This question stared at me from a piece of paper one day; and I struggled to provide an honest answer.
Oh sure, I had all kinds of noble responses. They were the ones that most people expected to hear. But in the quiet of my mind, the question actually kind of haunted me. Why do I get out of bed in the morning? What is it I am really trying to accomplish each day
Truth be told, I don’t always have to get out of bed to actually have a productive day. I’m a thinking-man, and much of my thinking can be done in the car, at a desk, or, yes, even in the bed with a computer on my lap.
Do leaders really need to have an answer for the question, what gets me out of bed? I think yes. But not in the traditional sense.
Leadership doesn’t necessarily happen in the factory or job site any more. Our culture has gone digital and shows no signs of regressing anytime soon. A leader can lead from anywhere and the tools necessary to be effective are, literally, at the fingertips.
To answer this question well, I think a leader must reflect on two different questions:
- What’s my global purpose? The answer is abstract. Some examples might be: To know Christ and make Him known; to make hell a ghost town; to change the lives of children or women or minorities or whatever else inspires you. It’s really not a very tangible purpose and one that is very difficult to measure.
- What’s my local purpose? The answer is concrete. Some examples might be: To romance my wife; to submit my will to authorities in my life; to help my friend, Mike, with his problem. The local purpose can be measured at the end of the day, but it supports the global purpose. Without a local purpose, we end up as wanderers never truly knowing if we hit the global mark. Anyone can come up with a global purpose that’s shiny and impressive. It takes a person of real leadership to craft a local purpose and hold themselves accountable to it.
I think both of these questions need to be answered before your feet hit the floor each day–especially the local purpose. The reason you get out of bed is your first real act of leadership everyday.
What about you? What gets you out of bed?