A courageous journal practise

As part of a journaling process, for longer than I should have. I wrote BE BOLD. BE BRAVE. CREATE LEADERSHIP and many other positive self-affirmations. Yet, nothing changed.

Aristotle wrote in the complete works volume 1, “We become just by the practice of just actions, self-controlled by exercising self-control, and courageous by performing acts of courage.”

Yet, doing was not the whole answer.

I learned:

First, you need to decide what you are willing to commit to. Then bring it to life. Create a definition of what leadership, being bold, or being brave means to you. Paint only in primary colours.

Build constraints and be specific. Do this. Don’t do that.

Create a question to reflect on.

What am I creating that demonstrates personal leadership?

The value of curating examples from my journal over 90days. You are looking to bring awareness to your actions. Don’t cherry-pick, positive and negatives examples are helpful.

Writing affirmations might move us from passive to active.

But, unpacking our actions and thoughts to better understand what we mean might just be the activity of choice for a leader.



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Simon A Harling

Simon A Harling

Coach, speaker, blogger on fitness, coaching & personal leadership https://linktr.ee/SimonHarling