The leadership skills needed to drastically improve your career outlook include being authentic, optimistic, powerful, possess significant presence, make critical and decisive decisions, manage excessive stress, have elite communication and presentation skills, and the list goes on and on and on. Do you ultimately believe you are capable of great things or are you settling for the safe job? Maybe you want a bigger and more challenging career. Maybe your mind is too often consumed by doubt and fear.
Mastering critical leadership skills is challenging, and most certainly requires a tactical plan for aspiring leaders to follow. Have you been following a plan to help you get ahead at work?
One of my mentors that has helped me and provided the needed motivation to get more accomplished and be more productive is Tony Robbins. Recently, I revisited his book, Money Master the Game. Within one of the chapters he begins to discuss what goes into developing his programs to help people achieve massive transformations. What I found most profound, was that he said the only way a person can accomplish significant improvements in their life was to work on themselves first. That only through personal development can one break out of their pain and gain hope. He then goes on to clarify, it is one’s mindset that you must master first.
The following steps are a blueprint for helping professionals improve their leadership skills through Mastering Their Mindset in order to achieve peak performance at work.
- First, eliminate distractions. You must have discipline and persistence to achieve meaningful accomplishments. Leaders must learn to make physical changes to their environment in order to best position themselves to solve significant issues. It may be as easy as getting in to work 30 – 60 minutes early or staying late to get that priceless uninterrupted time to focus and concentrate. Alternatively, closing your office door or if in a shared space, finding an available meeting room to use, can also be beneficial to achieving this goal.
- Second, make the comfortable uncomfortable. You must change your perspective on how you deal with actual and perceived negative outcomes. You may even need to influence your ‘other self’, your other non-motivated, inactive, risk averse self. Last year, I trained for months in preparation for running the Athens, Greece marathon. It was also a battle to get up and get moving on the weekends for my long runs. To ensure I did meet my training goals I would have my running clothes set out the night before and I would download a new song to my phone to help motivate me to get moving. Lastly, I would not allow myself to eat any dessert during the week if I didn’t finish my run. These small changes did help my long runs become more desirable, however, they never did become truly comfortable.
- Third, break out of your comfort zone to become empowered. Take steps to take control of your thoughts and behaviors. Practicing behaviors that are positive and productive is the first steps to change. Your story is shaped by the thoughts you tell yourself and by the company you keep. It may be time to assess who you are spending your time with. Do you attend on-going meetups with people that also value personal development and achieving their personal best? For those that wish to get more experience in public speaking I recommend finding a local Toastmasters chapter to join. Toastmasters is a safe learning environment where you can practice and receive immediate feedback to improve.
It is now time for you to take action and control your thoughts and behaviors with the right career leadership mentor or coach, who can help you employ effective strategies to immediate gain needed leadership skills.
Question: What are the next steps you will take to Master Your Mindset? What are you going to do to improve your leadership skills? You can leave a comment..