As Canadians pause today to commemorate those who gave their lives for FREEDOM, I am reminded how incredibly blessed we are to live in this country. Today we pay tribute to the thousands of men and women of the Canadian military and allied forces who sacrificed their lives in service to their country during the First World War, the Second World War, Korean War, Vietnam War, the Afghanistan conflict and peacekeeping missions. The last American WW1 veteran passed away this year. Sadly, another reminder that this horrific period in world history is fading from our collective memory. My mentor and good friend, Claude Hamilton (former Canadian Navy diver) challenged me with the following statement;
“If you want a better Canada, become a better Canadian.”
Leadership is Taking Responsibility.
The truth in Mr Hamilton’s statement is profound because it places the responsibility for our results squarely on me, the individual, rather than on our governing bodies or political institutions. This, in fact, is exactly what leadership is about. By taking the initiative to begin leading ourselves through self-discipline and slight edge habits, there is a ripple effect that begins to expand beyond us to our families, communities, and ultimately our countries. That is how we can change the world!
When an individual refuses to blame others, but makes the decision to take responsibility, that person is empowered to change his own results. Passing the buck or assigning blame to others gives away an individuals power to change his circumstances.
A New Battleground
Earlier this year, Leadership Expert Orrin Woodward visited the beaches of Normandy during a European speaking engagement. Contemplating the role that this theater of war played on D-Day, he blogged the following:
“Our ancestors fought for freedom with weapons, but today’s generation must fight for freedom with ideas. If we lose the battle of ideas, the real war is already lost. LIFE is a plan to do something, to restore the West to its former ideals. Where are you? Are you concerned with what is happening around you? Will you answer the call?”
Our nation is under attack. The evidence is in the daily headlines. We are in the midst of a leadership crisis. Who will take a stand to protect the liberties that so many take for granted? Who will make it their duty to ensure a freedom shift, not a force shift?