If you want to feel more competent, capable and sure of yourself in your leadership, you need to increase your self-confidence. To be able to bounce back time and time again, when the $#!t hits the fan, you need a system that will help you regain your confidence when you falter.
The system that powerful leaders everywhere rely on is a system that is inside of them. I call this, your Inner Guidance System. Leaders who can navigate the busy, stressful and difficult times AND come out on top, rely on something inside of them. This inner wisdom provides strength, insight, and stamina not just to survive but to thrive.
Your Internal Compass
Let me introduce you to your Inner Guidance System. Accessing this system will help you master your confidence. You’ll discover more about this in my upcoming book: Mastering Confidence: Discover Your Leadership Potential by Awakening Your Inner Guidance System. For now, though, let me give you an overview.
Your Inner Guidance System is your internal navigational structure. Think of your Inner Guidance System as your personal GPS system or as a compass. Your Inner Guidance System points you in the right direction.
Know Your Leadership Destination
But, where are you going? Yes, that is a crucial part of the equation. Leadership is about taking people some place. It is about moving your organization from here to there. That is your vision or destination. The destination could be something like:
For you as a leader to take your team there, you need to be able to respond in a certain way, make some tough decisions and fan the flame on that dream of what is possible. With everything going on some days, that can be hard! It’s easy to get bogged down in the day-to-day work. One can get frustrated, overwhelmed and discouraged by the things you have to deal with.
Where many leaders find themselves in the face of all this, is:
Even the best leader, can find their confidence wavering. To combat this, one needs to have a system in place, to bounce back. A strong leader needs a system to help them regain footing, find stability and once again move forward confidently. That system is your Inner Guidance System.
Confidence comes from within
Many leaders are looking for more confidence in their leadership. Confidence comes from what you think you’re capable of. Therefore it is by activating this wise inner self that you can begin to feel more confident. By tuning into your Inner Guidance System, you find your thinking changes and thus your confidence levels increase.
Get acquainted with your inner wisdom
Your Inner Guidance System is made up of your:
When you tune into your Inner Guidance System, it helps you identify the direction you need to go as well as the action steps you need to do to get moving in that direction
Follow the steps of your INNER GUIDANCE CYCLE
To make use of your Inner Guidance System, you need to follow the steps of the Inner Guidance CYCLE. These four steps when repeated again and again help you to make use of your internal wisdom.
The steps of the INNER GUIDANCE CYCLE
The Inner Guidance CYCLE involves four steps that I want you to master through lots of practice so that you strengthen your confidence:
When you do the steps repeatedly, they provided insights that you need to move in the direction you want to go. In the upcoming blogs and videos, I will go more in-depth into each of these steps.
Notice your THOUGHTS
To begin to get acquainted with your wise inner self, start paying attention to what is going on inside of you .
Consider what thoughts you have about situations.
Notice your FEELINGS
Identify your feelings about people, challenges or outcomes you experience.
Notice body SENSATIONS
Begin to pay attention to the sensations in your body. For example, notice when:
Tune into your INNER GUIDANCE SYSTEM
All of these, thoughts, feelings and sensations are signs your Inner Guidance System at work.
Stay tuned for the next blog, where I will walk you through the first step of the Inner Guidance CYCLE, which is the pause step. You will learn not only the value of pausing but how to do it more often.
Kathy is a leadership coach for women who want to strengthen their leadership and find balance in life. She mentors women as they rediscover their purpose, passion and persistence for life while dealing with office politics, jerk bosses and the challenges of family life. In her signature program Women with Grit: Leading with Courage & Confidence, Kathy gives her ladies the hope and inspiration they need along with a kick in the pants to make positive change in their lives.
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