Times are rough. Companies are struggling to make it. Startups come and go. Wars are being fought all over the world and often the battle wether it be for your life, health or business can seem hopeless.
But the truth is it is not hopeless. My favorite battle victory stories are the ones where the odds seemed impossible. But history tells us they were not. In fact all of those battles had a strong leader that lead with resolve, inspiration and hope.
Churchill gave three pivotal speeches during World War II but my favorite has been most commonly referred to as the “We will Fight on the Beaches” given to the House of Commons in Parliament June 4th 1940. In that speech he had to do three things; To announce what he deemed a “colossal military disaster” in France and Belgium, make England and the rest of the free world aware of how dire the situation was with Hilters real threat of invading the British Isles, and third (and I would say most importantly) inspire great confidence and resolve in winning the coming battle. Here is an excerpt from that speech that most inspires me:
We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and if, which I do not for a moment believe, this island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God’s good time, the new world, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old. (I encourage you to listen to the speech in whole via the Guardian)
So a leaders communication can mean everything to those facing a hard time. That is why Churchill, and many other historical greats like him chose to speak. Yes the battle might seem hopeless and doom may be looming but each of us can communicate in our greatest effort a message that will draw forth the best in those around us. So if given the chance, speak truth. Speak confidence in yours and others strength. Most of all speak hope.