Leadership Strategy: Lead yourself first

One of the key steps in being an amazing and powerful leader is to lead yourself.  What do we mean by that?  We all have that “inner voice” that talks to us.  One way to empower yourself and unleash the amazing leader within is to recognize and manage your inner voice. 

Step One - Create awareness.  Be an observer of yourself.  Listen to what thoughts are in your mind and the words coming out of your mouth.  Often people have “limiting beliefs”, old tapes that keep us locked into old behaviors.  Examples, I’m not good enough.  I’m not smart enough.  I don’t have the credentials to be…..or do…. etc.

Make a list of your limiting beliefs.  If fearful thoughts come up, feel them, let them go and move beyond them.

Step TwoTurn off the critical or limiting “tape” and create a new empowering or “limitless” belief for yourself.  For each limiting belief, re-write it into a powerful statement or affirmation.  An affirmation is a positive statement or meditation that helps us envision ourselves in more powerful ways.  A characteristic of an effective leader is the ability to be innovative, see possibilities and make wise choices.  Do this for yourself.  What empowering words will you choose for yourself?  Focus on what you want, not what you don’t want.  Example, I am an influential leader.  I’m confidently and enthusiastically leading my team toward our company goals.  I’m smart and good at what I do.

Step Three – Daily repetition.  Read and state your positive affirmations every morning. Visualize yourself being this way. This creates positive energy to powerfully take you through the day as a leader.

To be an amazing leader, first lead yourself!  Each day, let go of your limiting beliefs and replace them with empowering beliefs that better serve you and who you choose to be.

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