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Missionary Zone Conferences arrived again this week, in Antwerp and Utrecht.
The first hour of our morning is a familiar one…
Group photo, welcome, hymn, prayer, motto, standards etc.
Then, it’s time for the most anticipated moment of every conference…
The surprise “toespraak” or talk/address, in Dutch.
The theme for their 5-minute talk, shared a few days earlier was 2 Nephi 31:20 – “How can I be steadfast in sharing the Gospel?”
The assignment, simply come prepared to speak!
Many choose to follow a well-known verse “If ye are prepared ye shall not fear” (D&C 38:30)
Others are prone to take a few unnecessary risks!
No-one is safe.
I sat looking at all the young missionaries.
Some make eye contact with me, and I give them a little wink.
Others keep their heads bowed and are anxious not to make eye contact, just in case!
There is a real sense of uneasiness and tension in the air, mixed with a little excitement too.
With a sense of foreboding everyone awaits!
Then, we invite at least 2 missionaries, to give their surprise toespraak.
Their faces are always a picture to behold.
Apprehension fills their entire being as they rise to the podium to speak.
Taking a deep breath, they compose themselves and launch into their talks.
For those who remain seated, nervous anxiety is instantly replaced with a sense of relief, so much so for many, that it swiftly fills the entire room.
In Antwerp, we heard from Averi Hanny and Luk Vanderlinden
In Utrecht, we had more time and heard from Alyssa Walker, Ian Schwab, Jelle van Vriesland and Emily Hodder.
All did really well.
Experience has taught me that the best preparation for tomorrow, is by doing your best today.
Later in the day, 1 or 2 departing missionaries, mentioned that they’d “escaped” their entire mission, and despite their regular periods of anxiety, were noticeably sad that they’d never had the opportunity to speak!
“Sorry you missed out” I said. “But I hope you kept all of those prepared talks up your sleeve, so that you can give a talk at a second’s notice.” “Oh yes” they replied, “I’d never thought about that!”
How has being prepared helped you succeed?
“Remind me again, what did he wear on the old scooter?” I asked mum, as we laughed together.
So, it was last night as we reminisced about dad’s scooter. Growing up in Dunfermline in the late 1960’s I recall my dad in his train driver uniform leaving for work. By the end of the 60’s all of the steam trains were replaced with diesel engines. As the engines changed, dad also had to switch depots and ended up having to travel to Alloa for every shift, a round trip of 35 miles or so. Dad never passed his driving test until the early 80’s, so every journey was made on his little scooter.
In the wintertime, the ride was not only treacherous on the old country roads of the time, but it was also a very cold one. Before he set off for a night shift, on the chilliest of evenings, I recall dad padding and lining his jacket, sleeves, and trouser legs with old newspapers to lessen the biting winter cold and the piercing winds. A simple old-fashioned way to stay warm, and his preparation was key.
A few years later as a young boy scout, I remember learning the motto of “be prepared”, which has remained as a constant with me throughout my life in all that I do.
Our world of 2021 is filled with uncertainty and I am sure for all of us, many more chilly and difficult nights are still ahead as we journey through the challenges life will bring.
So, are you ready for the next challenge and what can you do right now to be better prepared?
Are you being 𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐥𝐲-𝐭𝐮𝐧𝐞𝐝 ?
Over the last 2 days, I have spent nearly 8 hours each day on a brand new managing your team virtual learning programme. It has been a stretching experience, long hours, a few headaches and a little bit of pressure thrown in for good measure too. All that said it has been extremely insightful too.
Yesterday, as each of the virtual facilitators took it in turn to deliver a 75 minute section, we carefully listened and participated throughout the learning session. As each facilitator concluded their delivery, one by one, we took it in turns to provide feedback. It was a great experience to receive an in the moment peer review. I came away feeling as if I was being 𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐥𝐲-𝐭𝐮𝐧𝐞𝐝 !
To fine-tune means: “to make small adjustments to (something) in order to achieve the best or a desired performance”
At the conclusion of the day, each of us thanked our virtual trainer for her guidance and assistance throughout. I came away feeling more prepared, more confident, more assured and primed ready to step up into action!
How are you preparing for your forthcoming assignments and how are you being 𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐥𝐲-𝐭𝐮𝐧𝐞𝐝?
Are you ready to lead? Are you sure? Why should anyone be led by you?
Many years of preparation and following others had led to that moment. A challenging situation, required decisive action. When the call came, I was ready. Instinctively I knew what to do. A leader steps up to make difficult decisions.
Don’t wait for an invitation – see the potential in yourself! If you’re starting out your career, say “yes” when someone sees the leader in you and offers you a chance to practice and develop new leadership skills. I recall many years ago, a wise leader said to me, “Daryl, what are you doing here?” It was a powerful challenging call to action, and it set my career direction. He and I both knew I needed to take another path – I just needed a push.
Are you aware of your personal values, do you know what they are? If not, then you need to know what is important in your life and what really matters most to you. How can you influence others if you don’t know what really matters to you?
Alexander Graham Bell observed “Before anything else preparation is the key to success.” Start early, be steady, observe, listen and learn how to follow. Be open to learning and growing.
What can you do now to prepare for the call to leadership? leadership