Formal leadership is the outgrowth of your ability to master the art of self leadership; that is, “the ability to establish a specific direction for your own life, and to proceed in that direction with the self-confidence that comes only to one who knows where he or she is going.”
In order to determine where you want to go, first establish where you are now. Everyone has untapped potential to excel. Few will ever understand the process or feel the thrill of becoming the best they can be. Becoming the “best you can be” is why you are engaged in The Intersection of Purpose & Now; it’s why people engage the services of a coach. If it is what you want then it is what I want for you and from you, just as it is for all of my clients.
Before Formal Leadership you must have Self Leadership. Before Self Leadership you must have Self Image. Before healthy Self Image you must have Self Love. To experience Self Love you must learn to Love Others. To truly Love Others you must know the Love of God. If the foundation is strong, the rest will be supported.
Every life has a reason. Leadership is an active process of knowing what you want out of life, and what you are going to give with your life. Leadership is first being, and then doing. Leaders develop a singleness of purpose; they find purpose in life and give purpose to life. Leaders know who they are, where they are going, and how they will get there. How you lead your life not only determines your future, it also determines the future of those around you.
The leaders I serve are committed to improving the quality of life for themselves and for the world around them through authentic self-expression that adds value through their relationships with, and service to, God, family, their businesses and customers, friends, neighborhoods, church, communities, civic and social groups, governments and even society as a whole…
The purpose of this process is to create focus. The truly successful leader understands the difference between who he or she is, and who he or she wants to be. As you continue your journey toward the person you want to be, continue to ask yourself the following questions:
- Where am I today?
- Where do I want to be a year from today? In five years? In ten years?
- What is important?
- If I realize my goals, what will be my rewards?
- What are the consequences if I fail?
- What is standing in my way?
- What are the possible solutions for those obstacles?
- What specific action steps do I need to take to accomplish my goals?
Whether you follow the path to mediocrity or personal success is a matter of your own free choice. Courage becomes a reflection of a growing desire to become the kind of person you want to and will become, to have the kind of life you deserve, and to be the successful leader you were meant to be.