If a fire-fighter arrived at a fire worried about the laundry, one could be forgiven for thinking that something was not going to go as planned. And yet, everyday, leaders can fail to turn up to lead their teams with unfinished business on their plate. 

The beginning for moving from coach to leader, from manager to leader is to deal with your own stuff so you can turn up to lead others through theirs. In other words, “Turn up Happy.” 

This means, you are happy before you work, speak, write, achieve, get married, get divorced, attend the graduation, win the golf tournament or the lotto. You’re happy before you lose the weight, finish the book or buy that car. 

Happiness that comes from doing or getting or having is a very vulnerable happiness, an emotional happiness that can be stolen in a blink and therefore has no base for leadership. Unreliable people don’t get trusted.

The first place people have to rely on a leader is that the leader is actually going to turn up, 100% of the time with their laundry done, their desk clear, their head straight and peace in their heart. A stressed leader is no leader unless the people they lead are even more stressed, a self fulfilling prophecy.

When somebody asks you, “what makes you happy?” there are many ways to answer. But the best answer for a leader at home or at work, at least the best internal answer is nothing makes me happy, “I’m happy naturally.”

In the West we are in the habit of seeking things to make us happy, and this turns life into an emotional roller coaster. Food, people, addictions, alcohol, work, knowledge, relationships become a passport to happiness rather than the celebration of it, or even better, a way of giving it.

In happiness it is always wise to remember, you can’t give what you haven’t got.

About the Author Chris Walker

Uniquely Australian, highly intuitive and inspired, Chris Walker is on the forefront of radical personal development and change that inspires people to find purpose and to live in harmony with the Laws of Nature. His methods are dynamic, and direct. His work is gifted, heart-opening and inspirational. The process Chris embraces can be confrontational, but if you are prepared to “step out” the personal power that this knowledge gives you is without doubt life changing and truly inspiring. Chris’s purpose is to open hearts and to stop the hurt. His work comes from his heart and is a truly magnificent gift for anyone ready to receive it. Chris shows people how to bring spirit into their life and keep it there. His sensitivity and empathy to others is his gift. The most powerful thing that we can do with our lives is to be on purpose, and live with the knowledge of spirit. Chris helps you discover this, that which is already yours, and through his work, you will find the courage and love to honour your-self and follow your heart. Chris brings his work to individuals and businesses. He believes for business success, you first need to create personal success, and this happens when your business and the people within it are on purpose. Chris Walker is an author, a speaker and a truly inspirational individual who has been fortunate enough in this life to find and live his truth.
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