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Cultivating Leadership From The Inside Out


There are several leadership types and styles, but parts of the internal journey can often be omitted unconsciously or unintentionally due to a lack of awareness. As a creative and out-of-the-box thinker, consider taking a sensory journey of personal leadership toward self-awareness and the power to forge ahead, even in the face of the unknown. Life can be chaotic and challenging, and we often yearn for a fresh start but often don't know how. Start by planting the seeds for that new beginning, applying the three themes below.

Nurturing the Soil of Self-Care

Imagine your life as a garden, and self-care is the rich, nurturing soil where everything begins. Just as a plant needs the right environment to grow, you must create the conditions for personal growth. Understanding yourself and the tools and skills that make a good leader should start from the inside out vs. the outside in is important. So, start with self-care. Self-care isn't just about bubble baths and spa days (although those are great, too!). It's about setting boundaries, prioritizing your mental and physical health, and finding moments of stillness amid the chaos.

Take a deep breath and savor the air around you. Feel its coolness on your skin, and let it cleanse your mind. This sensory experience is your reminder to slow down and care for yourself. When you invest in self-care, you're watering the seeds of your potential.

Cultivating Self-Awareness Through Sensory Experiences

To continue planting tomorrow's seeds of your future, get in tune with yourself. Our senses are powerful tools for self-discovery. Close your eyes for a moment and listen to the world around you. The hum of life, the rustling leaves, the colors surrounding you, and the distant laughter are the whispers of your inner self. Pay attention to the tastes and textures of the food you eat. How does it make you feel physically and emotionally? Savor the aroma of your morning coffee or tea, letting it ground you in the present moment. Engaging your senses helps you become more self-aware, allowing you to understand your desires, fears, and passions.

Refocusing on Inner Power: The Forge Within

In the midst of uncertainty and anxiety, it's easy to lose sight of your inner power. But remember, you are a creative force capable of shaping your destiny. Like a ceramic artist in the studio or a blacksmith at the forge, you can mold your life into a work of art. As you engage in sensory experiences, notice the texture of life changes and the heat of determination within you. Harness it to refocus your energy and vision. Use this inner fire to melt away self-doubt and shape your dreams into reality. This is your superpower, your ability to adapt, learn, and grow. Embrace it, and you'll find the strength to move forward.

Creating Opportunities for a Fresh Start

Now, you're ready to plant the seeds for tomorrow. Visualize your goals and aspirations as seeds you're sowing into the fertile soil of your life. Each action you take, each choice you make, is like watering and tending to these seeds. Don't be discouraged by the unknown ahead; see it as a blank canvas awaiting your creative touch. Opportunities are born from uncertainty, and your unique perspective will turn challenges into fresh starts. Trust yourself, your capabilities, and your inner wisdom to guide you.

As creative leaders and thought leaders, we thrive on forging new paths, redefining norms, and breathing life into our unique visions. Embrace the sensory experiences around you, practice self-care, become self-aware, and harness your inner power. With these tools, you can plant the seeds of personal leadership, ensuring a bright and promising tomorrow, no matter how uncertain the world may seem.

Plant those seeds and watch them bloom into a future filled with endless possibilities. Your journey toward leadership starts from the inside out with personal leadership and this sensory experience, this moment of self-care, and this unwavering belief in your own creative power. The world is waiting for your unique brilliance to shine.

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Written By De Vida Gill

Dr. De Vida Gill is an Educator, Author, Certified Transformational Life Coach, and Creative Strategist. She is passionate about integrating Arts & Entertainment, Mental Health, and Education. For 25+ years, she has created programs and services to empower creatives and out-of-the-box thinkers to unmask their potential and embrace their authenticity. 

Contact Mahogany Vida for more information.

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