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DON’T LET YOURSELF GO

There’s a big difference between neglecting your body and neglecting your soul. If you neglect your health, your body will get fatigued and ultimately succumb to illness. However, if you neglect your soul and spirit, everything about you will collapse – whether it’s physically, mentally, or emotionally. Sometimes life can feel like one big rat race. If we’re not chasing after the latest fad or trying to figure out what’s trending, we’re drowning in jealously over the fake lives that other people portray on social media. It’s no surprise that so many people wrestle with insecurity every day. Enough is enough! Stop comparing yourself to other people. There is no need to torture yourself wishing for that extravagant trip to Nepal or longing for that neon Lamborghini.

Take a good look in the mirror and accept to stand in your truth. Stand in the truth of your uniqueness. Stand in the truth of your potential. Stand in the truth of your worthiness, just the way you are. Who says you have to have that perfect Instagram life to be happy? It’s more important to be healthy. It’s more important to be content. It’s more important to be secure in who you are whether there is a million dollars in your bank account, or just one. You have the power within you to move mountains! The very power that sustains the entire universe in harmony exists within you. Be still, and listen. Meditate on this thought. You are capable of achieving even your most incredible dreams.

Don’t allow yourself to become a prisoner of discontent. If you spend all of your time creating a reality that only exists in your head, every thought and emotion you have will be contaminated with self-doubt. It’s important to understand that no one is chasing you. The sky isn’t going to fall if you don’t have the perfect life.

Don’t let money and ambition steal the hope, joy, and smile from your life. There are countless traps in this world that threaten to steal your happiness, but remember, your armor is from heaven. The fire inside you is eternal. Your mind is a weapon and your chest is a shield covered in gold from the heavens. Who told you that you aren’t good enough? Who on earth told you that you are a beggar? We are all children of God. We are all brothers and sisters in Christ. We are all a part of God’s divine plan, and this fact makes us all important. Through Christ, we are all connected. We are all connected to the supreme source of life. This isn’t some type of hippie mumbo-jumbo, or some cliché motivational platitude, it’s the truth. And you know it too. It’s time to open your spiritual eyes and recognize that you are called to live your life as an heir to the Kingdom of God. You are royalty, so accept it! Get up, do not be afraid and everything you ask in faith shall be given unto you in God’s time. Stand firm and have faith, soon you will see.

Daniel Habif
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DON’T PRETEND

Few things in life are as important as standing in your truth. It’s high time people stopped being so comfortable with phoniness. There’s no need to pretend to be more than you are, or to think less of yourself at all. We are all equal, with different nuances to our skills and abilities. Regardless of who you are or where you come from, we all basically share the same inner essence. Every person is perfectly capable of experiencing contentment, or attaining great success in life. Unfortunately we are also susceptible to insecurities and self-doubt. We never want to take responsibility for our lives and we blindly fall victim to perfectionism. In the process, we constantly try to justify unreasonable behavior.

Life’s about the little things. It’s a about finding joy in the beautiful simplicity of our shared reality. Instead of trying to get the most out of time, learn to savor it. Bathe with calm, eat slowly, unbutton with pace, soothe yourself with love and stop being so fixated on what to expect next. Enjoy your sleep and dream big. Eat what you want and be spontaneous. It’s ok to cry every now and then, but don’t end up choking on your tears. If times are tough, turn on the radio and sing, even if your voice is trembling and hoarse. Choose to live in happiness. Choose to live in purpose. Make a sincere prayer and tell God everything that bothers you. Pray about what you want to change and let God take the wheel. Life is simple, but we tend to complicate it with so much noise and distractions. If you start to live authentically, you can walk a mile in the dark, but the light inside you will always shine a away.

Daniel Habif
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THE QUESTION

Most of our thought processes are based on pessimism. Whenever we contemplate an issue or a dilemma, we end up asking a series of circular questions and answers. We fixate on trying to reveal the unknown and lose sight of our train of thought. If we re-think the way we reason, and make a few modifications to how we solve problems, there will be a dramatic improvement to how we gain understanding of the many mysteries we encounter.
Change the Question   

Example:  

How do I do this, if it is impossible?

  • Notice how in this question, the answer is implied in the second clause and doesn’t allow you to generate a new process of thought, much less a new path of discernment. Word-choice seems trivial, but it has a profound subliminal effect on our perception. In the given example, all hope is lost purely because of the choice to include the words “if it is impossible.” Whether or not it was intentional, this negative phrasing turned faith into an abstract concept when it should be a central catalyst.

Rephrasing:

How do I do this?

  • By reformulating the question as illustrated above, you open endless opportunities to activate your potential. Even though the circumstances being questioned are unknown, eliminating pessimistic language allows you to be both proactive and creative about finding an answer. Optimism and neutral language activates your faith, and the concept in question ceases to be abstract. Clearly your mind will be more receptive to answering this question if there are no barriers established by negative-phrasing.

This is the key to changing the way we think. It seems simplistic, but if we condition our minds with thoughts that don’t stand in conflict with our intentions, we position ourselves to stop asking redundant questions and start finding useful answers. If you can train your mind to relinquish the inertia of negativity, you’ll be able to relax and figure out what needs to be done.

IF YOU CAN’T FIND THE ANSWER, IT IS BECAUSE YOU KEEP ASKING THE SAME QUESTION!

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NO GUTS NO GLORY!

There’s big news! The perfect time to chase your dreams does not exist; it is a lie, it’s an illusion that is rooted in fear and self-sabotage. If you want to accomplish anything in life, the time is now. Not later, not when everything falls into place, it’s now. Opportunity knocks only once, and if you hesitate to seize the day, who knows if, or when, you’ll ever get the same chance again. Sometimes in life you just have to go for it! You have to take courage and fight for your dreams. Open your heart and your mind to the possibilities that boldness can achieve. It’s not enough just to be prepared for action, you also need to be willing.

Stop waiting and go for it! No guts no glory – for thus says the Holy Spirit: life is short, there is no time to think or to plan. Run fast, but without haste. Run far, and do not surrender. No matter what, keep running. This is the only way for success to eclipse regret at the end of your life’s journey. When all is said and done, you may become exhausted, sore, torn, cracked and broken… but it if you were bold enough to act, you will sing with joy. This has been my story. This has been my truth. I ran, and I ran forward. I put away my fears, and followed my dreams. I believed, I leapt, and I flew. And yes, I even fell. But I still got up and tried again. Through it all I learnt an undeniable truth; nothing and no one can stop a person who doesn’t give up.

You may be filled with fear, but that doesn’t mean you should stop. Use your fears as a vaccine. Use it to stay alert. Use it to stay focused. Don’t ever let anxiety overwhelm you because fear is not who you are, it’s what you feel. And what you feel can change at any given moment. You are a warrior. You are a fighter created to conquer fear. So be courageous and victory shall be your reward. Your wounds will one day be redeemed by The Lord and He will give you a crown worthy of your faith.

The Lord has given you the word of thy days ahead. If you are bold enough to act, the rest will come.

Daniel Habif

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7 ESSENTIAL OILS THAT CAN HELP YOU DETOX AFTER THE FLU SEASON

The five senses are the most powerful components of human physiology. This is because they are the main channels through which we not only experience life, but survive it as well. For example, if someone can’t feel anything because of numbness, it’s much easier to suffer injuries from accidental cuts and burns. Likewise if someone can’t see anything because of blindness, it becomes much easier to suffer injury from falls or collisions. All the phenomena we endure by way of touch, sight, taste, hearing, or smell, has a direct link both to our emotional state, and overall physical health. This link between our senses and our health is the guiding principle behind the different approaches of alternative medicine, such as aromatherapy.

What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that relies on herbs and essential oils for medical treatment and therapeutic practices. In particular, aromatherapy focuses on the process of absorption through smell. Whereas conventional medicine recommends ingestion of medication in order to nurse ailments, aromatherapy recommends olfaction as the primary way to stimulate and reinforce immunity. There are several ways in which the body can be healed and strengthened by engaging the sense of smell. This is why healers from both conventional and alternative medicine have used aromatherapy as a method of treatment for years.

It’s All about Nature

The foundation of aromatherapy is embrace and use of the organic. In order to obtain the strongest benefit from olfactory processes, practitioners of aromatherapy assemble the purest possible ingredients in their remedies. All aromatherapy treatments involve reduction of natural plant life to concentrated balms typically referred to as essential oils. Depending on the combination of plants used to produce essential oils, the fragrances they contain can either stimulate, soothe or rehabilitate. Imagine how good it feels to smell a fresh pot of coffee early in the morning. Or how sublime it feels to take in the perfume from a bouquet of roses. Every seed and every plant in nature contains molecules that trigger a host of such responses from our bodies when inhaled. Aromatherapy is all about isolating these molecules and using them as ingredients to ! invigorate the mind and body.

It’s time to Refresh

One of the most popular aromatherapy treatments practiced is detoxification. Not only can detoxing through aromatherapy help flush chemical toxins from the body, it can also eliminate toxic thoughts and emotions. Aromatherapy detox is a revitalizing technique which is hassle-free and low-maintenance. Moreover, there’s a wide variety of treatment options beyond simple inhalation to help detox. Detoxifying essential oils can also be combined in cosmetics, perfumes, massages, and even oral supplements. It all depends on your preference of how to make use of the oils. If you’re interested in pursuing an aromatherapy detox, here is a list of essential oils that are key:

 

1.       Fennel Essential Oil: This oil is extracted from crushed seeds of the Foeniculum vulgare plant species. Its fragrance induces feelings of equilibrium and stability.

2.       Juniper Essential Oil: This oil is extracted from ground berries and needles of the Juniperus osteosperma plant species. Its fragrance induces feelings of calm.

3.       Carrot Seed Essential Oil: This oil is extracted from ground seeds of the Daucus carota plant species. Its fragrance is sweet and rustic.

4.       Celery Seed Essential Oil: This oil is extracted from ground seeds of the Apium graveolens plant species. Its spicy, sweet, warm fragrance induces feelings of calm.

5.       Lemon Essential Oil: This oil is extracted from cold-pressed rinds of the Citrus limon plant species. Its tropical fragrance induces feelings of tranquility.

6.       Tea Tree Essential Oil: This oil is extracted from ground leaves and needles of the Melaleuca alternifolia plant species. Its antiseptic properties make it a good cleansing agent.

7.       Grapefruit Essential Oil: This oil is extracted from cold-pressed rinds of the Citrus paradise plant species. Its tropical, warm fragrance induces feelings of joy.

 

For more information on how to take advantage of the healing properties in these, and many more essential oils, visit https://www.doterra.com/US/en/site/riseprograms. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how RISE Programs can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

Disclaimer: RISE Programs strongly recommends that you consult with a physician before pursuing any kind of medical treatment. RISE Programs is not a licensed medical care provider, and represents that it has no expertise in diagnosing, examining, or treating medical conditions of any kind, or in determining the effect of any specific treatment on a medical condition. DO NOT disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of information you received through RISE Programs content. All RISE Programs multimedia content, including text, graphics, images, audio and video, is for general information purposes only.

 

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RISE AND GO RED FOR WOMEN THIS FEBRUARY

Heart disease is an epidemic – and a serious one at that. Did you know that someone has a heart attack in the United States every 40 seconds? This is according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) which estimates that one in every four deaths in America are prompted by heart disease. To make matters worse, heart disease is a dilemma that afflicts the entire world in equal measure. The world Health Organization (WHO) estimates that heart disease and stroke have been the leading cause of death internationally for the past 15 years, claiming tens of millions of lives every year. Heart disease kills more people than any other illness or health-related complication, including cancer and HIV/AIDS.

These grim statistics are the very reason why the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the American Heart Association (AHA) and a coalition of other sympathetic organizations founded the Go Red for Women awareness campaign. The Go Red for Women campaign adopts the red dress as a national symbol for women who fall victim to heart diseases. AHA research conducted in 2004 discovered that women in the United States are particularly vulnerable to heart disease and stroke. In fact, up to 500,000 women die from heart disease in the US every year, yet the common perception is that older men suffer the most heart attacks.

Thanks to the Go Red for Women campaign, millions of women have learnt about their own susceptibility to heart disease and taken steps to prevent the chances of suffering cardiovascular complications. RISE Programs is a proud supporter of the AHA, and the Go Red for Women campaign. We invite all of our followers and affiliates to dress in red this February and actively participate in women’s health awareness. A good way to start is to consult a physician for a routine check-up and ask about your risk factors for heart disease. You can also learn more about healthy living from RISE Programs’ various coaching resources. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how RISE Programs can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

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4 TROUBLING BEHAVIORS THAT MARRIED COUPLES SHOULD NEVER SWEEP UNDER THE RUG

Marriage is arguably the most important commitment a person can make in their lifetime. Not only does it bind a couple together as partners, it requires each spouse in a marriage to adapt to both predictable and unpredictable circumstances in the long-term. Marriage is often romanticized as a magical union between two individuals. People innocently expect to live happily ever after simply because they’ve managed to profess undying love in an extravagant ceremony. After the confetti settles however, marriage ultimately reveals itself for the colossal mission that it truly is. In the big picture, marriage is a merging of two distinct lives. It’s a decision not just to live with someone, but to grow with them. To evolve with them. It’s a decision to become so entwined with a partner that you can even share the tremendous privilege of raising children as a family unit of your own. Marriage is for real, and it’s forever.

In spite of all the good intentions that people walk into marriage with, several couples continue to suffer the heartbreaking fate of separation and divorce. Life’s challenges have a tragic way of creating division in relationships. In turn, the more divided couples are by conflict and betrayal, the more difficult it is for them to grow and share in life. The bad news is that marriage is tough. The good news however, is that so are you. If you can train yourself to recognize early signs of discord in your marriage, you stand a chance at preventing your relationship from unravelling. Here are four important traps to avoid in order to keep a marital bond alive and strong:

1.       Selfishness:

Marriage cannot possibly work without cooperation, and cooperation demands team spirit. One of the most important ways to keep partnership alive in a marriage is to be considerate and inclusive. Always bear in mind the impact of your decisions, however small, on the strength of your relationship.

2.       Unfaithfulness:

Jealousy is more than an emotion, it’s a human instinct. Whenever it manifests in relationships, it poisons couples with suspicion and insecurity. One of your highest priorities as a spouse should be to ensure that your partner can always trust that your affection is exclusive. Don’t cheat physically, and don’t cheat emotionally.

3.       Violence and Abuse:

It’s impossible to go through life without experiencing conflict and disagreement with others. Whatever the circumstance, if aggression and hostility play a role in how you resolve conflicts within your relationship, it is doomed to fail. Always be respectful and mature about the way you interact with your spouse. Never resort to violence as a way to solve problems.

4.       Avoidance:

When things get rough or dull, one of the easiest things to do is hide away. Sometimes it’s with social media, sometimes it’s with hobbies, sometimes it’s even with work. People come up with all kinds of excuses not to confront difficult situations. It’s important to beware of how often you prefer to ignore problems instead of facing them. If avoiding your partner becomes a reflex, you will inevitably drift too far apart from your spouse.

Marriage takes work. It can only survive if both partners are fully invested in preserving respect and dignity in every dimension of their shared experiences. Remember to love your spouse. Remember to appreciate them. But most of all, remember to be deliberate about nurturing the connection you share. Don’t just allow the winds of fate to dictate how close your marriage is. Choose every day to work together and build a strong foundation for your future. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how RISE Programs can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

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HOW TO BUILD A CONNECTION WITH WORKERS THE RIGHT WAY

Leadership is essentially defined as the act of assuming command, or taking charge, over a group of other people. By this definition, leadership is a duty that inherently depends on interacting with others. This means that having the capacity to build strong interpersonal connections is a skill that directly contributes to the effectiveness of a leader. The more people a leader is responsible for overseeing, the more obligated a leader is to show accountability. The easiest way to demonstrate accountability furthermore is to build relationships that are marked by openness, trust and mutual respect.

Influence feeds on the type of connection a leader can establish with followers. This is primarily because having strong connections with employees bolsters trust. When employees trust their leaders, it’s easier for them to focus on achieving organizational objectives with discipline and concentration. Consequently, investing in good relationships with employees is one of the best decisions a leader can make in pursuit of success. Transcending the formal relationship between manager and employee in order to form a more sincere social bond creates mutual loyalty. Four central principles can be relied upon to guide any attempt to establish connections with employees. They are as follows:

1.       Demonstrate Integrity: An honorable person is the easiest person to trust or be aligned with. Practicing basic ethical behavior such as honesty, respect, transparency, kindness, and so on, communicates a desire to be genuine with how you relate to employees. This is a message that is essential for employee morale and professionalism because whether consciously or not, employees are inclined to reflect the character of their superiors towards colleagues and clients. The more integrity a leader demonstrates therefore, the more integrity employees will pra! ctice in kind.

2.       Exercise Emotional Intelligence: The phrase “out of touch” is often used to describe leaders who are experiencing ineffectual relationships with their followers. Being out of touch is a general way of describing a situation whereby someone isn’t using emotional intelligence to make others feel appreciated or understood. Emotional intelligence is the capacity to empathize by considering other people’s needs before one’s own. As is the case with integrity, the more emotional intelligence a leader displays, the more admiration employees will show! back in kind. When employees feel appreciated or understood by leadership, the sense of loyalty generated will make their work feel validated beyond a paycheck.

3.       Make the First Move: The golden rule is infamous – do unto others as you would have them do unto you. The idea behind this universal rule is simple. Expecting other people to do things for you, that you aren’t willing to do for them, is unreasonable. This idea applies to employee relationships. If a leader expects to connect with followers, said leader has to be willing to engage proactively and convey what type of a connection is desired with others. In a world full of passive people distracted by endless information and busy schedules, being the t! ype of person who steps up first to build relationships sends a strong message of earnest initiative.

4.       Remember to Lead: Friendship my help people lead with compassion, but leading is a responsibility that doesn’t always call for friendship. In the effort to connect with people, always remember that above forming friendships, people look to leaders for decisiveness, guidance, and strength. Getting caught up in forming interpersonal connection more than projecting leadership can undermine authority irreversibly depending on the environment.

Strong leadership is a balancing act. Finding the happy medium between firm authority and compassionate friendship is the key to building sincere relationships with employees. There is no instant solution to the question of how to establish good connections with a workforce. Every meaningful approach to this issue requires dedicated, continuous effort. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how RISE Programs can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

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THE EARLY BIRD CATCHES THE WORM: HOW TO SAVE FOR RETIREMENT

In the words of Malcolm X, “the future belongs to those who prepare for it today.” According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), average life expectancy at birth for all genders in the United States has been on a general climb since the turn of the century. For instance, life expectancy at birth in the 1970s stood at 71 years, with adults at the age of 65 expected to live for at least 15 more years on average. Fast-forward to 2015 and life expectancy at birth had changed to 78 years, with adults at the age of 65 expected to live for 19 more years on average. As time goes by, people in general are living longer because of advancing healthcare, lower crime and access to mass-produced food. This might sound like good news but the truth is that living longer, especially in the current economic order, presents everyone with a serious dilemma.

Inasmuch as life expectancy has been on the rise over time, individual financial stability has followed an opposite trend of decline. This is because more than ever before, household debt either matches or surpasses disposable personal income. Consequently, a significant number of people face difficulty either building up or maintaining substantial savings. According to the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) so many people are grappling with debt that nearly half of all families in the US have no retirement savings at all. All of this means that people may be living longer, but their prospects of living comfortably beyond retirement is being jeopardized by the challenges of financial management.

Despite this dilemma, it is still possible to prepare adequately for retirement. With the right determination, initiative and discipline, most people have what it takes to make up for lost ground, if any. The most important thing is to actually make a firm decision to commit to responsible financial management – the earlier the better. If getting ready for retirement hasn’t been something you’ve thought about in detail, here are a few tips to help get you started with this undertaking:

Start Saving Now

Regardless of your sources of income, or whether you have an employer that is willing to fund a retirement plan, modify your spending habits in order to regularly allocate some of your net cash towards savings. Even if these savings aren’t initially banked in a retirement account, cultivating a mindset that instinctively apportions some of your income towards savings makes it easier to exercise discipline over these finances as they grow over time. Mathematically speaking as well, the earlier a person begins to save money, the less net income they have to sacrifice. For instance in order to save up $250,000 by the age of 65, someone 20 years old would need to set aside $462.96 per month without fail for 45 years. Conversely someone 40 years old would need to set aside $833.33 per month without fail for 25 years. Getting a good head-start clearly creates an advantage, but! consistency is key. Saving out of habit is the only way to get the ball rolling in terms of readiness for retirement.

Calculate your Cost of Living and Prioritize Necessities

Adequate preparation for retirement demands comprehensive awareness of spending. This doesn’t just apply to spending at present, it’s also important to try and develop an accurate idea of exactly what expenses will likely become necessary as one approaches old age. Because different people lead different lifestyles, there is no standard cost of living that can possibly apply equally to everyone. Try answering the following questions in order to generate reliable estimates:

·         How many years do I have left until retirement?

 

·         How long do I expect to live after retirement?

 

·         How much money do I currently need per month to make ends meet?

 

·         How is this monthly amount going to change by the time I’m ready to retire?

 

·         Based on how long I expect to live after retirement, how much money will I need per month to make ends meet, and how much does this translate to annually?

·         What specific steps can I take to generate these estimated amounts in good time?

While calculating these estimates, it’s also important to take into consideration that medical expenses typically increase for people as they get older. In addition to budgeting for routine cost of living therefore, factor in a cushion for medical expenses as part of your retirement savings.

Learn how to Use and Capitalize on Financial Services

Saving for retirement isn’t a one-man-mission. While it’s prudent to start this process out of one’s own initiative, it’s important to know that there are various resources out there that facilitate preparation for retirement. Some of these include:

·         Employer Retirement and Pension Plans

 

·         Individual Retirement Accounts

 

·         Social Security Retirement Benefits

 

·         Federal Insurance for Private Pensions

 

·         Investment in Securities to maximize Interest Revenue

Most banks and specialized financial institutions are more than eager to provide advice on how to take advantage of these and many other monetary resources available to consumers. As easy as it is to find a helping hand on this issue, it’s also very important to exercise caution before entrusting other parties with your hard-earned money. If you’re going to pay someone for investment advice, make sure to get a guarantee in writing that they are a fiduciary investment advisor. Fiduciary advisors are professionally obligated to work in the best interests of the individual consumer who pays for their counsel.

However long it takes, be consistent and be realistic. Saving up for retirement is like running a marathon. The finish line may seem out of reach at first, but persistence is the only way to ever make it across. Never stop saving, never stop planning, and when the time comes, you will never stop thanking yourself for preparing for the future. Check out more of RISE Programs’ Blogs for helpful advice on business and remember to spread the word by sharing this post.

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WHY A LEADER SHOULD NEVER GIVE UP ON LEARNING NEW THINGS

Knowledgeability is the cornerstone of any leader’s credibility. There are many things a leader can do to earn people’s admiration, ultimately however, genuine knowledgeability is the only characteristic that intrinsically maintains respect for a leader’s position. The moment employees feel or discover that their superiors have limited knowledge, it becomes tempting for said employees either to disregard or undermine their leadership’s authority. Even though there are situations in which a manager can’t possibly develop more technical expertise than a subordinate, it is possible for managers to demonstrate unequaled proficiency on some level that legitimizes their prerogative to lead.

Never stop learning

This is why continually working to expand knowledge is vital to effective leadership. Firstly, striving for knowledgeability enhances aptitude on an individual level. Secondly, it also creates the opportunity to empower others and thereby improve professional performance on a large scale. Business convention tends to emphasize tangible resources, such as finances or raw materials, as the most integral forms of a company’s capital. Knowledge, however, is just as indispensable a resource as any other, if not more so. Knowledgeability sparks innovation. Knowledgeability encourages progress. Knowledgeability challenges organizations to expand into new activities strategically. Without the pursuit of knowledge, people would be condemned to mediocrity in the work they do.

There are no excuses

Life in the information age makes expanding knowledge easier than it has ever been before. Virtually everyone has access to educational institutions and programs, either on-site or online. Even without academic instruction, basic research can yield substantial information that is reliable enough to develop any person’s knowledge base. It all starts with motivation. It all starts with the fundamental desire to take even the smallest initiative and improve oneself. As one good deed begets another, every bit of knowledge gained will lead to efficient and beneficial decision-making that helps everyone over time. Being tactical about gaining and applying knowledge sets the stage for meaningful self-improvement in two ways:

1. It sets the stage for Personal Improvement:

Seeking out knowledge specifically to increase individual intellect bolsters legitimacy in a leader and sharpens occupational skills. Within the professional context, managers should especially do as much as possible to learn about their companies’ products, services, competition, historic performance, industry conditions, projected output, and other such specialized operational information. Comprehensive institutional knowledge can be directly leveraged into power and influence in an organization. The more leadership understands about their business, the better positioned they are not only to oversee and guide employees but also to direct overall growth and maintain a competitive advantage.

2.It sets the stage to Empower Others:

No organization can possibly function without collaboration. Leaders need followers to carry out specific tasks, whereas followers need leaders to make critical decisions. Given this interdependent dynamic, when a leader is paired with knowledgeable followers, the overall productivity of the entire team multiplies. In addition to personally seeking out knowledge, therefore leaders should also create opportunities for their employees to gain knowledge with the aim of corresponding advancement. This creates a situation whereby a company grows in size at the same time that its workforce grows in capability.

Knowledge is a seed. A seed which when nurtured can germinate and bear fruits of empowerment and prosperity. Pursuing profit alone positions a leader to accomplish immediate goals through standard means. On the other hand, pursuing knowledge in addition to profit, positions a leader to accomplish ambitious goals through groundbreaking means. Ultimately the choice between mediocrity and excellence is yours. Join RISE Programs to learn more about how to strengthen your leadership through practical skills.

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