I heard John Maxwell say many years ago, “The best wisdom is given from the summit.”
The famous “Sermon on the Mount” in the Bible was not given to the masses, but only addressed to those disciples who climbed up the mountain with Jesus. It says in Matthew 5:1-3a, “And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, ‘Blessed are the poor…'”
Notice who the target audience was: Not “the multitudes.” Don’t confuse your hazy memory of a Hollywood movie containing a booming voice that echoes over a canyon. It says this message was addressed to the disciples… who followed him up.
Not the crowd way down below who didn’t make the journey up the mountain!
Cast vision that you will reward your followers with pearls that they only receive by taking the journey up with you. Buy books that help you succeed; then give them away to someone else in the organization who will benefit from them. If nothing else, it will clean off your dusty bookshelves (Hint: if you need a full bookshelf just for the image; it isn’t working!).
Speak from the summit to those on the journey. Change your strategy, and change their results.
Jim Mathis is an international Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) and author of the Best-selling Reinvention Made Easy: Change Your Strategy, Change Your Results. To receive his free monthly e-newsletter with articles like this send a SUBSCRIBE message to: email@example.com.