What’s this great force we call “Leading Edge?” Is it a single destination, a series of doorways, or an unreachable goal? And how do you even know what YOUR leading edge is anyhow? Let’s look at 3 life-changing ways for you to be on your leading edge so you can lead, create, and connect more powerfully.
When you think about being on your “leading edge”, what images pop up in your mind? Maybe you imagine yourself designing the ultimate killer app that bends all our prior knowledge into new pathways of understanding. Maybe you see yourself venturing into an unknown area of work, leadership, or personal expression.
Your leading edge is a place of firsts, the most forward part of something.
It can be a physical achievement, like Roger Bannister breaking the 4 minute mile in 1954.
It can be technological, like the first Apple computer revolutionizing our lives in 1976.
Maybe you aren’t about to develop the latest greatest app, piece of technology, or human feat, but you have places where you can be the leading edge… and they’re much closer than you think.
Let’s start with your inner self. Where will be your places of FIRSTS?
Our behaviors and beliefs are a great place to start with firsts. Change starts from within, right?
I compiled 3 areas where we can always work to walk on our leading edge… 3 areas that will take you to places of FIRSTS for you as a person and completely change who you are in this world.
The Leading Edge of Trust
By nature, we’re wired to be self-protective. Our brains and nervous systems are constantly on the lookout for threats and dangers to our survival.
Trust needs to be consciously developed. And like most growth paths, it starts with you.
The first step is trusting your gut instinct. You strengthen that by giving yourself time to get quiet, relax your mind, and tap into your intuition.
Each time you make a decision from a place of wisdom, you’re trusting your gut. Pay attention to your decision making and observe how many times you lean in to your hunches to come to the final choice.
The leading edge of trust also builds when we work cooperatively with others. Being on a team can create synergy or it can create fierce antagonism of people trying to shine brighter than the next. Look at how well you fit into a Genius Ecosystem and develop the trust that your genius will serve you to the fullest.
The leading edge of trust also shows itself through a mindset of abundance. It declares that all will be well and that minor setbacks aren’t permanent. Trust and faith go hand in hand.
The Leading Edge of Vulnerability
Psychological researcher Brene Brown delivered one of the most popular TED talks ever, The Power of Vulnerability. During this talk, she outlined what vulnerability is, why it’s so important for our world to stop trying to run from it, and how it benefits our growth as humans. It’s a leading edge that we must trust to go on.
In Brown’s words:
“I define vulnerability as uncertainty, risk and emotional exposure. With that definition in mind, let’s think about love. Waking up every day and loving someone who may or may not love us back, whose safety we can’t ensure, who may stay in our lives or may leave without a moment’s notice, who may be loyal to the day they die or betray us tomorrow — that’s vulnerability.“
Her scientific research is explained in language that speaks to the soul. Who hasn’t felt the fear of being hurt, humiliated, disgraced, or discredited? Who hasn’t feared being left alone, abandoned, withheld from love? Yet to feel the deepest parts of ourselves, we need to risk that vulnerability and take the leap. It’s a huge leading edge that grows the spirit.
The Leading Edge of Facing Fears
If trust and vulnerability haven’t made you shudder yet, let’s pack the biggy on now: FEAR.
Fear is all around us. We hold fears around money, love, relationships, success, health, physical appearance, the future, the past, the present… if it exists, we can find a way to fear it.
There are a number of ways to release fears and I’m going to share a couple of resources for you.
First of all, tuning in on a daily basis is very good for putting things in perspective. Even as little as 5 minutes a day of quiet time or meditation can reduce stress and help you face your fears with a clear head.
Writing about your fears can also help. An exercise I do when I’m feeling fear is to write out the fear, then to write the answers to 2 questions:
- Who would I be if I didn’t have this fear?
- What would be possible for me if I didn’t have this fear?
Usually that opens up a flood of thoughts and soon I’m coaching myself out of the fear.
Daily Change Up
For the next 7 days, I challenge you to focus on areas of FIRSTS within you. Where can you stretch to trust more, be more vulnerable, and face your fears? Use the writing exercise to see yourself without fears and you’ll find yourself drawn to living and being in a whole new way.
Brene Brown: The Power of Vulnerability
Timeline Healing Technique: Caitriona Reed is a foremost expert in Neurolinguistic Programming, or NLP. This video explains the Timeline Technique for facing fears and gives you a way to try it out. Watch it HERE