It is a classic play repeating itself. Someone at the top asks everyone to take a leap of faith. The words used are always variations on a theme.
It is a new world. We need to change or we will cease to be relevant. You cannot wait for an invitation. You need to step out, be bold, and win. We will change. Life as you know if will be different.
I have heard this call on multiple occasions. More than once, I have taken the invitation and run with it. My advice to anyone listening; be cautious, very cautious. The calling may be logical. The invitation may resonate. It can seem as though it is what the team and the organization needs.
The warning is one of risk. Are you sure you are being called? Do you know that someone has your back? After listening to the bruised early adopters, my first that was “time to get up, God – get moving. The luckless think they’re Godforsaken.” (Psalm 10.12) They think they have been abandoned. They are sure that they are on their own. Unless they get help, they will never survive.
Life often plays out this way. The invitation to take a stand, move out first, is obvious. The call seems legitimate. Without any negative commentary, I would remind myself about the following mantras.
Just because a call is truthful, it does not follow that the call is directed specifically to me.
Even if the call is personal and truth filled, one must always remember that it may come with a price.
Taking a call is best done with others.
In short, I find myself asking, it the call mine? If so, what is the cost? Is anyone making the decision with me?
I do not then the team out on the limb had an opportunity to ask themselves these questions. Given that I believe in the call, the least I can do is stand with them, offering whatever support I can. I maybe too late for some, yet hope is never wasted. Hope matters.