There are two quotes that I think about whenever I hear someone tell me what they can and cannot do. One is from the turn of the twentieth century, one is from about 1700 years before that. The first is:
If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right. – Henry Ford
The second (and technically the third) is:
You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking. – Marcus Aurelius, Emperor of Rome (161 AD to 180 AD)
Leadership is ultimately about enabling others to be the best of what they can be. It is not self-serving, it is not inwardly focused. But helping people to understand the power that lies within themselves is a critical aspect of moving forward and accomplishing your vision. Everyone has dreams. Helping others to realize their own and removing barriers for them to do so is your job as a leader.
The same holds true within you, however. We all get down, and we all question whether the path we take is the one that will lead us to the place we’re trying to get to. That’s life. The problem lies in when we allow others to help us make the decision for us, about what we are capable of, what we can achieve. That is never good but it is fundamentally built into the things we do in our daily life. And sometimes we listen to that feedback. When we do, we sometimes curtail what it is possible for us to achieve.
The power to do lies in the power to act. Show your leadership daily by recognizing the power within you, and share that with others. That is the nature of great leadership.