Lately I’ve written a couple of articles about patriotism and the route to creating the best governments and nations possible, starting with yourself.
Some of you may be thinking that politicians are powerful and don’t care about what little old us are doing in our personal lives, or the networks we are creating in our communities.
That the kinds of lives we are leading mean nothing to them.
And right now it might.
But that kind of thinking assumes that politicians are the leaders.
Rest assured they are not.
I’m sure the more time you spend around them, you might be surprised to find out just how many of them are led, rather than doing the leading themselves.
Whether they are led by the voters, lobbyists, or people within their circle who have found a way to persuade them or wrap them around their fingers, they are led nonetheless.
Sure, you may have some bold ones here and there and the occasional thought leader.
But those are the rarities.
The rest are just people, a lot like the vast majority of people.
The kind you might see at work all the time (maybe even yourself if you’re being honest).
People going along to get along.
Not making waves.
Doing whatever is expedient to keep their jobs, paychecks, and to stay in the “club”, whatever the “club” is.
Going along with whatever is popular and accepted in order to gain approval, promotions in the club, etc.
They play the game according to the rules set by the leaders, but we as voters have abdicated our leadership role.
We’ll get into one way to take that back, but first know that following is not necessarily the wrong move.
Sometimes what you’re following is good and sometimes you need to be smart in order to keep yourself in the game.
Which is why most are not inclined to lead very much.
It’s dangerous and doing so could get cause them to get kicked out of the club.
Then what good can you do?
So how can you take a leadership role and cause your “leaders” to follow your lead?
It Always Starts With You
When you take control of your own personal life and start watching the ripple effect spread beyond your personal realm, you are taking a leadership role.
Even it you don’t feel it yourself right away, others do.
The effect is real.
When enough of us take personal responsibility over our lives, when we respect and honor ourselves, when enough of us create an undeniable expectation of what is acceptable in our lives and what is not, and when the networks we create grow, that’s when the hordes of followers in government have to take notice.
The standard has been set and, if they do not follow, they will not get votes and will get kicked out of the club.
We get the government we deserve.
The idea that setting personal expectations and building your own life impacting government leaders may seem pie in the sky.
It may even seem too passive for your liking.
But, believe it or not, they will follow you.
They have to.
They want your vote and they certainly don’t want to get in trouble.
They don’t want people shouting at them at town halls or marching against them in the streets.
They don’t want confrontation.
They want to keep their jobs.
They want promotions.
They want to be loved.
They’re just people, like you.
They got into the game for a reason and that reason was most likely not to get kicked out of it.
So they will follow your lead if you set a positive tone that spreads and inspires other people to get on board with.
If not, they have no reason to follow you.
You and your networks set the tone for what is expected. What you expect of yourself, which translates to what you expect of them.
When networks grow and reach critical mass, the followers will follow.
Just make sure to set the right tone.
Our first step is to live it out. If we don’t, then we won’t have a leg to stand on.
But if we do, and do it well, our followers just might take notice.
If you like this article, you might love my gratitude journal!
I wrote the introduction to help guide you and provide you with motivation to start your mindset shift and contribute to your growth, as well as to continue on even higher as you go.
If nothing else, having something – anything – to serve as a motivational reminder can help a great deal. Whether it’s a gratitude journal or something else.
Stay consistent and watch your life change positively.
You have the power to decide what you believe.
So believe in the good and believe in you!