We are at a crossroads today, a time of grave crisis.
With war, terrorism and violence escalating in the world, we are growing rapidly towards mass extinction - civilisation as we know could it come to an end in less than 100 years - unless we choose otherwise.
Today we have two choices:
We can remain passive, disconnected bystanders OR We can walk the path of leadership.
Become The Leader of Your Life
My vote is for the latter and I urge you to join me in spreading this message. If we want to move the needle in the other direction, it is up to step up as leaders and to move it. I urge you to step up and become a leader within your family and community, a leader within your business. In short, a leader of your life. That’s how change begins. It starts with us transforming our minds and hearts, and raising our consciousness. It starts with us transforming our environments.
Together, we must take action to transform our current situation for the advancement and elevation of humanity. Let’s not wait for Buddha or the Mother Theresas, the Martin Luther Kings or the Gandhis of the world. Let’s us create it. Let’s do it for our kids and for our grandkids -and let’s start now.
Why You and Me?
We are also the only species that has the capacity to question and reflect and the only species that has the capacity for insight, self awareness, creativity and compassion. We are the only species that has the capacity to build businesses and empires that with one revolutionary product, one inspirational phrase or speech, one big idea, can transform the whole of humanity. As such, we are the only species that has the capacity to reverse the trend that we have been on.
We are the custodians of our family, our community, our town and our country… ultimately, we are custodians of the earth. We have an obligation to step up.
Become A Force of Change in the World
From the age of 4 I was fortunate to be mentored by my grandfather, a quite humble man yet in his own way a spiritual and political force in India during it’s fight for independence. He was a direct disciple of Mahatma Gandhi and so from an early age I had ingrained in me the value and necessity of speaking and living my Truth.
Telling the truth is not just about not telling a lie. It’s about a willingness to go to the heart of what is true in any situation, a willingness to let go of what you think something is or should be in order to see it as it really is.
My grandfather had an uncanny knack of connecting with every person with whom he met- whether it was the Secretary of State, or a taxi driver, or a 6 year old year illiterate girl in a rural village in India. After he passed away in 2005 we got letters from people around the world and from all walks of life -people that had met him 10, 20, 40 years prior and longer- some that had known him or met him for even the briefest of interactions.
People remembered him and I believe the reason that he made such an impact wherever he went, was because -even in the midst of conflict and challenges- in every interaction, each person with whom he came into contact with walked away feeling honoured. He had the ability to put himself in their shoes, see the world through their eyes, and hear them without judgement.
Grandfather taught me not to censor what I say out of fear of rejection or judgment.
“Speak the truth,” he would say, “but speak with sensitivity and compassion.”
Growing up, I got asked 2 tough questions:
1 Where am I not facing the truth about what I want to create in my world, about what is occurring in my life and in my environment?
2 Where am i not communicating that to others so that they are clear about what my needs are and what I stand for?
These 2 questions changed my life. They invited me to evaluate how I was showing up in the world.
Gandhi said: “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change.” Thus, when the tendencies in the world are not changing- Gandhi is telling us- something in us needs to change. Yet, he by no means intended that it is about us staying in our being-ness, our spiritual comfort zone and ignoring the challenges we are facing in the world. He was very clear that we need to go where the work needs to be done.
There needs to be an alignment with the outer world reflecting our inner world. It starts with us facing the Truth and it continues with open dialogue and compassionate communication.
What steps will you take today to face, live and communicate your Truth?
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Leena Patel is the founder and lead trainer of Elite Performance Coaching
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