This question isn’t as kinky as it appears.
I’m actually somewhat serious.
So there’s no need to worry about me posting up images from the old “I Dream of Jeannie” TV show with Barbara Eden.
But don’t put it past me.
Although the TV show aired 45 years ago, that kind of research might be fun.
No, I’m talking about the person – your most trusted truth-challenger– who pushes you to get outside of your own lamp on occasion.
I hope you have one.
And that this person’s name immediately comes to mind.
Because whoever he or she is, a bit of appreciation is in order.
You see, I heard a successful marketer recently say “It’s impossible to read the label from inside of the bottle.”
Even I couldn’t miss this point.
Whether you call “your lamp” your comfort zone… your standard operational playbook… or the consensus opinion of your district leadership team, many of the best ideas and a-ha moments are not found within it.
Sometimes you need to step out OUT of your lamp in order to take a critical step UP.
That’s why you need someone who can honestly share an outsider’s perspective with you; someone you trust enough to routinely rub your lamp and draw you out.
This only makes sense, right?
So if it helps – I’ve gone ahead and posted this picture of Jeannie the genie – just to drive the point home.
And that’s the only reason I did it.
Just to make today’s Encourager more memorable.
It has nothing to do with me not being able to fight off the temptation to somehow work her picture in.
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