By Laura Novakowski,
President, Positive Power Strategies, Inc.
Today, leadership in not for the faint hearted. Instead, leadership belongs to those explorers that are willing and able to take on new adventures, demand new challenges and command change. The new leader is the continuously exploring the greatest horizon; they journey to the center of self. (read more)
Man is constantly in search of new solar systems, new inventions, new…, new…new…. Seeking, always seeking, the external, the unknown. In this search, little satisfaction or happiness is discovered. In this pursuit, the self often is lost.
The leader who explores themselves, their motives, their actions, their thoughts and their feelings gains intuition into how to find those opportunities that have repeatedly shown up and have been often overlooked. Russell Conwell’s wonderful Acres of Diamonds (Source: http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/rconwellacresofdiamonds.htm) is based on the story of a man named Ali Hafed who desperately wanted to find diamonds. He destroyed his family and his life because his journey didn’t allow him to explore what he already possessed. There are diamonds everywhere in our own back yard and yet we continue to travel to the ends of the earth to find wealth, health and happiness.
Turning our journey inward becomes an essential aspect to our personal and professional success. When we dedicate our time and attention to understanding our thoughts, feels, and actions, we gain valuable insight into our abilities to assume leadership roles, handle challenges, find our passions and follow our dreams.
Thoreau has a quote that reads, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” When we fail to journey to the center of self, we fail to discover those “songs” that are trapped within the center of our particular universe. When we actively explore our inner world, we gain courage, excitement, leadership and extraordinary results.
It is time to take the lead in your journey to the center of self.