Facing the Giants
Idealism. Zeal. Exuberance. Energy. These are just a few of the characteristics you see in youthful leaders. Sort of like the young David, before anyone knew that he would become a king; the day he pulled out his slingshot and killed the infamous giant, Goliath.
The majority thought Goliath was too big to fight – David thought he was too big to miss.
Some days, it seems we must face multiple giants, but the giant named “FEAR” is the one that most of us have encountered somewhere along our journey. I’ve pulled 7 lessons from the legendary encounter of David and Goliath that are as relevant today as they were centuries ago. Methods change, but principles are timeless.
1) There are more forces working against you than those that are for you. This doesn’t mean that those forces have more power or authority, but if the way isn’t smooth, the opposition shouldn’t come as a shock. Giants don’t yield their territorial hold with a polite shrug. When you get on target with the task you’re uniquely gifted to accomplish, the resistance you face may even increase for a season.
2) Feelings of inadequacy are normal. You don’t have to feel adequate as long as you’re committed.
3) Expect criticism – especially from friends and family. David’s brothers were scornful and belittling, but he disregarded their negativity and pressed through until he had audience with the king. Get critical information on which you base decisions directly from the source, lest the facts be tainted by naysayers.
4) Beware of well-meaning advice that doesn’t apply to you. Advice made with the best intentions can be still be utterly wrong.
5) Show up. More deals have been closed, contracts have been rewarded and sales have been made by average people with above-average work ethic. Being present at the moment of decision is critical to success.
6) Know your strengths. Train and prepare with vigilance as you watch for the opportunity to apply what you’ve learned. David didn’t have experience with slaying giants, but he had killed his share of lions and bears as a shepherd.
7) Go where others are afraid to go, do what others are afraid to do, and you’ll have what others only wish for.