There are no shortcuts when it comes to manifesting career success, so it’s important to know where you want to go and develop a crystal clear vision of your intention (and I don’t mean to write your goals). To me, intentions are more important than five year goal projections. One way to accomplish this is to develop your SQ (Spiritual Intelligence). For decades, IQ had always been the strong predictor of success in careers. Then, Dr. Daniel Goleman’s work on Emotional Intelligence (EQ) surfaced about 18 years ago. The next level of indicator hovers around the work of quantum physicists such as Dr. Danah Zohar’s work. Dana lists 9 SQ characteristics in her book, SQ. One of the nine elements is called “Field Independence,” and it applies to courage. “Field Independence is a term from psychology that means the courage not to adapt, to be independent.”
How do you develop your SQ to reveal your courageous leadership? The answer: Learn to stay present! Then you can adeptly shift gears if the intention you set forth needs modification. Self-defeat is the obstacle to manifesting your courage. Imagine this: you are on a cruise ship from New York to the Caribbean and the compass on the ship is off one degree! It doesn’t take long before you to end up in Africa! Is your vision off one degree?
o Question: What energy-zapper makes you feel defeated—the one that consistently keeps you from taking the next step up the leadership ladder?
o Answer: Self-defeat keeps a person in StuckThinking™, the answer to overcome this obstacle is “manifest a vision.” Are you willing to “manifest a vision?” For example, Florence Nightingale was known as “The Lady with the Lamp.” Way ahead of her time, Florence had a vision about what nursing and hospitals should look like. Claiming the courage to manifest your vision will lift you out of self-defeat, empowering you, like Florence, to take the steps necessary to achieve results.
o The quote to prominently post for the week: Author Harper Lee said, “Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.” I say, “You can take the step up the ladder in spite of the obstacles that attempt to thwart everyday courage.”
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