Leading New Frontiers: Challenges In The Race For Distinction

"Difficult Roads Often Lead To Beautiful Destinations"
“Difficult Roads Often Lead To Beautiful Destinations”

In his speech after he emerged winner of The United Kingdom general election, David Cameron assured the people that, “Despite all the achievements of the past, the real opportunities lie ahead..”

He said, “The government I led did important work. It laid the foundations for a better future and now we must build on them. I truly believe we are on the brink of something special in our country. We can make Britain a place where a good life is in reach for everyone who is willing to work and do the right thing.”

This statements describes the attitude of a leader who will never settle for the past – whether good or bad. Great leaders are dealers in leading new frontiers. They always rise to new challenges that brings improvement on whatever has been achieved in the past.

I remember John F. Kennedy before he became the President of America in October 1960 once gave an inspiring speech about leading new frontiers which stirred hope and anticipation in the people.

I speak tonight in a historic spot, in an area which will be forever associated with the qualities of courage and conviction. Here, on a cold and bitter frontier, men who believed that these States were and ought to be independent, dedicated their lives to the cause of freedom.

I have said in this campaign that we stand today on a new frontier, a frontier that will demand of us all, in each individual home as well as the White House those same qualities of courage and conviction.

For we are moving into the most challenging, the most dynamic, the most revolutionary period of our existence – the 1960’s. The next 10 years will be years of incredible growth and change – years of unprecedented tasks for the next President of the United States.

President John F. Kennedy indeed led United States into a revolutionary, incredible growth and change. He had his challenges but he confronted them with conviction and courage.

People need a leader ready to lead new frontiers. Challenges in the race for distinction confronts every organization, family, society and nation – And it always demand that a leader must be ready to meet with both dangers and opportunities. Yet, the task  before a leader is to overcome those dangers and seize those opportunities.

Examine Your Challenges Meticulously. You cannot lead new frontiers without first examining the challenges confronting you. It is more easier to break new grounds when you have meticulously examined the challenges before you.

Strive the More. There’s no room for leaders who can easily give in to pressure to still be able to lead new frontiers. You must be willing to strive the more.

Be Aware of Your Potential. Of course, you cannot decide to face the future when you have not discovered that what you have inside is more than enough to cater for what you need outside. That’s simply how to raise the awareness of your potential.

Be Willing to Face Oppositions. The race for distinction is a distance you will travel moving pass and ahead of those who will not want you to achieve anything new in life. You must be willing to face whatever pressure that wants to stop you.

As leaders, we all have a mandate to lead our people in new frontiers. We are not to settle for past achievements. We must be committed to the future. We must receive grace from God to take people from where they are to where God wants them to be. We must lead new frontiers.

The secret of New Frontier leaders is that they believe, the real opportunities lie ahead.

“Wall is a frontier for the cow but not for the bird! What makes something frontier for you is the abilities you possess!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan