“The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.” ? Michel de Montaigne
This is a really important message for leaders.
A sense of belonging is essential. But we’re looking for it in the wrong places.
We’re looking for it outside of ourselves.
Part of belonging to any group is to be known, understood, and accepted.
It’s normal to want to be understood, but we need to stop looking to others to validate who we are, what we believe in, and how we feel.
A sense of belongingness must start with ourselves.
Otherwise, we put ourselves at the mercy of the world. The whims of other people’s agendas. We compromise pieces of who we are to fit in. We let others determine our self-worth. We give our power away.
At first, this may seem like a small thing. But it’s a big thing. A game-changer.
You learn that in order to have a sense of belongingness that starts on the inside, you have to create it. You have to create the space where you belong fully.
That’s the beginning of a vastly different journey indeed.
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