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The Making of a Transformational Leader

John Quincy Adams once wrote, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”   Leaders grow people and the best way to become a transformational leader is to first grow yourself.  Put your own life in order if you will inspire others.

You don’t need to change your life overnight to do this. Begin where you are by becoming clear about what you really want, and then once you know what you really want, focus on that several times daily.  Try not to focus on what you don’t want because that is exactly what you will gravitate towards.  Don’t be too hard on yourself in case it happens. Instead, simply replace it the image of what you don’t want with what you do want. Positive imaging is so powerful that it cancels any negative thoughts you have.

As you begin to visualize what you want and how you would like to spend your life, you will begin to feel gentle nudges or insights to take a certain action or actions. Maybe a friend will show up with exactly the book you need to read.  As these seemingly coincidental occurrences begin to happen, know that what you are asking for is getting created.  It is important that you act upon the insights or directions as you see them, feel them, or hear them, guiding you to take a certain action.  If nothing is happening right away, keep visualizing what you do want and remind yourself of this daily. One powerful way to do this is to cut pictures out and paste them on a poster board creating a treasure map of what you want. You can even cut out pictures of yourself and your family and craft the map of the new life you want to create.

As you begin to visualize what you want, don’t be surprised if it seems like life is giving you the opposite of what you have asked for. If this is happening, it may mean that part of you is still attached to the old way of living and will need to change somehow on the mental, physical, emotional and/or spiritual levels.  You can make this growing phase less of a struggle and get through it faster by going somewhere quiet and getting still, and then evaluating the attitude and direction you need to take to realize what you want to create.  As you do this, you will gradually become aware of the action you need to take.

A person who has made the decision to transform himself can, in turn, effectively transform others.  As you grow more, and follow your heart, and begin to do what is joyful to you, the right people will notice and be drawn to you. They will want to know how you are doing what you are doing.  If you can reflect on this, you would understand how you have already become a transformational leader in the areas where your life is growing and working.  You can decide to continue growing by clarifying in your mind what is joyful to you. Transformational leaders truly inspire others because they dream more, learn more, do more, and in the process become more.  –  Mark Shryock | Leadership Coach, TalkShop

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Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO and Director of Communication finished her bachelor degree in Literature, masters in Entrepreneurship, and doctorate in Applied Cosmic Anthropology. She designed the Philippines' Language Competency Benchmark for the Department of Education and pioneered Integrated Language Teaching (ILT) in workshop designs and corporate communication training. You can follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, LinkedIN, and Google+

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