Is it 'eye' or 'I'? That is the question. It is interesting that they are pronounced the same. The physical eye allows you to see the physical world. The 'I'-who you think you are-determines the clarity of your perception: how you see the world and your life experience. Authentic leadership engages the head and the heart. The heart is the feeling nature and can either follow the lead of your ego ('I' in Latin, by the way) or your True, Authentic Self, the real 'I'.

Our right-brain is another metaphor of the heart. Our left-brain represents our logic, or 'head'. Truth or deception can be felt with the heart if you are listening, if you are in touch with your feeling nature. Feelings powerfully contribute to our state of being. They deeply color our experience, even when you try to deny them.

It will behoove your leadership, your creativity, and your performance in general to make friends with your feelings instead of seeing them antagonistically. Why? They powerfully define your perception, how 'you see life. Your thinking triggers your feelings, and your feelings strongly impact your actions.

You can think 'success', but if you don't feel 'success' you will have a tough time obtaining and maintaining it.

It is time to realize we are a whole being and not just our thinking and a body. Remember, our 'being' is defined by how we think and especially feel, whether we ignore this or not. If you are only in your head thinking, there is a good chance you are only 'doing', only going through the motions. You are not likely to feel passionate about your work, life, or relationships.

You may be busy as a bee, going nowhere really fast. When you slow down and actually feel, you can acquaint yourself with your Self. You can start to see life from your heart and eliminate more effectively those feelings that no longer serve you and cultivate those that make you radiate - joyful and full of life - truly productive. You can more effectively apply your emotional intelligence skills and tools. Then you can serve from truth instead of from deception.

Self-deception will wreck your leadership… and your life. You can run from your feelings but you can't hide. Paradoxically, you can self-manage your feelings and feel good most of the time when you pay attention to them and come from self-awareness instead of denial.

It is more courageous to strike at the root of our challenges instead of fearfully hanging out only at the surface.

Deception hurts; love heals. Get to know your true, authentic Self and reclaim your true potential so you can perform at your best and live a peace-filled life. Experience and witness the power of having clarity of vision to move mountains.

This is the power of understanding how your own brain and mind actually operates so you can take back the steering wheel of your mind. It's all in the 'I' that determines how your eye sees - the window to the soul. Get it? Think about it. This clarity will help you to move that which is stuck in your life. Open your Mind's Eye and see the 'I' of your Heart - Be YOU, Magnificently. Expand the vision for your life.

Author's Bio: 

Valencia Ray, M.D. teaches business owners and corporate leaders how their amazing brain can actually hijack personal power -- not in the abstract, but in the context of integrating business and personal life. Dr. Ray, a board-certified eye surgeon and medical business owner for over 20 years before selling her practice, shares her own life changing process. By sharing her story, she helps others to expand their vision and learn that by living with purpose and confidence, it is possible to have a more integrated, healthier lifestyle – with less struggle, more inner peace and more abundance.

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