The world changes every second due to technology and the information it provides. The amount of data generated every day, which can be viewed on multiple devices, can drive a person to lack the ability to gain self-leadership. That’s what many experts state, and I’m starting to believe it. How about you?
All that noise also started to create a self-leadership crisis in the Millennial generation, and I suspect it will also affect Generation Z’s self-leadership abilities.
What is self-leadership?
The most common definitions of self-leadership cover an individual’s ability to be self-aware and confident and create meaningful communication, behaviors, and emotions to have a stable life.
It’s time for a change.
Defining self-leadership for Millennial’s
Create personal responsibility for your attitudes and behaviors, which will increase your power over life.
I’ve kept my definition short for the younger generations and derived it from the traditional explanation to ensure that I don’t create too much noise or lose their attention, all in the hope of having more than a few Millennials think about their power over life’s journey.
It will be tough for digital natives to focus on self-leadership because technology tries to engage them 24/7. The gripping power of technology leaves very little time for reality checks in everyday life. Therefore, my view on creating self-leadership to create personal responsibility for attitudes and behaviors while increasing power over life will begin with one task: “Turning-Off-The-Technology.”
How easy is it to turn-off technology in life?
It’s hard for everyone to turn off laptops, smartphones, iPads, and other devices. However, for Millennials, it will be extremely difficult because they are the first generation to have grown up with 24/7 technology at their fingertips and now live in a technology-driven society. Moreover, the social media syndrome of “I want to be really, really famous” is now a sad reality for many young adults and children. Unfortunately, many don’t realize that “no one cares” and that it’s a short-lived career for most. What happens in life after Instagram fame?
Why turn everything off?
Although the effects of technology have their benefits, there is a darker side emerging. As more information is created and accessibility becomes easier and faster, the Millennial’s and every generation that follows will feel, hear, and see powerful messages from unknown and known sources.
These sources may create facts and fake news within the information that may not be easily recognized or understood. There will be very few media personalities, news outlets, or politicians that can be trusted because power and wealth will be generated from the control of Millennials’ attitudes and behaviors and from decreasing their power over life. The concept isn’t different from past generations, but the techniques and the amount of information will have a greater ability to be more mind-controlling.
Whoever controls the media, controls the mind.
– Jim Morrison
Today and tomorrow’s noisemakers
Facebook, Google, Twitter, and the Washington Post are some of the biggest media influencers on the planet. The organizations are all controlled by men with a bias toward others and have been, over and over, accused of controlling what people around the world research, read, and learn. The process is also commonly called brainwashing. Amazon’s Alexa is being accused of spying on millions of Americans. What will Amazon do with all the data that has been collected?
Tips for Millennials to get started on self-leadership:
- Turn off the technology once a day
- Family and friends first
- Think before you react and create your attitude and behavior
- The old saying “trust but verify” is now “trust few and verify the rest.”
Are you a Millennial?
Reality is always hard to accept. As with all generations, everything seems exciting, progressive, and vibrant. Everyday issues, as well as significant social changes, seem to be moving forward to create substantial changes. However, wars, politics, Earth’s natural variations, and inventions/technology create the reality that develops. If you are a Millennial who can grasp that there are very few, if any, paradigm shifts in a lifetime and that history will give insight into the future, you will be a winner in the game of life.
Take time to realize your reality and find your self-leadership to create personal responsibility for your attitude and behaviors; it will increase your power over life’s adventures.