I did not set out to write a book on leadership, nor did I set out to build a leadership learning system. In fact, when I first got the idea to write a book on leadership; I resisted. I tried every way possible to convince myself that this was not something I needed to do. In the end, I stopped resisting and started listening. Listening to the inspiration—the thoughts, the ideas, and the concepts that kept flooding my mind; and then I committed.
Commitment means surrendering to the journey, even if you don’t know where it will take you. Commitment is an act of courage. As I began this journey, I was reminded of the words of W. N. Murray written in The Scottish Himalayan Expedition.
Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: The moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too.
All sorts of things occur to help one that would otherwise never have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from that decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.
This is exactly what I discovered. When you commit, you call in the forces of inspiration. You unleash synchronicity.
The New Leadership Paradigm book and learning system was not my idea: it was my inspiration. My hope and my wish for you is that by committing to your own leadership journey you will find your inspiration.
Inspiration: An influence, directly and immediately exerted upon the mind by the soul.
Commitment: Binding yourself intellectually and emotionally to a course of action.
Synchronicity: A coincidence of unconnected events with a related or common meaning.