Leaders are Everyday Heroes Who Inspire

2020 is definitely a year to remember. While there have been several events that have played a big role in shaping the year, the most memorable is COVID. As COVID wears on, and COVID fatigue sets in, I am, and I dare say that we all are looking for inspiration and hope. We are looking for leaders to bring that hope, to inspire us to do better, to be better and to to make the world a better place.

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Courage Part 2: What Will Others Think? Approval Addiction and People Pleasing

When I was growing up, my mother would always say, “what will people think?” It would drive me bananas, I would say, “who cares what they think?”

Some of us spend a lot of time caring about what other people think of us, and what we are doing; many of these people are either casual acquaintances or strangers. Worrying about what others think affects our ability to be courageous, to step out of our comfort zone, pursue those things that make us better, and become the leaders we want to be.

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Character – Courage

Integrity and courage are critical to leadership.

Courage has three features: a noble goal, personal risk, and choice.

I’m not talking about running into a burning building courage. I’m talking about Brené Brown’s:

”ordinary courage; the courage to be vulnerable and disappointed. Every time we choose courage, we make everyone around us a little better and the world a little braver.”

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Character – Integrity

What is integrity?

Integrity means following your moral or ethical convictions and doing the right thing in all circumstances. It means that your are true to yourself and would do nothing that would disgrace or discredit you. It is your moral compass.

Why is integrity important?

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Leadership and Character

Watch your thoughts, they become words.

Watch your words, they become actions.

Watch your actions, they become habits.

Watch you habits, they become character.

Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.

Frank Outlaw

Character the Foundation for Leadership

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Control Your Emotions – Calm Leadership

Life is tough and having the strength and resilience necessary to cope is critical. Most people know to eat right, sleep enough to rest your mind and body-these are the basics. To have the right frame of mind for the day, more is needed to advance your goals and develop a leadership mindset.

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“I think, therefore I am” René Descartes

 How we live our life is based on what we think of ourselves.

I came acorss this poem that I think really expresses it well by Walter D. Wintle.

If you think you are beaten, you are

If you think you dare not, you don’t,

If you like to win, but you think you can’t,  it is almost certain you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost

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