Spiritual Courses – Initiative and Leadership
As odd as it may sound, Initiative and Leadership development is a part of Spiritual Courses. Initiative is doing the right thing without waiting to be told to do it. Leadership is taking the initiative to direct and supervise others to do the right thing. True leaders know that those who work for money alone and who receive for their pay nothing but money are always underpaid, no matter how much they receive Money is necessary, but the big prizes of life cannot be measured in terms of money alone. A leader whose motivation is based entirely on money will not stand the test of time. Spiritual Courses
As you set out to bring your dream to life, you will require initiative to be able to take decisions about your own life, and about circumstances around you. Also, it is generally known that you cannot achieve anything worthwhile entirely on your own. You will need the assistance and cooperation of other people as well. As such, you should not only be able to take initiatives and be a true leader of just your own life and circumstances, you must be able to direct your team, or followers to maintain faith toward the realization in the vision.
Also, keep in mind that things will not always be rosy on your way to success just because you are following the principles of success; no man ever reaches a high station in life without opposition of a violent nature from jealous and envious enemies. Therefore, be prepared to face situations in life that would require you to constantly use your initiative and leadership skills to take instant decisions. Spiritual Courses
Learning and adopting the following pledge can help you further master and develop your Initiative and Leadership skills:
Initiative and Leadership Pledge
Having chosen a definite chief aim as my life-work I now understand it to be my duty to transform this purpose into reality. Therefore, I will form the habit of taking some definite action each day that will carry me one step nearer the attainment of my definite chief aim. I know that procrastination is a deadly enemy of all who would become leaders in any undertaking, and I will eliminate this habit from my make-up by:
(a) Doing one definite thing each day, that ought to be done, without anyone telling me to do it.
(b) Looking around until I find at least one thing that I can do each day, that I have not been in the habit of doing, and that will be of value to others, without expectation of pay.
(c) Telling at least one other person, each day, of the value of practicing this habit of doing something that ought to be done without being told to do it.
I can see that the muscles of the body become strong in proportion to the extent to which they are used, therefore I understand that the habit of initiative also becomes fixed in proportion to the extent that it is practiced. I realize that the place to begin developing the habit of initiative is in the small, commonplace things connected with my daily work, therefore I will go at my work each day as if I were doing it solely for the purpose of developing this necessary habit of initiative. I understand that by practicing this habit of taking the initiative in connection with my daily work I will be not only developing that habit, but I will also be attracting the attention of those who will place greater value on my services as a result of this practice.