Stop looking outside, start looking inside, and be a leader.
We often seek inspiration and motivation from outside sources. We look at leaders in the press, or in books and movies. We try to emulate their approach or their words. It is a fine course of action. In fact, I think it’s important to understand how successful people got to where they are in life. So many amazing people have paved the way for us and we have a lot to learn from them. But there comes a point in life when you must leave them behind, otherwise you’ll always be following. And right now, more than ever, our society needs people to stand up and lead.
Lately, I’ve thought more and more about looking inside my own being, my own mind and taking the next right action that I know I will be proud of. I want to be a leader to myself. I want to take actions that I am inspired by. I want to hit the bed every night knowing that I did the best I could, that I took the extra effort, and know that I was a good example for those around me.
Transcendentalist, Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
Here are three things you can do right now to become self-inspired and make your own trail:
Meditate. There is nothing better than sitting quietly and listening to the voices in your own head. Once the typical mind chatter begins to settle, the true inner voices present themselves. It’s these aha moments that we need to pay attention to. In your next meditation pay attention to the space between the thoughts and notice any new, creative, uncharacteristic ideas that are presented.
Be counter intuitive. So many of us follow a path. We go to school, find the right job, blah, blah, blah. You’ve heard it all before, but if you look back at history, it’s the outliers who push the boundaries. It is the inspired leaders who take risks that are expanding our horizons. The more we do this as individuals, the more our society changes as a whole.
Take unexpected action. Now it’s time to put your counter intuitive-ness into action! Once you’re in touch with the inspired side of yourself and you feel connected to the greater source. You’re no longer following, you’re leading, that is the time to act. Act without apologies. You’ll find that when you take action that you’re proud of, that you’ve done because you’re inspired or motivated by your own actions, that you will move others to take action. I’ve watched this happen with some very close friends and I’ve done it myself.
So, a huge dose of gratitude goes to those who’ve done it before us and now it’s time to step up our own game. Look inside, create your path, and do it unapologetically. I’m here if you need help along the way. @teddymcdonald
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