Thoughts on Leadership is the brain child of Paul Bridle. This is the place that Paul shares his monthly thoughts.

Dare to Be Free

Posted: July 31st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Business, Culture, Leadership, Management, Social | No Comments »

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This month’s Thought on Leadership is about “Dare to be Free”.

Dare to be free.  People these days are not free.  They get themselves into a position where they are no longer in control of their lives, and as a result, not free.  What do I mean by that?  They are in debt.  They have got personal issues.  They have guilt that they are trying to overcome.  For a number of reasons we could be held back, and just not free, because we are having to pay back, deal with the guilt, address issues, etc. That is the challenge that all of us are facing, some of course, more than others.

From the point of this podcast what I was saying is dare to be free.  In other words, dare yourself to get to the point where you have got that freedom.  Where you can say; “It’s my life.  I want to get on with it.  I want to do it.  It’s my life.”  Many people don’t even have a plan for it. Many people are not even thinking that way.  In fact, worse than that, people are getting into the habit of being in that trench where they are no longer in control of anything, and once it becomes a habit, it is part of your life, it is what you expect.  I actually had somebody say to me, “Yes, well, everybody’s in debt aren’t they?”  Okay, it’s as though, we all have to live that way.  No, we don’t.  We can choose how we want it to be.  And when you have a choice — that’s when you are really free.  You have the freedom to be able to choose what you want to do in your life.

So this month, I wanted to challenge you and get you to think; are you daring to be free?  Do you dare to be free?  Do you dare to be free from some issues your own business could be holding back?

It can be something that is holding you down and stopping you from being able to go anywhere.  It can be debt, issues that you have, it can be relationships, it can be people you are dealing with, etc.  If that is the case then it is time to say; “enough of that, I need to move on.  Dare to be free”.

This month I ask you to think of a few questions, consider for yourself:

What am I doing about claiming freedom?  How am I going to get to the point where I can claim freedom?  How do I get to where it has become “my life”?  I dare you to be free.  I dare you to put yourself in a position where you are free because once you get in that position, just think what you could give back to life, think how much you can do with your life, how you can move forward in constant leaps and bounds.

So, give it some thought and by the way, this applies not only just to you personally, it applies to the people that work for you, your family, relations and friends.

I will be going into this in more detail in the subscriber section.

I hope you are having a great month, that you are busy and that all is well.

See you again next month.

Bye for now!

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Pick a Lane

Posted: July 4th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Business, Culture, Leadership, Management, Social | No Comments »

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Welcome to this month’s Thoughts on Leadership. This month is called “Pick a Lane”.
Have you ever met someone on the highway, they are in front of you, first they are in this lane, then they’re in that lane and they seem as though they are not be able to pick which lane they want to be in? I can be a bit like that!!
Sometimes we start down one road then go down another road, but then we want to go back there, and it gets all very confusing and the end result is you get nothing done.
There are people that you look at, and they seem to be able to do a number of things at once. Take for instance Richard Branson of the Virgin Group. Yes, he seems to have this business and that business, and yes there are a number of businesses that he is operating in and he seems to be able to do all of them, but does he really? He really has people in those businesses operating for him.
I am sure you know people who try and get themselves involved in too many things especially when they are starting out in business, or when the business needs their full attention, they are over here, they are there, over here — and they haven’t got the support around them to do that …….. that is like swapping and changing lanes. These people will never be really good at anything. They will always going to be pushing around and concentrating on switching lanes instead of finding the best way to get to where they need to be.
The question I want to ask you this month is:
Are you somebody who is switching lanes? Are you constantly trying to jump from one thing to another thing to another thing? Or are you focused?
There is a time where you may be able to switch things because you have the right people in the right places, because the circumstances are right, the business is mature enough — whatever — you could do a number of things at once. You can juggle, but there are going to be times when you cannot juggle — you are going to have to pay attention. You are going to have to strip yourself of things that are just getting in your way and holding you back. In other words, you could do really well in this lane but because you are trying to go between this lane and that lane, you are not good in either of them.
So, I wanted you to think about your life for this month. Check in with yourself.
Are you trying to do too many different things in too many different lanes? Or, are you somebody who is so focused on one lane that you get piled up in the traffic because you are just saying ‘I’m going to stay in this lane and nothing moves’?
There is a balance; there is a time to be in one lane and stick with it, and there is a time to be able to move across lanes, and you have got to be in control of that rather than it being in control of you.

That is it for this month. I hope you have a good month. I hope you’ve enjoyed this months Thoughts on Leadership.
Have a great month ahead of you and I’ll see you again next month! Bye for now!

– Paul

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