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Ego is the center of consciousness and is the “eye” through which we perceive the world. Our decision making is determined by our ego and it implements our will. The ego can be seen as an interface between the human world of society and individuals.
Very importantly the ego is a sentry. It analyses situations as threatening or beneficial. It reacts to insults, damage to what it sees as its own symbols or challenges to its circumstances.
It is necessary for us all to work to strengthen our ego and by doing so develop a sense of individuality, independence, self esteem, assertiveness, presence and values.
Ego gives us convictions of our opinions and perspectives specific tastes and preferences. People in possession of those qualities have egos which can be termed well developed, well defined or “strong.”
A well developed ego is beneficial in many ways. Individuals with healthy egos approach other people from a position of strength and vigor rather than from neediness or emptiness.
Ego and positive relationships
Such people can easily forge positive relationships with others. Well developed egos allow individual to behave consistently and be stable and trustworthy. People with well developed egos are not easily swayed by people who try to persuade them with their opinions.
Developing a healthy ego means that a person has an effective persona and appears confident, in control and trustworthy.
Honesty is a key ingredient in developing trust. Trust is a key element in establishing credibility. Our credibility is at the center of our ability to influence others and provide strong leadership.
To be honest is to be real, genuine bona fide and authentic. Honesty gives our business dealing openness, reliability and imparts our values to others.
It is important to work on our honesty to establish credibility in our relationships with others. To do this we must become more transparent.
Ego in the work place is essentially
Organizations are essentially a collection of relationships and honesty is one of the most obvious and neglected to improving relationships and self awareness.
In the workplace when people choose to be more honest with others the morale and productivity of the whole team improves in the process.
Telling the truth is probably the single most cost effective and single way to productivity and employee satisfaction.Being dishonest is generally the result of an individual fearing the consequences of telling the truth. Individuals are not up front when
they are afraid.
Establishing ground rules in work place situations and being prepared to listen to reasons as to why something was said, not said or done encourages staff to be honest. Honest explanations will then be more forthcoming as to why a certain deadline was not met.
Developing a written code of business ethics is most helpful when working to develop honesty.Such a code will guide all decision making and actions.
An individual’s reputation and track record for ethical behaviors and integrity are vital for establishing the trust that is the basis for all successful relationships that are held including those with customers, employees and the community.
The old adage of honesty being the best policy is most certainly true in all workplace situations. It allows for a more positive work environment and will help to retain customers and gain others.
Today courage is often thought of as synonymous with acts of bravado in the face of fear. However this is not the root meaning of the word courage.
By limiting courage to meaning brave acts we fail to see the consequences and aspects of exploring new ideas for a project,breaking from consensus, rising above possible rejection and initiating progress in the face of complacency.
Courage comes from the French word “corge”meaning hear and spirit. So courage is really about acting from your heart and spirit –from the center of your being – your true identity hiding a person’s ego.
Fear can prevent us from acting with courage. If people have regrets they usually represent times in our lives when they have allowed fearful insecurity to undermine the courageous choice.
Recognizing that we all have regrets, the task then is develop courage and the trust that going for it is better than dying without it.
This is the difference between the heart and the mind. Learning to stay focused in the present won’t eliminate fear but it can at least prevent people from being stuck in fear. Fear blocks courage.
As courage consciousness matures in an individual or organ As courage consciousness matures in an individual or organization there will be large shifts in the perspective about fear.
Courage will cradle actions and will allow people to validate the choice of their actions. In order to develop courage and overcome fear there needs to be a focus on personal development.
It is important to get an increasingly accurate view of reality by understanding how reality works and by interacting with reality. People should focus on their goals and
objectives and become stronger to be capable of achieving greater success and happiness.
It is important that we should develop our courage. We can be afraid but then we must call on our courage to follow our objectives. Such strength is undefeatable
The word ego has a negative connotation. It is often equated with “false self” that image of a person that they have created by themselves.
Ego is accepted as a root cause of many of our delusions and sufferings. Ego is often used to describe the tendency to over inflate a person’s self image and is often linked to greed. It implies that an individual loves themselves so much that they would attempt to try to realize their ambitions to the detriment of others.
Many spiritual leaders believe in the wisdom of weakening the ego. Such persons are outnumbered by others who emphatically state that we must all build even stronger egos as our egos are our character and we should aim for having a strong character with well defined attributes.
Such people believe that one way of building a stronger ego is in the direction of serving others. They believe that the stronger that an ego becomes the more an individual should push themselves to help other people.
By individuals who are capable of undertaking good works or acts of philanthropy such people offer a necessary service to weaker members of society.
By making service to others part of an individual’s identity they further build and strengthen their own ego in a very positive way.
There are numerous organizations such as Lions or Round Table that
seek to work in this way. There is nothing negative about serving others. How can there be?
Whilst doing good works can indeed make some individuals feel good
this is not necessarily a bad thing.
Even if a person’s ego is strengthened by serving others that is not negative. The positives of the person’s actions far outweigh any big headedness that unkind people might say they have adopted.
It is far better for an ego to be strengthened and a needy individual to
be assisted that for the needy person to be ignored.
To engage with life means to awaken one to the opportunities that are present in life. The key to staying engaged with life means to stay hungry for life.
If we lose our hunger then there is a danger that we will become apathetic and we will no longer challenge ourselves and instead we may just sit back and fail to achieve our real ego potential.