Leadership on Point

Are You A Spectator In Your Own Life?

June 21, 2013 John Dowd Jr. - Guest Author

At 50 years old, I got maybe the best gift anyone could ever get… I got fired.

Of course, at the moment it didn’t seem like a gift.  After a wonderful 30-year broadcast career, I found myself at a new chapter in my life with a burning question: What next?

The next logical step that my “mind” told me was to get another radio manager job, which would have been my TENTH.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m very grateful to have had a wonderful career.  But, I felt that the meaning in my life was no longer there.  While I did my best to help others, the corporate world had me focused less on people and more on profits.

Should I get a new job and feel like I was a spectator of my life and not living it? Or should I stop and try to finish a book that I had started a few years before, on positive thinking and well-being?  How wonderful to think about this project of slowing down and doing something that brought true meaning into both my life and the lives of others.

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The Self-Led Person

April 27, 2011 Teri Sica

In a recent interview with my guest, Dr. Richard Schwartz, an internationally renowned psychologist and author, we talked about what it takes to be a self-led person and how the “true self” is finally able to emerge – not an easy process, considering  all of our inner layers and parts.

Ask yourself,  when do you get charged up emotionally?  What gets you activated?

Consider your relationship to your thoughts and emotions, how your inner parts interact with each other, how you relate to the parts of you that you dislike or don’t want others to see.  How do YOU talk to those parts of you?  Perhaps this is when your “internal critic”, “task master”, “perfectionist”, or “pessimistic” part (among others) step in, as Richard suggests in his book.

As I’ve learned from my work, most of us just want to be rid of these parts, wishing them away – but they won’t go away.  It’s about getting these parts of us to relax that allows the true self to emerge.

In my conversation with Richard, he talked about the importance of learning to be “curious” (like the innocent child) and “compassionate” to all of these parts of us.  Being curious, like the inquisitive child, and compassionate, versus being judgmental or harsh.  As you learn to step back, unburden and be compassionate to all of your internal parts, THIS is when the authentic, “true self”, has the opportunity to emerge and to lead.

Richard described the self-led person as having the following characteristics: Curiosity, Compassion, Confidence, Creativity, Calmness, Clarity, Courage and Connectedness.  No wonder we just intuitively FEEL the presence of a self-lead person!

I credit Dr. Richard Schwartz for his clarity and the applicable way in which he describes this complex process of working with our inner parts.

Remember  that leading with the “true self” offers you the opportunity to live a more joyful life, a life that is rich, full of meaning and passion.

A final message from Dr. Schwartz as we concluded the interview, “May the SELF be with you”.

Written by RLA Associate and radio personality Teri Sica. You can contact Teri at: terisica@comcast.net or tune in to her show on Saturday mornings at 10:30 on 95.9 WATD-FM.

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Where Is the YOU in Your Performance?

March 16, 2011 Teri Sica

When people ask me why their performance is suffering, I almost always find the missing piece is their authenticity.

So what happens and why do we get so stuck?  It’s more about the emotional parts of who we are than the intellectual component.  I think it’s almost always related to the fear of being judged, the fear of failing, making mistakes, and sometimes even the fear of succeeding.

It seems like the common theme boils down to the fear of our own vulnerability – the fear of revealing our weakness.  This is why it takes much introspection, insight, and learning to effectively manage our fear so that we can become more authentic in all of the roles we perform.

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