So here is my number #1 cheerleader! My first granddaughter, Kadence Marie. Yes, we are originally from Wisconsin. When I thought about the wisdom needed to effectively run an association cheer-leading came to mind. Don’t be fooled, cheer-leading is a competitive sport for a reason; its hard and it takes skill. One of my favorite television shows is Modern Family and I LOVE the character Phil Dunphy who is a perpetual cheerleader. Here is what he had to say about being a cheerleader, “There is no such thing as a born cheerleader. It takes hard work and sacrifice. You know what a human pyramid is without hours of training? 10 obituaries.”
The thing about being a constant source of optimism within your organization is that it can be emotionally and eventually physically draining. It is important that you remember, as an association executive, to replenish yourself. As an AE, the urge to work all the time is pervasive, but one must learn that part of the job is to work on one’s self. This means regular trips to the physician, getting your eyes checked once per year, twice annual dental check-ups and above all take the vacation time you have earned. No checking email or just completing that one report. You owe it to yourself, your family and your Board of Directors to take care of yourself.