To help you see my vision, I want to share with you what I believe to be five fundamental areas that characterize a Bold. Conscious. Leader.
Through my experiences, I have learned, and continue to learn, the innate interconnection between our personal and professional lives. Our society often times wants to separate the two, but it is impossible. As ‘persons’, we operate from our personal experiences regardless of the environment we are in. Which is why I believe that identifying and valuing our authentic self and learning to do the same of others, is key to leading a healthy, balanced life in all types of environments.
In addition to valuing the person, it is also important to value principles. Principles provide structure, order, and a foundation. A person or business that lacks principles has built a foundation upon the sand; inevitably sinking and becoming swallowed by what was lawlessly created. Contrarily, creating a stable foundation upon sound principles provides you with something sturdy that you can build upon.
A third element that is the most transparent and the easiest to detect is one’s practice. In this case, as a counselor, I am not referring to ‘practice’ in terms of trade. Instead, my intention is to make this a focus on the things we say and do, or not do. The way we interact with one another at home, in the workplace, in the community, etc. You know the saying, ‘actions speak louder than words.’ It’s cliché, but its true. The way we practice is an undisguised demonstration of our principles or lack thereof.
Another fundamental component of living a bold conscious life is our pledge. Having an intentional awareness of what or who we pledge to gives us purpose. In other words, our pledge or commitment drives us to act out of our true character. It reveals whether we are able to push through hardships, refusing to give up, or if we choose to surrender to the forces against us. Upholding a pledge is not easy. Especially, not on your own. This is why the last piece is so vital.
As social beings, we are not able to survive, let alone thrive without connecting, communicating, or communing with each other. And quite frankly, why would we want to try? Think about all of the things you have learned and experienced from your interactions with people. All kinds of people, from relatives to total strangers, of all ages and backgrounds, each having a unique personality and experience that has given you an opportunity to learn and grow in ways you never expected. Here’s my second cliché for the day…’sharing is caring.’