“Base”- the bottom of something considered as its support or the fundamental part of something.
The base of your self-leadership mountain is what will help align everything else. It is the support for your entire journey through this process. This is what you will build on! This is what you will turn to when things get rough. So, let’s figure out how to establish a bad-ass base.
Your base is where your personal culture is established. So how do you do that? Or first, what is personal culture? Personal culture are the values and principles plus your purpose that you base your life around. Think about your place of employment, what is your company culture? Same concept, it’s what really makes you who you are.
These are the 4 principles that I choose to build the values and principles part of my own personal culture on (I call it my base pack because it keeps me prepared):
B. Believe in what you do- Have backbone. Have integrity. Be willing to stand up for what you know. Confidence is contagious. Caution: This does not mean you are always right, refer to your “A” as a reminder on how to deal with that.
A. Ample humility- In the words of Kendrick, be humble. Have ownership of a humble mindset. Don’t be afraid to admit fault. Don’t be afraid to acknowledge someone else.
S. Strive to serve- I can’t mention this enough, having a servants mentality as you start a journey into self-leadership and then eventually leadership will always help you, always. Be willing to give. Be willing to care about those who surround you. Be willing to go out of your way to put others first.
E. Embrace the suck- This is my favorite one. Life is hard. Leading, hard. Leading yourself, really hard (we’re stubborn by nature, it’s okay to admit it). And it’s okay to struggle. You’re going to fail at points, let me reiterate, you’re going to fail at points and that is perfectly fine. Your reaction to that failure is what determines if there is really a problem. Learn from your mistakes.
Now, are there other pieces to this? Of course! I choose to start with these 4, because if you are steadfast in who you are, humble, willing to serve, and understand that things are going to go wrong but your reaction determines the outcome, you’ll be in great place to start achieving your goals.
The other half of your base is your purpose. This is the part that helps clear the picture for your goals that exist in your peak. The foundation for your goals. In your mind, you may say, “Wouldn’t my purpose be the same thing as my goal?” I challenge you to separate your “Why” and your goals. Goals are achievable events to strive for. Your purpose gives you the motivation to truly want to reach those goals. Your purpose can be as simple or complex as you need it to be. I personally use my desire to help people to push myself past my fear of failure and other roadblocks that life throw at me.
Now I understand if you struggle to immediately coming up with your purpose, that’s okay! It’s about starting that thought process. You’ll get there!
So, how does this really help you in your self-leadership journey? Consciously creating a value based mindset and a reminder of what your purpose is, is important to changing how you view the problems life will throw at you. There is no secret trail map to the top in this journey but having the proper tools in your pack can make it a whole lot easier.
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