Personal Leadership – 7 Ways to Re-ignite Your Life

by anne preston on November 5, 2010

re-ignite your life

Looking for some renewed spark in your life?  If you are like most folks, your light may have grown dimmer as a result of  life’s experiences or the choices you’ve made or the path you have traveled.   It actually takes a plan and a desire to want more, to light things up a little.   The plan?  well it’s different for each of us.   The path of personal leadership has a lot to do with re-igniting your own life – so that you can then lead by example.  If you find your self thinking ” I could be a lighter, brighter light, or I want more” , perhaps it is time for you to undertake some action that will help you get your spark back.

It is this spark for more that is at the core of personal leadership development.

Here are 7 ways you can create some sparks:

1.  Identify what is meaningful for you in Mind, Body and Spirit.   Meaning has everything to do with what is important  and what is fulfilling.   Identify what holds both for you.

2. Do more of what you are passionate about. Our passions are energy giving.  Even if you just invest 5% more effort in pursuing a passion as a place of beginning – there are huge energetic rewards to be had.

3.  Bring more rituals into your life. Rituals around what is sacred and meaningful to you – can be a real charge.  This kind of habitual focusing can build real energy that can ignite even the dampest of situations.   You can start with any ritual and then begin to add them on.  Even if it is only doing a little journaling once a day.  Begin  simply.  Over time – you can add in other little energy giving rituals.

4.  Empty the energy drains from your life. Tolerations  are those things that sap energy from your life.  Those things that you have “shoulds”  around.  “I should mend that blouse, I should clean the blinds or the car, or get the oil checked”… all the little things that take up your thinking space.

5.  Express your self to the fullest. Express yourself  – or deal with any fears of embarrassment, rejection, or fear relating to having your powerful self expression.   When you get fully self expressed – you can feel the spark of fire in your belly.

6.  Drum up a your authentic courage. Courage when made a regular practice is like a snow ball rolling  in new fallen snow.  It expands.  It just keeps on expanding and  expanding through just the action of being in constant movement.

7. Get super effective. Effectiveness channeled in your chosen  meaningful direction – can lead to greater productivity,  more aligned decision making and better results.   Once you know what you know what you want and begin doing it – next continually improve how you do it.

As you can see – getting your spark back is very doable – it just takes a commitment and some practice.   Even if it is just being mindful where your fire is dimming – and beginning to bring in the desire for something better and something more.  That too would be a really great start.

Think on what kind of commitment you would like to make to your own personal leadership development plan.

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Personal Leadership Development December 14, 2010 at 2:55 AM

I like your second way to “create some sparks” in your life”. Doing more of what you are passionate about is such an important concept to grasp, as it can sometimes be the only thing that drives us to get out of bed in the mornings. You’re absoloutely right, getting back your ‘spark’ takes commitment and focus, but it is so worth it because it gives us that bit of extra energy and enthusiasm in our lives.

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Anne Preston December 14, 2010 at 1:12 PM

One of the best ways to get reconnected with your passions is to remember things that you loved to do – yet stopped doing for one reason or another. When re remember high point experiences – often from a mind-body perspective – we begin to remember with our bodies – how passionate we were. This remembering can create a jumping off point – for new thoughts of passions we might like to engage in.

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Personal Leadership Development December 22, 2010 at 5:25 AM

You are quite correct Anne, isn’t it interesting that we let our lives get in the way of doing the things we love doing simply because we get ‘busy’. Sometimes we forget why we are here, and what our purpose is. We need to ensure we stay in touch with our desires, as the things we want are emotional, and these will always outweigh the things we need, which are logical.

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Anne Preston December 22, 2010 at 9:51 PM

You make a good point. “getting busy” can take away focus from what is important. The path of personal leadership is a lot about transforming “busy-ness” into purposefulness. It’s about choosing what is truly important – and then choosing to keep your focus there. I believe when we let our lives “get in the way” – that’s just another way of saying we lost our focus for a bit. The opportunity is always to stop, and then refocus on what is truly meaningful. The good news is – this kind of focus is possible for anyone and is very doable as long as it something that is desired.

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