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Power Is to Potential What Poison Is to Life

I love the sound of a powerful engine on anything: drag racer, jet plane, rocket, power boat, train engine…anything. Know what I mean?

There’s something about the guttural rumble of the engine that reverberates substance, strength and performance.

Well, just as an engine can generate high power so can you. On the other hand, the true potential of that power is directly impacted by how you apply it!

Back to the engine for a minute to paint a picture of my point. If the power of a drag racer, for example, is applied anywhere but on a race track, it’s true potential can never be realized.

Can you imagine going full throttle down the main street of your town in a big time, fully loaded drag racer?

A disaster in the making for sure or sheer disappointment, if you see it relatively quietly and slowly meander down the avenue. The potential is there but the power can’t be applied or appreciated.

Compare that example to your personal ability to power up, so to speak. Take the concept of power and its application in all your relationships including that with yourself.

If you control others through a position of power, your potential for getting the best out of them is very limited. People don’t want to be controlled. They want to be led.

Leading isn’t about controlling. It’s about inspiring. Position power dilutes inspiration every time!

On the other hand, when you control yourself you increase your power exponentially. Leaders seen as in personal control are so inspiring as to be in total control of those they lead.

To power up you can’t push! To power up exercise personal control and pull!

What follows are 4 principles for doing that…

Principle #1—Communicate, Communicate, Communicate

Neither yourself or other people can be led anywhere if there is not a clear understanding of why “going anywhere” is of personal benefit.

Open, honest, safe exchange of points of view on what “anywhere” means and why it is important is inspiring to all concerned.

One historical proof of that point would be:

We shall go to the moon and return within the decade.—John F. Kennedy

What happened as a result of that inspiring vision statement and the ensuing open communications (including some ugly failures)?

Eight years later man did land on the moon and subsequently return safely to earth.  A willingness to keep the lines of communication open, honest and safe was fundamental to that success.

Think about the importance of effective, consistent communication in the same vein as Max Depree did.  He said:

The real challenge is to make good communication a handy and well-used tool. Then you are likely to pick it up and use it without thinking.

Principle #2—The Picture of Your Example is Worth a Thousand Words

You can’t fake your way into being an effective and inspiring leader of yourself or anyone else!

The fact is you are exactly what you demonstrate both in your thoughts and actions.

Showing an authentic willingness to actually do what is demanded projects a high-definition picture to others.

Consider the following powerful thought to support the importance of this principle.

Nothing is so contagious as an example.  We never do great good or great evil without bringing about more of the same on the part of others.  – Francois De La Rochefoucauld

Principle #3—Deep Emotional Commitment to Purpose and People

It has been said: “People don’t care until they know that you care.”

AND—what is true about their person is also true about their level of commitment to your purpose.

When you (in leading your life) and other people (when leading them) know that your commitment to them and to the purpose is felt “heart-deep,” all things are truly possible.

Your deep, emotional commitment is well described as follows:

Throw your heart over the fence and the rest will follow.  –Norman Vincent Peale

Principle #4—Build Your Best Practices on the Shoulders of Others

Leading your life and/or leading other people is best accomplished through a team effort.

My thought on this is, why create best practices from scratch when you can create from the experiences of those who have gone before you.

The world around you is the best source of best practices for building the world you want…besides using that resource saves time and unnecessary effort!

If you follow the above 4 principles, your full potential and that of those you lead will be realized.

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Mindstate mentor, author, trainer and speaker, Gary Greenfield (@LifeRider) helps organizations with inspirational insight and concise business ideas to help improve mindstate and minimize stress. He believes a mindstate that is positive and stress that is minimized helps people better profit through performance.

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