Know When and How to be a “Sheep Dog”

Sheep Dogs Life Leaders

People tend to be born–and many continue–to live with the mindset of sheep. They need to be fed and protected or they may die. Sometimes, it’s fine to be sheep–eating, sleeping, being part of a herd. Sometimes, we need to be Sheep Dogs–the one or one of those who accepts the call to serve, protect, lead, or provide for others.

Many think first of our military and first responders, which is good. They are protectors and they provide service and sacrifice. We should also think of leaders in families, communities, and places of work and worship.

For the veteran or civilian who has chosen alcohol or narcotics or anger to cope with PTSD, moral injury, or other pain, the inner “Sheep Dog” can come out and develop to take care of self better to boost capacity to care for others. The enemy of our loved ones is not always a predator or terrorist–sometimes the “Goliath” we need to “Master” is within our choices.

Part of our purpose on this planet is to Plan and Lead in Life as our best-selves. 

Life Leaders is hosting a public service seminar in the Birmingham Area to help us know better when and how to be a Sheep Dog, led by Col. Stretch Dunn (USA Ret), co-author of Professionalism Under Stress: Lessons for Professionalism, Stress, and Gunfighting in Military and Civilian Life (Dunn & Dyson).

Life Leaders hosts monthly events focused on Planning for the 7 Areas of Life, Best-Self Leadership, Patriotism in Action, and Freedom to Flourish. And, we provide educational and community development program and project leadership. To receive an invitation or information:

What’s your first instinct when you feel like quitting?

“When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Yes, it’s true, as you might be thinking, sometimes we need to cut our losses. More often, we need to persevere, adjusting to improve based on what’s working–and not. We need to pay attention to our plans, actions, and results–and decide if we need to work more or differently.  We may need a better strategy to get to our vision. If you have a written plan, it’s easier and better to assess, change, and renew–that could be your next move.


Enjoy Freedom that comes with Courage

Many of us hold back, sometimes unconsciously, on pursuing our callings and dreams–because of fear. We sometimes dwell on possible negative results like failure or embarrassment.

Coaching clients and seminar students often say they stay in their “comfort zones” too much because of “what people might think” if they tried something special.

Consider the people you admire most–they likely have tried, failed, and persisted to fulfill ideas in which they believe, even if others could see their flaws and failures. Follow their example.

Allow yourself to try and occasionally fall short. Just do your best, continue to improve your capacities, and enjoy the freedom that comes with courage.

Adapted from Suggestions for Successful Living: Positive Ideas for the 7 Areas of Life, Dr. David Dyson. Additional writing on developing ourselves in Professionalism Under Stress by Col. Stretch Dunn (USA Ret) and Dr. David Dyson.