We are all leaders. This is a message I have probably been hearing my entire life, but haven’t taken to heart until recently.
In a recent Facebook live stream, Deepak Chopra provided us with this call to action:
“We can be leaders in our own lives. In our families, in our communities, in our country, in our world.”
I am SO glad we still have Deepak Chopra with us as a spiritual leader. We need his intelligence and wisdom now more than ever.
Dr. Chopra calls us to do what I’m sure many of us have already been feeling over the past few days: to be leaders in our own lives.
Be a Leader in Your Own Life
How do we lead in our own lives? Being a leader starts within, and shines outward through our actions.
I have always felt called to be a writer, but found the fear of being criticized for my views and opinions crippling. Although it was never an excuse to hold back, I allowed fear to control me. I now see just how much the world truly needs each of us to lead. And how dangerous it can be to not challenge things that don’t feel right.
We all have things to share and things to learn from each other. Right now I am really struggling with the current “us vs. them” mentality that weighs heavily in the air. I want to be a part of the solution to that, not a part of the problem.
I am spending a lot of time thinking about how I can be different to enact change. I don’t want to simply get along with one side. I want to find a way to challenge the minds of individuals on both sides, including my own, to look at things from different perspectives and to try to come up with new solutions that aren’t another variation of “We’re right. You’re wrong.”
Be a Leader in Your Family
This one has always been particularly difficult for me. Not wanting to engage in confrontation, I rarely intervene when I hear something I don’t like from a family member (or a friend). I always thought it wasn’t worth it. I now see how wrong I was.
I can agree to disagree, but I have vowed to no longer allow things to go unnoticed. I am sticking with that, because it feels right. I know it is right.
And I want to be called out when I say things that aren’t solution-oriented. I want to be a more productive person and I am constantly wanting to focus on what I do want rather than what I don’t want. I don’t always succeed, and having a family member or friend keep me in check is a great way to get back on track.
Be a Leader in Your Community
I work from home, and honestly I am not involved in the community at all. I like being at home. But I have known for a long time that I need to get out and be more interactive with the three dimensional people.
We own a business and I am so excited about all the good we will be able to do in the communities the business serves. It is an excellent platform for being a positive influence on a community.
Maybe you are a business owner, in school, belong to a church, work at an office, or volunteer. In whatever capacity we interact with others, we can lead. First and foremost by leading ourselves and living by example. And then by encouraging others in directions that make the world a better place.
A note about Facebook
I read this article recently about mixing Facebook and politics. It was very interesting and talked about the nasty political comments that have been spewed at us when we are used to hopping on Facebook for an update of who’s having a baby, who got engaged, who’s kid is awesome, and who made a photogenic meal.
While I normally wouldn’t post controversial content on my personal Facebook page or on things that others post, I have found myself speaking up over the past few days when I found a comment or a post to be a downright prejudice against a whole group. This is the kind of thing I no longer have tolerance for.
I’m not sure if this is a productive action, because I wonder if it only strengthens the “us vs. them” mentality. I don’t think I am going to change anyone’s mind on Facebook. But for now, I feel that this is still part of my responsibility to be a leader. I don’t post troll-like content or comments, but I do feel a need to respond when something doesn’t feel right. When it feels like it is a product of an obviously collective issue that we face, I can no longer sit back and let it go.
Be a Leader in Your Country and World
By leading ourselves, our families, and our communities, we are one step closer to creating a better country and world. I have also vowed to make myself more knowledgeable on the issues that we face and that our elected leaders will ultimately decide on how to handle.
I will vote in every election, and I will educate myself on the issues that we are voting for. When issues come up in conversation, I pray that I will be prepared enough to be able to speak intelligently, and to understand if what is being discussed is factual. I will have a voice.