Personal power is never fully developed. Like your body, it needs exercise. Not a couple of times a week, but conscious training several times daily. To develop habits that ingrain beliefs, values, and help you become one with yourself. When you know yourself, value yourself, and stay true to yourself, you will find meaningful purpose in all areas of life. At the core of the true you, is the ability to bring the best out in those around you.
That is the makings of a true leadership maven. Leading from a place of wisdom, and not using potential power alone.
You can have positional power, and personal power. But you cannot be an effective leader without personal power. Nor do you need the positional power to be a driving force for good in your own life and those around you.
Commit to consistent learning and be broad about the topics you study. Study life and attend seminars & workshops to build your expertise. Most importantly, learn more about yourself constantly. Try new things. Experiment. Take some risks and put yourself into situations that make you feel vulnerable. Take yourself out on that dinner and a movie date after work, instead of feeling the need to get drinks at the bar with your colleagues. Do what feels right to you, not what you think will make you fit in.
Practicing gratitude is amongst the most positive habits you can develop. Keeping a gratitude journal can serve you in multiple ways. You will feel better, sleep better, eat healthier, have stronger relationships, and you will feel happier for being grateful for everything you have in your life.
Authenticity is about being true to yourself. It is only possible when you have a deep understanding of your strengths and weaknesses. You will begin to act with deliberate intentions that are in line with your moral compass. You will know your place, when to delegate, and how to go about using your relationship skills to get people to help you, that you know they will do a better job than you could if you were to try.
That is where coming from a place of personal power to influence others will help push you towards reaching your goals faster. This is because you will have a strong relationship with people who value your input, expertise, trust your credibility, and will help you when you ask, without hesitation. With all of this help, you will be able to achieve your goals faster!
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