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Wise Words June 3, 2008

What I Wish I Knew Then

By: Randy Siegelhttp://www.buildyourleaders.com

Know what you stand for.  Get a vision, mission, purpose, and philosophy.


Find your passion, and you will find your power.  Power does not come from outside sources, it comes from within.  


Seek or create an environment in which your personhood can thrive.  Find work that reflects who you are and what you stand for.  Find work that meets most of your needs, and then get the other things you need from community work or play.


Identify role models, but develop your own style.


Examine your intentions before embarking on any major task.  Always seek the higher ground.  Noble intentions result in noble actions.


Be aware that sometimes more is accomplished through surrender, trust, and patience than by sheer force of will.


Know yourself.  Know your strengths and weaknesses, and know which weaknesses you are willing to change (and be patient with that change).


Shine light on your shadows.  When you react strongly to something or someone chances are you have encountered your shadow.  Ask yourself what underdeveloped part of yourself the situation or person represents, and then own it.  Remember, we are all made of shadows and of light.


Don’t be hard on yourself.  We learn far more from our mistakes than from our successes.  Don’t take yourself too seriously.  Laugh at yourself.  Admit your mistakes.  Who wants to be on a pedestal?  It’s just that much farther to fall.


Brand yourself.  Be known for something that makes you unique.


Take time to listen to your soul’s whisperings.  Go on retreat, by yourself and for yourself.  Your best ideas will come to you then.


Know your needs and freely express them.  An unmet need often results in anger or resentment.


Listen to your body.  It is quite often the best barometer for how you are really doing.


Find support.  Find a coach, therapist, mentor, physical trainer, spiritual guide, or all the above.  Being at the top can be a lonely place.  Find some company.

Negotiate with the other party’s needs in mind.  Don’t negotiate to win.  Negotiate to win-win.

Don’t take what others say about you personally.  Most of the time, it has nothing to do with you anyway.


Remember the two rules of stress management:  1. Don’t sweat the small stuff.  2. It’s all small stuff.


Understand how your parents influenced your life and seek to understand how others are influenced by theirs.  Many of our beliefs and actions are determined by parental influence.  (This is also true for those who we manage.)


Let people see you for who you are.  The more aware you are of who you are and the more willing you are to share that knowledge, the more successful you will be not only as a businessperson but as a human being.


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