It’s guest post Monday! This post is written by Onder Hassan who is passionate about building Self Confidence and has since started Dawn of Change to help inspire others do the same. His FREE YOU 2.0 course provides a simple strategy to overcoming fear and creating direction in your life. You can connect with him on Twitter and Google+.
Being a leader was perhaps one of the most difficult decisions I ever made in my life. I was scared and unprepared. I’m not afraid to admit it.
Before making that decision, I would try and comfort myself in the blanket of my parents, the government, school, corporations and other means of security laid out before me and for all of us who decide to take the conventional route.
For years I would do this, until I realized that something was missing.
I seemed unfulfilled and felt there was untapped potential that my current lifestyle was robbing from me.
They say change happens the moment we begin to realize where we are in life, and through either pain or regret, force us to take action. And I really believe in it.
But little did I know what was ahead of me once I had decided to take an alternative route.
The problem with leadership is that it takes great courage and blind faith to walk, with no guarantees of whether you’ll succeed or fail.
Because of this, I was terrified and my self-confidence had taken a massive plunge.
“Who am I to lead?” I thought, having no experience or even the wisdom to guide anyone let alone myself at the time.
Even people around me start to doubt me and discourage me from doing what I had planned for myself.
But over time, something began to happen.
Fear transformed to courage
Being a leader in my own life had taught me a lot of lessons, which also gave me wisdom in understanding the true facts of life.
All of us have to lead our own lives independent of everyone else. It’s required because it allows to not only discover who you are as an individual but to increase your sense of power and worth to the world in order to face it with complete conviction.
I knew instantly that walking the path had given me the courage, not because I had it from the start, but because I was willing to face my fears directly and be willing to fail.
There really is no easy way around it.
To sum up why leadership is required and what it taught me, it’s essentially three things:
1) It teaches you humility and the strength to face adversity.
2) It helps you discover who you really are.
3) It allows you to discover your true calling.
We need to step out of the box and from the confines of conventional society in order to discover who we are.
Great people are rarely ever born by following conventions.
No one wants to live a life of mediocrity, but aren’t willing to pay the price.
Understanding this will help give you the courage and motivation to get started.
Questions: What has leadership taught you? How has courage helped your leadership?