Lead Your Own Life First
Wherever you go, everyone is talking about the importance of leadership skills. Sometimes it is so ironical to hear the lectures on leadership from the people who themselves have miserably failed as leaders. These examples of hypocrisies are so much prevalent in the corporate houses and work places. Leadership does not start from telling other people how to become better leaders. The true essence of leadership lies in being able to lead your own life setting the best examples not for others but yourself. If you are not your own leader, there is hardly any chance you will be able to lead the others.
Make promises to yourself and keep them. We have heard a great deal about being honest and truthful. Unfortunately, what we don’t realize is that before being honest to the world, you need to be honest to yourself first. Let’s take an example. You got generously appreciated for something you did but somehow you have a feeling that it is more than you deserve. But you like this feeling and you don’t want yourself to know that you did not merit such accolades. So you start weaving a web of silent affirmations around your lie to convince yourself that you truly deserved it. And soon you know that it is a truth. No one is saying that you go out and start telling everyone you did not deserve what you got. But you can be truthful to yourself in the least. In the same way, when we make promises to ourselves and are not able to keep them, we convince ourselves that it could not be done. Not being able to keep the promises is not bad. But not knowing yourself is.