Are you really aware of what is happening
around you and within you?
“Every human has four endowments (gifts) – self-awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give the ultimate human freedom… the power to choose, to respond, to change.”
– Steven R. Covey
Effective Leaders have a natural connection and affinity to others that helped them better understand their own strengths and weaknesses, as well as those of the people they led. That special quality is Awareness.
What Types of AWARENESS Effect Leadership and Followership?
The types of awareness you’ll learn here include:
Self-awareness: Self-awareness looks at what’s going on inside you (your emotions, thoughts, feelings, intellect, instinct and intuition).
Situational awareness: Situational awareness involves everything going on around you (other people, situations, things, places and circumstances). This also includes an awareness of your subordinates, peers and your superiors, internal/external politics, social responsibility, community, and your external environment. Effective Leadership and Followership demand an understanding of context, accurate assessments of the situation, and the ability to make sense of complex problems and overwhelming amounts of information.
Murphy’s Law on Awareness:
God gave you toes as a device for finding furniture in the dark.
Spiritual awareness: The realization that there is a power greater than you that created you and everything around you. There’s also a higher purpose for your life – you just need to find it.
Effective Leaders have a natural connection and affinity to others that helped them better understand their own strengths and weaknesses, as well as those of the people they lead. That special quality is Awareness.
What can you REALLY CHANGE?
In this life,
You cannot change other people, places, things, situations or circumstances.
You may be able to influence other people, places, things and situations
or circumstances, but you can’t control them.
In this life,
The only things you can change are your thoughts, words,
and deeds; what you think, say, and do.
This may be a shocking epiphany for many of you because you’ve probably spent most of your life trying to control other people, places, things and situations. However, until you learn how to truly control that which you can control (your thoughts, words and deeds), you won’t be able to influence others.
This concept is so important to understand because effective Leadership and Followership are about influencing others to do things that they would not normally attempt on their own.
Additionally, most of your future struggles will involve trying to change things you can’t possibly change (like other people, places, things or situations). This struggle ultimately comes down to you trying to change things from the way they are – to the way you want them to be. You’ll waste countless hours of time and energy everyday trying to change (or control) things over which you cannot change (or control), until you first understand the real meaning and differences between change, control, responsibility, and influence.
This happens because you sometimes confuse the word control with the word responsibility. You think they’re the same and they’re not! Yes, you may be responsible for your family and your employees. However, you don’t control them. You can only influence them. And, you can only influence them after you’ve mastered yourself: your thoughts, words and deeds. Thanks to their free agency, they control themselves (they just don’t know it yet).
What do you REALLY CONTROL?
You CONTROL your…
Thoughts: Attitudes, values, confidence, knowledge, character, prejudices, purpose, passion, opinions, emotions, ideas, tolerations, mood, memory, expectations, values, faith, beliefs, concerns, likes, dislikes, choices, standards, ethics, focus, desires, aspirations, commitment, priorities, goals, perceptions, judgments, prejudices, stereotypes and your refusal to act (Sin of Omission).
Words: Questions, word choice, following-up, praise, recognition, relationships, counseling, coaching, feedback, asking, persuading, courtesy, respect, voice (tonality, pause, inflection, tone, intensity, volume, pronunciation and pacing) and what you fail to say (Sin of Omission).
Deeds: Actions, achievements, performance, behavior, skills, abilities, effort, change, experience, education, training, habits, your personal presence (handshake, movement, posture, eye contact, dress, hygiene, grooming, gestures, energy, enthusiasm, spirit, and space (desk, office, car and home)) and what you fail to do (Sin of Omission). And, that’s it!
The most important thing you CONTROL is how you TREAT OTHERS –
even when they treat you badly. Do you treat everyone with
dignity, respect and kindness?
YOUR GUIDE TO BETTER
Here’s what you’ll learn:
Chapter 2: Why Serenity?
Chapter 3: Emotional Road Blocks
Chapter 4: Your Comfort Zone
Chapter 5: Responding to Emotions
Chapter 6: Unlocking the Power of Your Mind
Chapter 7: Why Affirmations and Visualizations?
Chapter 8: Dealing With Your Tolerations
Chapter 9: Unlocking Your Spiritual Awareness
This is your chance to become a more effective Leader and Follower tomorrow than you are today by enhancing your awareness.
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