As our teams and dreams grow (and sometimes fail), it’s important to remember we’re getting closer to our cause. Too often, we’re so caught up in our own personal & professional development & training programs that we forget to cast our eyes & energy on the development of those around us. Check your priorities and ensure your team has sufficient tools & resources to act successfully; give them ample opportunities to learn; and be driven by your desire to serve others. Most importantly, ask your teammates what they hope to accomplish by being part of your tribe (using private one-on-one meetings, confidential surveys, group meetings, etc.), then seek to make this their reality. How can you help make the hopes & dreams of your teammates a reality?
If we don’t believe in ourselves, or in the people we work with, can we really call ourselves effective leaders? It takes guts to identify a need or shortcoming, and then make the choice to enhance or improve in that area. It takes even more courage to openly share our vision, and to bring together a powerful and purposeful team to conquer our goals. Let’s slow down for a second and consider that confidence, vision, and authenticity are traits in leaders that people find attractive. And since people like to be good, and they like to do good, it’s our responsibility to leverage that desire, and communicate effectively to do great things. It’s our belief in our team, and in their potential, that empowers & enables them to multiply our efforts and impact. Are you leading an inspired team?
Every innovation, romance, discovery & adventure began as the fantasy of an optimistic daydreamer. I once heard that we should be focusing our energy & resources on those things we think about when we daydream (or what we do when we’re procrastinating). Let your mind wander around that one for a minute! For some people this simply means spending more time doing what we love, or getting intentional about our bucket list; for others, it means a long overdue career change. Ouch! How honest are you, with you, about what excites you? Although a simple question, it can be difficult to answer because it takes courage to give ourselves permission to dream big. Schedule time to daydream, and note where your mind wanders. Where’s your mind taking you today?
Life is full of choices. Dream, or do? Lead, or follow? Speak up, or shut up? Our everyday choices will form who we are; and will frame how our friends, fans, family and foes will remember us. We must possess the courage to do the hard right, over the easy wrong. What’s most profound is that we’re the only one who’ll ever really know whether we’re content with the choices we’ve made. Consider this: every choice we make is an opportunity to show our true colors. Like it or not, people are watching our every move. Decision-making is our opportunity to step into our God-given potential by taking action and being honest with ourselves (and our loved ones) about the greatness we hope to achieve. How will you be remembered?
It’s not their, it’s they’re. It’s not your, it’s you’re.
It’s not the spelling that’s important—but what it says about us that’s important. In a fiercely competitive business environment, attention to quality & detail sets us apart from the crowd. Our language communicates the kind of leader and businessperson we aspire to be. But what’s your language saying about you? If our words get sloppy, customers, clients and investors may begin to think the same of our other business practices. And if we’re allowing poor language to slide by in the workplace, what comes next? Let’s set a standard for our teams, and ourselves by putting our best foot forward at every opportunity. Words have power. Words have meaning. They do, after all, attract others to us. Isn’t it worth the extra few minutes to proofread our messaging?
High achievers started as high believers.
We talk a lot about reaching for our dreams and crafting a vision for success—but what’s the fun in dreaming if dreams don’t come true? Listen up, doubters. They do! Sure, it takes guts to dream big, but let’s face it; the next step is the scariest. That is, trusting that if we chase after our dreams with gusto, that it’ll all work out. So start with the easiest part: Dream BIG! Let’s pinpoint what it is we want out of life. What do you see in your future? What excites you? There’s one critical step we must not forget: have complete faith that some how, some way, we will attain our dreams. No second thoughts, 100% belief. Do you believe? Good! Take one step in that direction.
It can be difficult to continue pushing once you’ve hit the big time.
Yes, even high achievers sometimes struggle through down cycles. If we don’t recast our vision after a few wins, it’s tempting to just relax and coast for a while. But, beware! It’s been said, “there’s just one way to coast…and that’s down hill.” We’re all challenged with the occasional season of low motivation. If you’re in that season now, the input & inspiration of a coach or mentor could be just what you need to get back on the winning track. No high achiever reaches greatness without one. It’s like having a high-impact trainer in your life who knows your capabilities; who believes in you; is cheering you on from the sidelines, and pushing you from strength to strength. Who’s inspiring you to push the boundaries and reach for greatness?
All work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy.
Most of us spend more time at work than doing anything else in life. So, it’s no wonder some of our most significant friendships are with the people at work. At one extreme, these friendships in the workplace lead to distractions or too much of a relaxed environment; while nurturing these friendships can have numerous benefits such as team cohesion, increased trust and focus on the mission. To gently foster unit cohesion & team spirit, how about a weekly lunch; or move your Friday night drinks to Wednesday for a mid-week boost; or introduce a joint monthly service project to help assist others in need? Plan some conversation & fun into your team’s schedule so it isn’t missed during work hours. You’ll be surprised how the smiles & productivity skyrocket!
We won’t recognize when we’re off course, if we don’t know the destination.
Having vision is about imagining the possibility of what could be. Perhaps it’s launching a world-changing organization, a successful career, or developing an innovative new product…the list is endless, and is as unique as we are. For many of us, it feels like a lifetime effort to realize our vision. It’s often difficult to stay focused, maintain our stamina, and remain patient as goals and visions of greatness are usually the most elusive. Sometimes those voices in our heads (and of family & friends) become like a child on a long road trip asking, “Are we there yet?” When your patience seems to be running thin, take a deep breath and then remind yourself of what you’re moving towards. Only those who can see the invisible can do the impossible.