that it could have been worse.
Remain in the Grind
- What you’re doing is so meaningful–it matters.
- This is a season about posture. After everything you’ve done to stand, stand firm.
- Make up your mind before Monday, I’m going to remain in the grind.
- My dad would throw us into situations where he knew we would fail. It’s not about what would happen to you in life, but how you responded to what happened to you.
- He would take us door-to-door. Somewhere between the 3rd and 4th house, things change.
- Even when you face failure, rejection, you decide, I’m going to remain in the grind.
- When you choose to rename, reframe, remain, we develop resilience.
- The righteous man falls seven times, but he gets back up.
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About the Author
Rich Wilkerson Jr. is a dynamic communicator and author with a passion to encourage and inspire young adults. Born into four generations of church planters and leaders, Wilkerson started a young adults ministry called “The Rendezvous.” In 2010, this ministry grew to form both the VOUS Leadership Conference and later in 2015, VOUS Church where he serves as a lead pastor. Through his leadership, VOUS Church has become known as a catalyst of faith, creativity and diversity celebrating the unique culture of its vibrant city in Miami, Florida. Each Summer, he and his wife and co-founder, DawnCheré continue to host thousands of young adults at the annual VOUS Leadership Conference. Wilkerson Jr. is also the author of two books, Sandcastle Kings: Meeting Jesus in a Spiritually Bankrupt World and Friend of Sinners: Why Jesus Cares More About Relationship Than Perfection.
The Global Leadership Summit (GLS) is a two-day infusion of actionable leadership insights and inspiration broadcast to hundreds of host sites across the United States every August. In the following months, the GLS is translated, contextualized and hosted by local leadership committees at hundreds of locations across Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East. This global event convenes a world-class faculty who share their distinct perspectives and expertise, inspiring and equipping people around the world with practical leadership skills that can be applied within their context, wherever they have influence, and used to empower positive transformation where it’s needed most. Attracting an audience that represents various industries, including marketplace, non-profit, healthcare, education, government, ministry and corrections, the GLS has become a unique platform, unlike any other, bringing people together to not only empower better leadership within the organizations they represent, but in a growing number of cases around the world, this event also acts as a catalyst for organic local movements initiating systemic, city-wide change. What started as a single event back in 1990’s, the GLS has grown to attract tens of thousands of people today.