Leadership is always a personal choice to do what others are not willing to do. It is a choice to keep making that one choice through out your life time. In the previous discourse, we examined the choice of self leadership, a choice to lead your self that eventually becomes beneficial to humanity.
That leads us to the question of self-awareness. The decision to lead is borne out of self-awareness. Self-awareness is much more than observing one’s own actions or pondering one’s steps. All of that happens in the physical plane. We all do that but because of the low “voltage” of determination generated in such moments, there is always little or no change.
The self-awareness I’m talking about here is a spiritual quality. It is a state of elevation. When (your) spirit is truly developed, you have an inner strength, much like a control centre, that easily captures the entire spectrum of your lifestyle, and can identify areas of fault that needs your urgent attention, correction and intervention.
How is (your) spirit developed?
The human being is essentially spirit and it is not a product of random evolution or philosophical conjectures. Man was created by God in His very image and likeness. That is like saying, you are made according to the very blueprint of God’s own configuration. God is Spirit (John 4:24); and He has made you spirit (Genesis 2:7, 1:26, 1 Corinthians 2:11, Job 32:8). Now, just as a fish cannot survive outside its natural environment; man cannot also survive if he stays away from his natural habitat. Bear in mind that we are not even meant to survive only; we are meant to thrive.
God Himself is the natural environment/habitat for man to thrive in, and not only survive. It is from Him you came forth and you cannot begin to develop your spirit, if you are not in (alignment to) Him. Jesus said, “I and my father are one” (John 10:30). Everything His life was about gave humanity the blueprint for authentic spiritual development. And we can simply follow His example to find true spiritual symmetry. In that state, your capacity for self-awareness is perfected.
You can get appropriate assessment of your lifestyle in your spirit. “The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly.” (Proverbs 20:27). With your spirit, you can do a search of your entire being. But it is only as you are “…of the Lord”. This is simply showing a powerful “marriage” or fusing together of your spirit and the Spirit. Usually man is still able to exercise self-awareness outside of this relationship, only that, it is limited. The best contribution you can make in life depends on the full development and unleashing of your spiritman within you.
Work is spiritual
This is why work is a spiritual thing. That’s right! I mean your work, vocation, job etc. Work is the means by which you spread the contents of your spirit to the rest of humanity, specifically to those whom you serve with your occupation. God said, “…Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion…” (Genesis 1:28). Work is the means by which you spread your influence (which is actually God’s work in you as expressed in the remarkable excellence that accompanies your craft) and gain dominion (which is the opportunity to influence others in the direction of your growth).
The 4 senses
It is inborn and normal for all of us to want to belong, to achieve, to contribute and to make sense. This is the hidden drivers of our desires (which becomes goals) and actions (which are the forerunners of fulfillment).
We will go fully into the 4 senses in the next post. Remember, they are:
1. Sense of acceptance/belonging
2. Sense of achievement
3. Sense of contribution
4. Sense of meaning
…would you let me know what you think about this? I look forward to hear it. Thank you so much for taking the time to read. Regards!
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