Is it, Eye, or ‘I’? – that is the question. It is interesting that they are pronounced the same. The physical eye allows you to see the physical world. The ‘I’, of ‘who you think you are’ determines the clarity of your perception – how you see the world and your life experience. Authentic leadership engages the head and the heart. The heart is the feeling nature and can either follow the lead of your ego (‘I’ in Latin by the way) or your True, Authentic Self. The real ‘I’.
Our right brain is another metaphor of the heart. Our left-brain represents our logic, or ‘head’. Truth or deception can be felt with the heart – if you are listening, that is, if you are in touch with your feeling nature. Feelings powerfully contribute to our state of ‘Being’. They deeply color our experience – even when you try to deny them.
It will behoove your leadership, your creativity, and your performance in general to make friends with your feelings instead of seeing them antagonistically. Why? They powerfully define your perception, that is, ‘how’ you see life. Your thinking triggers your feelings and your feelings strongly impact your actions.
You can think ‘success’ but if you don’t feel ‘success’, you will have a tough time obtaining and maintaining it.
It is time to realize we are a whole being and not just our thinking and a body…remember our ‘being’ is defined by how we think and especially feel, whether we ignore this or not. If you are only in your head ‘thinking’ it is a good chance you are only ‘doing’, only going through the motions. You are not likely to feel passionate about your work or life or relationships.
You may be busy as a bee, going nowhere really fast. When you slow down and actually feel you can acquaint yourself with your Self. You can start to see life from your heart and eliminate more effectively those feelings which no longer serve you and cultivate those that make you radiate – joyful and full of life – truly productive. You can more effectively apply your emotional intelligence skills and tools. Then you can serve from Truth instead of from deception.
Self-deception will wreck your leadership…and your life. You can run from your feelings but you can’t hide. Paradoxically, you can self-management your feelings and feel good most of the time when you pay attention to them and come from self-awareness instead of denial.
It is more courageous to strike at the root of our challenges instead of fearfully hanging out only at the surface.