Great Leadership Requires Inspiration .

Why do so many of my clients seek to be more inspirational as leaders? Why do they think they aren’t inspirational enough? Why do they get that sort of feedback? And – since the foundation of inspirational leadership is being personally inspired – why are these smart, accomplished leaders not inspired people?

Many good leaders have let their personal inspiration slip. Some have become downright depressed. We live in tough times, sure, but there are always problems to solve and difficulties to face. When you were an emerging leader, you jumped out there with enthusiasm and inspiration, and you relished the opportunity to help save the day. What happened to that inspiration? If you’re like many of my clients, you’ve developed the habit of looking for problems to solve – of finding what’s bad about a situation and searching out solutions. And over time, that can be toxic. A steady diet of problems can take up so much space inside your soul that it pushes out all that good inspiration you once enjoyed.

In the first part of this series, I talked about planting the seeds for personal inspiration… about beginning to take a positive view of the people you know, the society of which you’re a part, the place in which you choose to live. Next, to keep yourself inspired, you need to develop habits which bring balance to what you put into your mind and heart. You need to make it your goal to stay inspired; it should be part of your professional practice as a leader. Here are four practices to start with.

What do you read? If you read a newspaper or professional journal, your brain is getting a steady diet of problems. Balance that by adding some inspiring stuff to your reading list. I know, it’s hard to find the time… but I try to read inspiring stories and novels to balance what I read in the newspaper. Here’s a tip: since your reading time is limited, avoid stuff that doesn’t really inspire you, even if you’ve enjoyed it. When I was younger, I read all the novels by one of my favorite writers, a famous horror novelist. I appreciated the wordcraft, and I relished the pulse-pounding thrill of each read… but the books left me with bad, ugly feelings that didn’t contribute to my overall mindset of inspiration. If you have plenty of time to read, fine… mix it up, and read upbeat stories alongside the slasher novels. But if time’s limited, like it is for most leaders, remember that you get plenty of “horror stories” during your day job, and balance that with stories (and authors) that lift your spirits.

What do you write? Many of my clients, whether they own a business or not, never write anything but emails and memos that deal with the world of problem-solving. For balance, try keeping a journal, and re-read the stuff you write each day. If you’re feeling the need for more inspiration, note the tone of your journal: is it upbeat, or is it a rehashing of all the difficulties you’ve faced? It’s OK if there’s a mix of stuff in there, but make sure some of what you write is the result of an effort to appreciate the good, inspiring things that happen to you every day.

What do you watch? Again, balance the depressing stuff (“news” programs, documentaries, or scary movies) with things you know will give you a lift. What’s your favorite positive movie? Watch it again, even if you know how it ends. Because guess what: the recorded film may not have changed, but you have, and that means the movie “ends” differently – in terms of the feeling it leaves you with – every time you watch it.

What do you listen to? I’m guilty of over-consuming the troubling messages from hours of talk radio every day. I need that stuff to stay smart about what’s going on in my world… but I make it a point to balance it by listening to music that inspires me, every single day. A few years ago my leadership mission took me to the employ of a newspaper. Again, people open the paper to read what’s wrong with their world… so a news organization is not typically a bastion of inspiration. But I made it a practice to stay inspired by giving my ears a daily reminder of the inspiration I got from my other career, as a musical-theater actor. I got up early every morning and listened to an upbeat cast album on my headphones before heading into work. And it gave me the inspiration I needed to slay the dragons of my everyday work life.

What works for me might not work for you… but find something that will. Balance what you put into your mind and heart, and avoid a steady diet of uninspiring problems and difficulties. You might need to be a realist, and you might fancy yourself as a practical person. As such (and many of my clients are kindred spirits), you’d think it was “unrealistic” to see life through rose-colored glasses, and you might lose respect for a person you perceive as being overly positive. But remember: life isn’t all bad, either. Failure to put positive stuff into your brain, and to try to live on a constant stream of problems and negativity, is just as unrealistic. It’s unworthy of you. And it sure won’t make you an inspirational leader.


Good decisions can save lives

So finding the appropriate help to beat substance addiction can be full of anxieties. In most of the cases you have to take the decision for a family member or for a loved one as such it becomes a very crucial decision. Risk of taking inappropriate decision increases because generally people lack awareness that helps in deciding they often approach this decision with no prior knowledge or information – and with little understanding of what they should be looking for.

How should you go about choosing the right one out of many rehab institutions offering different types of programs?

Although internet offers a ton of relevant information along with a directory of all the institutions around the country offering drug rehab facilities there are few questions that one must get an answer to.

Choose amongst your options carefully, comparing them make a list of the institutions that you may consider based on location, treatment specialties, etc. Consider what are your program options? How effective has your program been in the past? What are the qualifications and credentials of your staff? How much will it cost you? Will your insurance cover the program? Contact them and question while visiting them about their quality of programs offered, whether their treatment is medically based or not, what will be the degree of family involvement during treatment and whether they offer some continuing care program or not.

You can also go through independent reviews to gain an understanding of how others feel about the treatment per facility. Use the Drug Rehab Comparison directory on the websites which lists hundreds of rehabilitation centers and addiction treatment facility centers and organizations. This searchable directory of drug and alcohol treatment programs shows the location of facilities around the country that treat alcoholism, alcohol abuse and drug abuse problems so you can search by location as well. This Locator includes more than 11,000 addiction treatment programs centers.

Residential drug rehab, outpatient drug rehabs, Hospital inpatient rehab centers are kinds of centers functioning currently. They all work for drug addiction and alcoholism, treatment programs for marijuana, cocaine, and heroin addiction however their treatment procedures are different for adolescents, and adults.

Good decisions can alter lives but in case of drug addiction, decision of choosing right drug rehab center can do more than just altering lives, It can save a life in jeopardy.

Proven Tips For Making Good Decisions

We all make decisions in our life. Some are just small decisions like what movie I am going to watch this Saturday or what dinner I am going to eat tonight. However, there are some decisons that can impact our life in a much larger scale such as getting married, changing to a new job or getting into a serious business venture.

Therefore, when it comes to making decisions that can impact our life, we need to make sure that we don’t make the wrong decisions. In this article, I will share with you some great tips you can use to help you make good decisions.

Here are some of the good decision making tips I suggest you pick up:

1. Get various perspectives. When you are faced to make a life-changing decision, talk to people who are closed to you to get various perspective. Talk openly with your family members and friends. Be honest with how you feel about the decision you are going to take and ask for their viewpoints or opinions.

The benefit of this tip is that sometimes someone from the outside can offer clarity that you don’t have sitting in the middle of the decision. The person can offer a bird’s-eye-view of the situation and bring out things you might not even be aware of.

2. Evaluate both the positives and negatives of making that decision by writing down the pros and cons. This is easy to do, get a piece of blank paper and divide it into two columns: the Pros and Cons column.

When you are eriting down the pros and cons, make sure you consider about the potential end results of your desicion. For example, how would making the decision impact your family relationship, friendship or other emotional attachment. You can also consider the pros and cons from a financial perspective. Ask yourself question like: “How would making the decision impact you financially?”

If you still don’t have enough facts to make the decision, hold onto it for later consideration. Life circumstances may change, and that may alter your decision in the future.

3. Make a smart decision by educating yourself about your options. For instance, if you are making a decision whether to jump into a business venture or not, make sure you understand the market first. Ask yourself whether this particular business has a good market. You don’t want to start a business venture that has a dying market. Many people make a big mistake by getting into a business where the market is already over saturated or about to die due to new methods or technologies. You must always consider the market first before you start a business venture. Many people do it the other way around, they consider a business based on their own limited evaluation; not the market research.

4. Listen to your heart and trust your instinct. If after you have considered all the facts but you still hesitate to make that decision, then one good technique you should use is to listen to your heart and go with your gut.

Sometimes when all the logical steps have been considered and evaluated carefully, the only thing you need to do is to pay attention to your inner feelings. Make yourself some quiet time, go inside and do some soul searching. If you truly listen to your heart, many times you will find the right answer and make the right decision.

Again, we’re all faced with all kind of decision making in our life. In this article, I have shared with you some great tips and techniques you can use to help you make the right decisions. I hope you apply and use these tips when you are faced with a dilemma of making decisions.