Back in 1992, the baseball world saw history in the making as the Toronto Blue Jays won the world series championship. For the first time, the trophy would fly north of the border. Years before that, the Blue Jays were struggling, even to the point of being the laughingstock of the east division.
The team went through countless tweaking and transitions. At times, some trades were questionable. Management performed trades, giving away great farm team talent for veteran ball players. But time and again, they would come up short.
However, in 1989, management got rid of their coach, Jimmy Williams, and replaced him with batting coach Cito Gaston. Cito was known among the players as someone they could get along with. Cito believed in the potential of every one of his players.
That year, the Jays won the Eastern Division for the second time in franchise history. Fast forward to 1992 and you get the idea.
Everyone has potential
In my opinion, everyone has potential. It boils down to what people think about. If there is positive and optimistic thinking in the individual, it is highly likely that person may eventually achieve their goals, compared to somebody who is pessimistic.
Even if a person is under performing or has conditioned themselves as a klutz, if you change that person’s thinking, they may not only see life differently, but also realize what they are capable of.
Effective leaders see potential in every person they meet. They see an imaginary sign above those people, above their heads, that says “make me special”.
When you believe in a person, when you are able to make them believe in their own potential and possibilities, things usually turn out for the better.
It’s mostly important to believe in yourself, because that’s where it all starts. A leader who believes in themselves are more capable of getting people who have “checked out” to begin believing in themselves.
Just think about it too. When you inspire someone to believe in themselves, especially when they’ve checked out and stopped believing in themselves, you’ve planted a seed into their attitude and psyche. It may not happen overnight, but with time, something could change. Something for the better.
The world has focused more on the Science of professional development and less on the art of it. Perhaps it’s time to bring back that art and to start helping people help themselves.
Believe in people, help them and who knows? You might be inspiring the next leader of tomorrow while they are going through their own personal challenge.