I was recently reminded of one of John Maxwell’s powerful analogies. While observing leaders, he identified four different groups:

1. Cop-outs: These people set no goals and make no decisions.

2. Hold-outs: These people have beautiful dreams, but they are afraid to respond to challenges because they lack the self-confidence to overcome difficulties.

3. Drop-outs: These individuals clearly define their goals, and, in the beginning, they work hard to make their dreams come true. However, when the going gets tough, they quit.

4. All-outs: These are the stars. They want to shine as an inspiration to others. Once all-outs have set their goals, they never quit. Even when the price gets high and the challenges mount, they’re dedicated. Their ‘can-do’ attitude carries them to greatness.

While reflecting on John Maxwell’s groups, I began to think of another group I have noticed, I call them the…

5. Try-outs: These people keep trying out different goals and dreams because they are not sure what they really want. They often live in accordance with the social mirror and live their life based on other people’s rules. They frequently feel frustrated, dissatisfied and unfulfilled.

What kind of leader are you?

Maybe a more appropriate question is “Who do you choose to be today?” How do you choose to approach your future? It’s up to you! You can…

“be the difference that makes the difference