Be the Leader of Your Life
"Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." Ralph Waldo Emerson. As a courageous pursuer of your dreams, you have created a path for yourself. That means you are leading the way to a better life. Lead is the next step that I want to talk about. You are probably wondering how someone who has just started to take steps toward their dreams can now be expected to lead. That is what taking steps and creating a future for yourself is. Leading. Perhaps right now you are only actively leading yourself. It depends on who is in your life and impacted by the launch of your dream. The more you see yourself as an active owner, leader of your life, the faster you will get to where you want to go.
I also want to emphasize that the act of taking charge of your life serves to inspire others. Your very choice to launch your dream is leading by example. It isn't waiting for someone to tell you what to do with your life. It is you telling you. That is leading. Previously I spoke about learning by doing. The best way to learn is to take your place in the driver seat and assert yourself as a leader. The more you show others, the better you learn. Teaching others is a great way to learn. When you are teaching others, you are serving as a leader. This shift in mindset will have huge impact on your confidence and ability to propel yourself forward to live the life of your dreams.
You are in fact your own CEO, the leader of your life. You set your vision, goals and strategy to move forward. That is your role in your life. People who choose to do this take ownership of their successes and failures. When you realize that you are the one who is in charge of your life, you typically take the decisions seriously. You are the architect. Design what you want it to look like. It is your action and inaction that creates the life you are living. Of course, there are things that happen out of our control. Those are perfect opportunities to flex those leadership muscles, adapt and continue moving forward. It may be tempting to give up at times. When that happens, go back to your vision and focus on why you chose it in the first place. If it isn't clear, work on it until it is crystal clear. Set your goals and create a plan with actions each day to move forward.
A leader has courage to make decisions to blaze a trail where one does not already exist. A leader takes ownership of their decisions and responsibility when things go wrong. A leader is equipped to readily adjust their sails when the wind changes. A leader persists and does not give up. That is what I want to emphasize with this. You are the CEO of your life. Make your actions and decisions match your title.
If you are struggling with the notion of being a leader, I want to remind you of a quote by John Quincy Adams. "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." Pursuing your dreams takes courage. Your actions are sure to inspire someone sooner or later whether you realize it or not. Imagine what that would feel like. Then be the leader whose actions inspire you.