May 6, 2013

Change and Leadership Starts With You

Without Fear - 100PedalsOn Sunday, April 21, I started a new 100Pedals 100Day Challenge.  My challenge is to “consult” the I Ching or “Book of Changes” for the 100 days.  On the recommendation of a friend, I purchased this book. I found the inspirational perspectives resonates with much of how I live, think, and feel.  They provide great insights for living and the fresh insights from inspirations are most enjoyable.  Upon occasion, I will share my daily inspirations.  Below is the inspirational thought from yesterday’s consultation.


“Surrounded by obstructions, one must first retreat, the seek the direction of the sage.”

Obstructions are the byproduct of our own thinking.  Judging others obstructs our peace of mind and our progress.  See the best in others, allow them to pass through your life, and focus on self-improvement.

 “A healthy family, a healthy country, a healthy world — all grow outward from single superior person.”

For others to follow you, you must first be live what you believe and how you believe.  Strong families are built on the values of love, faithfulness and correctness.  To be the change we desire, to create the change we expect in others, to have others embrace our leadership, we must be the embodiment of love, faithfulness and correctness. 

100Pedals Lesson:  

The obstacles I have in my life are ones I have created through my own thoughts and deeds.  Removing these obstructions first requires a change in my behaviors, attitudes, and habits.  It is through this process of  continuous self-improvement that I become pretty prepared to support, guide and encourage others in their lives.

Inspiring and supporting others to follow the path of change, means I must already be consistently on that path.  Encouraging others to embrace the change I see possible in their lives requires they see the incredible opportunity and energy that comes from my living this change.

Before I can build a community that changes the world, I must be prepared to live and lead in the manner that is consistent to my commitment to faith, love and correctness — living without fear or judgement.  The task is clear — change from within; lead and grow from there.

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About Dave Cooke

Dave Cooke is a dad on a mission. His mission is to help parents get control of their lives over the powerful, destructive influences of a child's addiction. As the father of a son in a ten year heroin battle, Dave knows all to well the challenges parents and families face. He also knows there is a way to find peace in the chaos. It is his mission to help parents discover their path to a healthier, balanced life even if a child's active addiction is still part of their daily journey.