How Courageous leaders Thrive in Uncertain Times
We are being propelled into a massive change unlike that of any other time in history. The majority of businesses throughout the world have been disrupted, millions of people are staying home, and many can’t work at all. The way in which we socialize and shop has dramatically changed as well. In a nutshell, what we hold as most important is challenged, and for many, this creates great inner conflict.
Courageous leaders have the ability to balance their emotional and analytical minds and use their intelligent mind, enabling them to quickly adapt and even thrive in uncertain times.
Emotionally intelligent people re-evaluate what is most important to them and create values that guide their thoughts and beliefs. If you don’t know what you value in life, how do you know what beliefs to hold? Great turmoil happens when values aren’t continually redefined, and therefore we work against them.
Optimizing Your Values Will Allow You to Live Authentically
What we value emotionally, in life guides our path. We can work against our values because we are unaware of what they are from a conscious point of view. We adopt values when we are young based on key influencers. They grow within us and become a subconscious guiding light throughout our lives. When life gives us choices, we don't always choose with our emotional intelligence.
When we make conscious choices that are misaligned with our unconscious, we become conflicted. This leads to unproductive and disempowering emotional states and behaviors. In many cases, we have no idea where these emotional states and behaviors come from that lead to further life dissatisfaction.
Maturity and Life Events
As we mature, our values change. I have learned in my own life and coaching executives that maturity has nothing to do with how old we are. Mature people are honest with themselves and know what is important to them. They prioritize what is important and create values that become a compass that guides them. When major life events occur like what we are currently experiencing, they have the ability to live authentically and be responsible in all of their behaviors.
If you have been feeling misdirected or unsettled, there is a good chance that your current beliefs and values are misaligned. It is a good practice to re-evaluate our values every three to four months. It can be eye-opening to see the changes in our values. This conscious realization can also guide us in creating a new belief system that fits with our newly redefined values.
Positive and Negative Values
Most of us consider values as something positive that we want to have. We also have negative values on what we don’t want. Many people focus on what they don’t want, and their energy flows towards it.
We create self-talk on both the positive and negative values that form rules in how we experience them. I have found that positive value rules are much stricter than the rules for negative values. Many people that have easy rules for experiencing negative values are more prone to anxiety, fear and depression.
Break Your Own Rules
We establish rules that guide how we feel. Example: some may have a rule that says that they won’t be happy unless someone tells them that they look happy a certain number of times. Others may have a rule that says that they will remain uncertain unless they have a surplus of money to purchase a truckload of toilet paper and canned goods.
Rules to be happy are often established that make it very difficult to be happy. Rules that we form to feel secure and certain also can be made to difficult to achieve.
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Belief - Values & Rules. Many people hold the values and beliefs of someone else sacred. Reevaluate your values and make sure that they are still what is most important to you. You might be surprised that your beliefs might be modified. You will then have the opportunity to create NEW rules that will enable you to appropriately experience both positive and negative values.
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Change your state of mind and change your life. It is a good practice to re-evaluate your values every three to four months. It can be eye-opening to see the changes in values. The conscious realization can also guide you in creating a new belief system that fits with your newly defined values.
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