Leaders stop fighting yourself
One of the cornerstones of being an effective leader is being genuine. And to be authentic you need to have a good understanding of who you are. That means knowing what makes you tick, why it makes you tick. And perhaps more importantly, under which circumstances you perform best.
Sometimes you follow the best advice out there. And that advice goes against your self-knowledge. It doesn’t fit with how you work, how you think. By heeding to the experts, sometimes you end up fighting yourself.
What does it mean to fight yourself?
People who fight themselves are often frustrated. They struggle to reach their goals. People who fight themselves find it difficult to get into a good groove. It’s a real challenge to have ideas flow and things connect. People who fight themselves are often unsatisfied. They blindly follow a prescription instead of playing around with possibilities. Because of these struggles, people who fight themselves find many things to be a struggle, a burden.
Brilliant and talented people often fight themselves. They let others tell them how to do things when they know it won’t work for them. Conformity is a way people fight themselves.
How to stop fighting yourself
People who aren’t at war with themselves have an appreciation of their strengths and weaknesses. Their self-knowledge allows them to be more intentional and deliberate in their decision-making.
Start paying attention to when you perform certain tasks, when your thoughts start to wander, when you can really focus. You might notice that you do your best technical writing in the morning and are better able to do creative thinking in the afternoon.
When you gain better self-knowledge, you’re in a position to structure your day to improve your productivity, creativity, and overall connectedness – with yourself, others, and the work at hand. You stop fighting yourself and you start exploring your talents, abilities, and skills.