When it comes to manifesting your desires, you have to truly want them first. You cannot expect any of them to happen if you do not fervently wish for them to begin with. This applies to a lot of things, from your career goals to your personal relationships.
Indeed, if you want to make a difference, you have to begin with changing yourself first. In the same vein, before you learn how to lead a team, start with developing your leadership capabilities by first leading yourself well.
But why is it essential to focus on yourself if you want to enact lasting change within your life? Well, for starters, living a purposeful existence has a positive effect on those around you. You may just be one person, but you can create a ripple effect that can go far beyond yourself when you decide to prioritise changing yourself (and the world, by extension) for the better.
Attending to Your Own Personal Development
It can be frustrating to feel like you can’t do anything when you look at your life. Your status when it comes to your studies, work, or relationships may be far from ideal and impossible to fix. Standing back and watching everything, you may feel defeated and stuck where you currently are.
However, you may only be feeling discouraged because you’re focusing too much on what you have no control over. Things could indeed be better, but it is equally important to remember that everything doesn’t have to be perfect for a significant improvement to occur.
Altering reality often involves changing how you perceive and respond to it. By focusing on improving your skills and opening your mind, you can make an impact where it matters most. Moreover, what you used to see as hurdles will bother you less because you already know how to overcome them.
Upgrading Your Mould of Reality
On the surface, it might seem nonsensical or even selfish to think that personal development is a way to alter the current state of the world. After all, because you are just one person in a sea of millions of people. Thus, it can sound unrealistic to think that focusing on yourself can actually have any influence. However, doing so can positively affect those around you and even encourage them to follow suit, and pursue something that’s essential to develop leadership skills. You might not be able to bend reality to suit your needs, but you can always improve the way you are affected by your reality.
Oftentimes, your disillusionment with the world can stem from the fact that there is so much that is beyond your control. You might think that once you magically gain control over certain situations or people, you can start making things right. It is that feeling of futility that can make you feel weary of the world.
Now imagine channelling that feeling of frustration into something more productive instead of constantly being negative and pointing out what you think is wrong. You not only learn new skills and build upon your knowledge, but you also change your perspective on reality. Continuously working on yourself and how you pay attention to the world is incredibly powerful because you act from a place of care and joy instead of anger and fear.
Not Succumbing to Disempowerment
Now, do not mistake introspection and self-improvement as an endeavour that you need to work on all by yourself. You need others’ guidance and encouragement to help you in your own leadership development. Otherwise, you’ll end up being in a constant state of loneliness and pessimism.
Turning to others for support and advice can help you through the times when you feel helpless or stuck. Moreover, it helps you refocus on what’s important. Though your personal development is still your responsibility, other people can still contribute to it. This is how you can become your best self while positively affecting and influencing the lives of others. It is by allowing people to have a hand in your development that you can begin to modify the world around you, too. You keep yourself grounded while broadening your horizons because of input from other people, and you have just as much of an impact on them as they do for you.
Increasing Your Self-Awareness to Build Momentum
You must continue taking the right actions if you want to continue to improve yourself and have a better outlook of the world. Additionally, you need to constantly be in tune with your thoughts and attitude to strive towards doing and being better despite your own fears and doubts.
This deepening of consciousness allows you to perceive and enact change from a place of authenticity and purpose instead of delusion. The more mindful you are of letting your mindset and behaviour evolve, the more you start to see the world transform to fit the reality that you want.
Are you having difficulties on changing yourself? Do you need someone to help you on realising whether you need to change or not? Get in touch with leadership coach Justin Maree Cox today and have a chat with her about your organisation.