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An Ideal Leader (Part 1 of 2)

The qualities

An ideal leader get things done and make things happen though odds are low.

Are you frustrated at work, when things don’t seem to be happening the way they’re supposed to be?

You see people milling around but no accomplishments. And in the daily hustle and bustle, do you feel that your goals remain as goals. Then maybe its time for you to stand up and do something about it.

Most people are content just to stand around listening for orders. And it isn’t unusual to adopt a follow-the-leader mentality. But maybe, somewhere inside of you, you feel the desire to make things happen – to be the head, not the tail. Then maybe leadership just suits you fine.

Leaders, made or born?

Some people believe that great leaders are made, not born. Yes, it may be true that some people are born with natural talents. However, without practice, without drive, without enthusiasm, and without experience, there can be no true development in leadership.

You must also remember that good leaders are continually working and studying to improve their natural skills. This takes a commitment to constantly improve in whatever endeavor a person chooses.

Definition of Leadership

First of all, let’s define leadership. To be a leader, one must be able to influence others to accomplish a goal, or an objective. He contributes to the organization and cohesion of a group.

Contrary to what most people believe, leadership is not about power. It is not about harassing people or driving them using fear. Rather it is about encouraging others towards the goal of the organization.

It is putting everyone on the same page and helping them see the big picture of the organization. You must be a leader not a boss.

You have to get people to follow you.

How is this accomplished?

People follow others when they see a clear sense of purpose. People will only follow you if they see that you know where you are going. Remember that bumper sticker? The one that says, don’t follow me, I’m lost too?

The same holds true for leadership. If you yourself do not know where you’re heading to, chances are people will not follow you at all.

You yourself must know the vision of the organization. Having a clear sense of hierarchy, knowing who the bosses are, who to talk to, the organization’s goals and objectives, and how the organization works is the only way to show others you know what you are doing.

 

Continue reading the last part.

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Knowledge Is Not Power

Knowledge, a power?

Knowledge is not a power, that i know for sure. Whoever first said that knowledge is power was probably selling encyclopedias.

Knowledge is a tool, like money and influence. Tools are only powerful if they are used effectively.

How, then, do you make a head full of knowledge into a powerful tool?

  1. Seeing clearly what can be done.
  2. Knowing your own limitations.
  3. Acting on what you know.

Wise Action, Not Knowledge, Is Power

Investors often learn so much that they think they can consistently predict the course of the stock market. In reality, there are probably fewer than ten old investors that have never lost money.

Wise investors know that the best they can do is get the odds in their favor, so they’ll have more wins than losses. You have to see the limitations of knowledge.

I can read about how to sing, and even get advice from a voice coach, but I can’t sing well. I’m not saying that I could never sing well, only that right now I cannot.

If I’m not willing to do what is necessary, then I would be wise to look for a non-singing way to make money. You have to see our own limitations.

Act

The most important part of making knowledge into power, is to act. You can study political philosophy and every aspect of the political process for a decade, and still have no power. Power is in the effective application of what you know.

Imagine an inventor with a hundred ideas on paper. He has a head full of knowledge, and a creative imagination, but nothing to show for it.

Now imagine a simple man with one new invention, who understands the limits of innovation without marketing, and sees his own limitations in that area. He seeks out the people that can help, and makes millions. Now that’s power.

Questions To Help You Find Your Life’s Purpose (Part 2 of 2)

Please read the first part.

 

Continuation:

 

Colleagues and acquaintances

  1. Who would I most like to work with?
  2. What would my perfect day be like?

Spiritual

  1. Is there a spiritual side to me, waiting to be unleashed?
  2. What would I like to do, RIGHT NOW, which would bring me the most happiness or pleasure?
  3. Which special gift do I have that I could give to the world?
  4. What makes me cry with joy, or brings tears to my eyes?

Hypothetical

  1. What would I like to do this weekend, just for fun?
  2. If I could be granted the power to change the world, what would I do?
  3. If I were given three wishes, what would they be?

Emotions

  1. What is something that scares me a bit, but would be really exciting if I did it?
  2. What does my heart say I am to do with my life?

Pride

  1. Which qualities do I possess that I am really proud of?
  2. What have I done in my life that I am really proud of?

Kindness

  1. If I had time available to contribute to a charity, or some cause, what would it be?
  2. What am I usually doing when I suddenly realize that time has flown by, and all my focus has been on that one task?

Travel and history

  1. What do I want to do on my next vacation?
  2. Who in history would I most love to be, and why?

Regrets and purpose

  1. What do I most regret not doing, so far in my life?
  2. At the end of my life, what would I most regret not having done?
  3. What is my life’s purpose?
  4. If I had to take a best guess at my life’s purpose, and just get started with something that excites me, what would it be?

Ponder these questions for a while. Pick out one that you can really relate to, and ask yourself the question over and over and over, until you have an answer.

The answers are within. If you ask, you will receive your answer.

You can live a life of purpose. You can live a life of passion and success! Ask, until you get your answer. And then take massive action. It’s worth it, I promise.

 

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Fear and Reason (Part 3 of 4)

Please read the first part and second part.

 

Continuation:

Fear, anyone?

The reaction has always a good intention, meaning, in each case, “Take care! Danger!” You will see that this if you will look for a moment at three kinds of fear. Those are fear of self, fear for self, fear for others.

Fear of self is indirectly fear for self-danger. Fear for others signifies fore sensed or fore pictured distress to self because of anticipated misfortune to others. I often wonder when we fear for others, it is distress to self or hurt to them. More often than not, that is most emphatically in our thoughts.

Fear, then, is usually regarded as the soul’s danger signal. But the true signal is instinctive and thoughtful reason.

Even instinct and reason, acting as warning, may perform their duty abnormally, or assume abnormal proportions. And then we have the feeling of fear. The normal warning is induced by actual danger apprehended by mind in a state of balance and self-control.

Normal mind is always capable of such warning. There are two ways in which so-called normal fear acting in the guise of reason, may be annihilated. It can be by the substitution of reason for fear, and by the assurance of the white life.

Normal fear

Normal fear means normal reason real fear being denied place and function altogether. Then we may say that such action of reason is a benefactor to man. It is, with pain and weariness, the philanthropy of the nature of things within us.

One person said: “Tired? No such word in my house!” Now this cannot be a sound and healthy attitude. Weariness, at a certain stage of effort, is a signal to stop work. When one is too busy then lose consciousness of the feeling of weariness, he has issued a “hurry call” on death.

I do not deny that the soul may cultivate a sublime sense of buoyancy and power; rather do I urge you to seek that beautiful condition.

 

Continue reading last part.

The Awesome Power Of Words

 

On some playground as I child, I learned to sing the song “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” I guess that was to appease the bullies on the playground as we stuck out our tongues at them, but in reality it couldn’t be farther from the truth. Words do hurt and they can do great harm. Wars have been fought because of words.

There are many people who are struggling in life today not because of physical injuries on a playground but from words spoken out in anger, rage or disgust. Physical injuries through the years have healed fast and words have not healed so fast. For many, negative and destructive words play over and over like a bad movie in the heart and soul.

Words are very powerful. We listen to the words spoken to us and they impact us more than we realize. They move us, inspire us to action, comfort and encourage us, bring healing or they can crush us and devastate us. We are changed either positively or negatively simply because of words. We are even impacted by our own words and tend to follow what we have declared. You have heard people say they are not good enough, smart enough and it seems that their life follows suit. They almost become self-fulfilling prophecies.

I am reminded what the writer of Proverbs says about the power of words:

“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:20

“A fool’s mouth is his undoing and his lips are a snare to his soul.” Proverbs 18:7

Be careful of what you say as it just might come to pass. I am not advocating that we never speak what is reality. If we are hurt, angry or depressed, denying it is not going to make it go away. I do think it would serve us well to take inventory of our speech. What would it be like to tape ourselves on any given today? We probably would not be very happy by what we heard. What are we declaring about ourselves on a daily basis? What is our self-talk like?

When we speak, we really are listening to our own words and those words are impacting us either positively or negatively. What would happen if our words started sounding more like God’s words about us? What would happen if were intentional about speaking words that brought life and encouragement to ourselves and others?

Our words are powerful. They are ever changing us and others around us. What kind of life do we really want to live? If our tongues have the power of life and death and you and I are going to eat the fruit of our conversations, I say it’s time to start speaking in the right direction. If we can learn to encourage, build up and not to tear down ourselves or others around us, I believe we will experience powerful changes of good “fruit” in our lives.