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Chapter 10. The Journey Completed > Personal Effectiveness

Personal Effectiveness

“Tell me, oh great one, why are you so triumphant and able in your every endeavor?” asked the admirer.

“It is because I believe that I am so,” he responded in a powerful and confident tone of voice.

“But then tell me, great one, why do you believe you are so triumphant and able?”

“Because I am,” he responded confidently.

At this the admirer scratched his head and thought for awhile. Then he asked, “Are you triumphant and able because you believe you are so, or just because you are?”

At this question he turned to the admirer with a faint trace of a smile on his face and a gleam in his eye that said the admirer had asked well. Then he said, “Yes, I have already told you so.”

Some key self-leadership ideas have been presented in this book. It should be clear that in being effective self-leaders we need to recognize our interdependent relationships with the world in which we live as well as the way we influence ourselves directly. Indeed, we largely create our own personal world through our actions, and our world acts on us in countless ways. We also need to recognize the importance of our mental as well as our physical behavior. The observable actions we take to deal with problems and challenges are important, but our thoughts about these challenges (mental behavior) are just as important.


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