Ever pick out your favorite colors in M&M’s when you eat them? Are you drawn to a particular color? Statistically, the company puts the highest number of blue in each container…in fact 24% in each bag. Can you guess the least amount? Yep, brown, an average of 13%. Any guesses as to why blue is favored over brown? I don’t have the answers, but have my own theory.
Blue stands out
We are drawn to people for the same reason. We are often drawn to those people who stand out. It may not be because they are loud or outgoing, or because they are some great leader by position, or because of their following or even their money. It might be because of their gentle quiet spirit, or maybe it is how they consistently love people. They may stand out because of their guidance and leadership to those around them. Whatever it is, we all see it. They are different. They are the everyday leaders around us that stand out because of who they are and not for what they do.
These every day leaders are leading and influencing those around them in powerful ways. Perhaps it is by mentoring another. Maybe they are influencing someone by tutoring a high risk child. They may be the leader in a ministry or a business, leading a few or leading many; regardless, they are making a difference in the lives of others.
Go ahead try it…Stand out.
We are drawn to those who stand out by how they behave, how they think, how they respond, their integrity, their words, and their discipline. We know we can trust them, they have a servant heart and model it. We can count on consistent decisions and a strong confidence.
We are drawn to their character.
Just like the blue M&M’s stand out, I long to be that everyday leader that people are drawn to because of my character. I long to be someone who people can count on, someone who influences the people in my life. I want to make a difference today.
What about you? Are you willing to settle to be among the brown M&M’s or do you have the courage to stand out and be bold like the blue M&M’s? It is never to late to be the best you can be.
Start today. Stand out.
Be the Every Day Leader living a life of intention and make a difference.
Reblogged this on Sell, Lead, Succeed! and commented:
I came across this insightful post by Cathy Berggren yesterday and I wanted to share it now. I am always looking for posts that grab my attention, and what better way to make me stop in my tracks then a bowl full of M&Ms! The cool part is there is a wonderful message here as well for all leaders. Now I have to run to the store 🙂 Enjoy…
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This was an inspiring article, thank you. I certainly want to be an everyday leader.