Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire. – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin*
The source of all your power is your connection to yourself, your True Self. For some, this is stating the obvious. For most of us, we have lived our lives not even knowing it was possible to be disconnected from our True Selves. And yet it is…all the layers of fear, doubt, insecurity and unworthiness come between the person we are living as and the person we are at our core being.
When you peel away these layers to unearth your soul, you find the purest energy: Love. Love is the most powerful and beautiful energy we can unleash – upon others and upon ourselves. And yet, so often in business I hear leaders today say they do not want to use the word, “love.” Do you want to know why? It’s because they are afraid to look weak.
How ironic, when love is the greatest power of all.
True love of country was the wellspring of power that Lincoln used to save our country and Joan d’Arc used to save France. True, overflowing love for humanity was within all of our religious leaders and civil rights leaders. And true love for what they do and create – and for their customers – drives brand loyalty for great companies like Apple, Zappos and Dunkin’ Donuts.
The planet is going through a transformation right now.
We all know this; we don’t need the Mayan Calendar to feel the winds of change. Whether you believe the world is about to explode (I don’t) or that the planet is experiencing a critical energetic shift (I do), there is one thing each of us can do as leaders to affect this change: unleash love. Stop suppressing love and putting walls around it out of fear that you’ll look weak or it won’t be reciprocated. You are a leader. The world is looking to you to lead.
Start by loving yourself unconditionally. Unearth your True Self and share You with the world. Watch how it transforms your ability to lead others – the shift is bound to be noticeable if you’ve been holding back.
Choose to raise the vibration of love in your life. It’s as simple as making the choice. If you think this sounds ridiculous, ask yourself what you’re really afraid of.
At this point in the history of the world, I don’t think we have anything to lose by unleashing love. Do you? If now is our time to “rediscover fire,” will you be one of the people who leads the way?
* Thank you to William Powell for bringing this truly captivating quote to my attention!
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