Personal Leadership is Life Practiced with Heart

Live with HeartI believe personal leadership can best be defined by the phrase “it’s your life practiced well and with heart“.   When you live your life in search of a better you through practicing in the courageous pursuit of personal mastery – you live a life of heart-filled personal leadership.

By choosing what is meaningful and then living those choices with heart; you raise your bar above the norm. You’re giving effort to raise things up above ordinary, up to the level of extraordinary.

When you are willing to engage in ‘practice’ – you are willing to risk not being perfect.  You are willing to extend yourself in vulnerability and you are willing to learn to get better.

It is this authenticity in living that will elevate your experience to the level that feels more like a reward for yourself and an inspiration for others.

Here are 7 Ways to Practice your Life with Heart:

  1. Embrace the concept of failing effectively.  Failing effectively is taking learning from every effort – even if you fail.  The ability to see the best of what is – in any situation (even a failure) is cornerstone to leveraging your learning and being effective as someone who practices life with heart.  Imagine going through life – knowing you could not fail (really fail). Imagine having the ability to see the perfection in any given situation and the courage to keep on learning.
  2. Pursue mastery. Valuing the process of living through the pursuit of personal mastery has huge rewards.  Not only can you visually see your improvement, progress and purposefulness in action – you also get to move into the realm where life becomes almost like a jazz improvisation – where you move beyond competence into a place of flow and ease.
  3. Find your Flow.  Find that place where there is a resonance and just right balance between the challenge at hand and your current skills.  Putting your heart into something is one of the cornerstones of finding flow.   Read these 3 tips for finding your flow.
  4. Live in presence.  Finding your own personal presence is a moment by moment practice.  It’s the awareness the comes from the presence that will both inform and transform your ability to live in the wonder of the moment. Each and every one of them.
  5. Values – align with your own.  It can take real courage to live life on your own terms – in alignment with your own values instead of just accepting by default those of your family or your peers. Finding out what is truly meaningful and important to you can be an ongoing pursuit that changes as your life situation changes.  How many people do you know who raise the importance level of their own health after one of their parent’s pass away.  It’s like a wake up call to what is truly important to them. (NOW)
  6. Make a committment to congruence. Having your head, heart and hands all in alignment sends a message to yourself and to others around you – that says you are clear, confident and you are calm in your own skin. It says you love rather than fear.  When you practice life with congruence – you give yourself more access to both your intuition and to your heart.
  7. Play. The lightness that play brings to the art of practicing transforms your pursuit of mastery into something that is sustainable, enjoyable and nurturing.   The mindset of being at play and being playful can soothe your soul.

Why not make a committment to yourself today – to live your day with a lot of heart.  You deserve the reward.

Personal Leadership and Your Attitude Related Beliefs

personal leadership beliefsThe attitude you carry in personal leadership is a blend of your beliefs, feelings, values and your behaviors.   The quality of your personal leadership beliefs will dictate how you will feel and behave.   The opportunity is to live from beliefs that serve you moving forward in your own self leadership.

Here are 9 common personal leadership beliefs which can contribute to a great personal leadership attitude:

1.  There is always a better way. The pursuit of self mastery is a corner stone of the path of self leadership.  Choosing and then focusing on areas of personal growth and development drives the personal fulfillment from self mastery.  When the pursuit of the ” better way”  allows you to better serve in the world.  The by product is greater personal fulfillment and along side it, a great personal leadership attitude.

2.  Change starts from the inside. Personal leadership is leading from the inside – out.  It is choosing to live from your own values, essence  and sense of meaning – rather than the byproduct of life happening to you.   As you change, and then become the role model for change – your environment changes as a byproduct.  Old outdated behaviours like having the need to change someone (control) falls away and you become more allowing of those around you.

3. We are all one. Recognizing that we  (human kind) are all interconnected  dissipates any old patterns of judgment.  Again this is a belief that represents openness and allowing.   When you believe in oneness and then act from that place – decisions become more holistic – and generally are of more in service of win-win-win.

4. Self leadership is a lifestyle choice. Recognizing that a path of leading yourself  is a daily commitment to being focused and in the pursuit of personal mastery can create huge traction.  This is a very different from the belief that personal leadership is a end outcome or an accomplishment or the more common belief  that someone else has the reigns.

5.  Personal Leadership is developed through practice. Believing that you have the capacity to focus on what is meaningful and give that focus your time, energy and resources in a way that is courageous and light – makes the process of continual improvement enjoyable.  Recognizing that practice leads to mastery and that mastery leads to ease – and ease leads to the ability for greater service and personal fulfillment –  all helps to support the belief – that the play of learning – is all worthwhile.

6.  Self-care is part of my gift to the world. Taking care of yourself so that you can be around for a long, long while to continue to care for others – is a cornerstone of personal leadership.

7. Abundance is everywhere. Your beliefs around abundance and prosperity directly affect your ability to ask, give, and receive.   When you have a holistic abundance mindset – there is less resistance – internal or otherwise.

8. Life is a practical spiritual practice. Being willing to be moved by your own pure essence and the practices you undertake is part of a spiritual practice.   It is the meaning that comes from your chosen focus and how it serves the world (your life purpose) that lifts a path of self leadership in to the realm of spiritual. 

9. Personal leadership  is an elevated pursuit. So much of leading from the inside – out  is about a search for “better”.  A better you supporting a better community; a better world.   When you focus on this elevation from ordinary to extra-ordinary – amazing things happen.  You are inspired and inspiring.  You are a role model for others.  You lift up everything around you.

10.  Truthfulness leads to connection. Tell the truth.  When we are being authentic,  and our thoughts, feelings,  words and deeds are all in alignment (congruence) , we have the ability to feel more ease internally as well as bring together those people who value authenticity and connection via authenticity.