Great leaders are centered in many ways. They know who they are, where they are going, and what they were put on this earth to do. They bring their whole selves - heart, mind, body and soul - into everything they do. They care deeply about their purpose, work hard, and invest more of themselves than those who just follow.
Unfortunately, on occasion, leaders burn out. Burning the candle at both ends isn't sustainable. We've all been there but what can we do to stay centered, balanced, and focused during difficult times? I offer this parable as something to consider:
An old Cherokee chief was teaching his grandson about life…
"A fight is going on inside me," he said to the boy.
"It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.
"One is evil - he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, self-doubt, and ego.
"The other is good - he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.
"This same fight is going on inside you - and inside every other person, too."
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather,
"Which wolf will win?"
The old chief simply replied,
"The one you feed."
If you want to lead effectively you need to be centered and mindful of the good things in life. Evil surrounds us and tempts us daily. Put your focus on the good things, be grateful, and stop feeding yourself mental garbage that can easily take you off course.