Are you in balance? if not then this could be one major cause for not being productive and falling off the success train.
If turning inspiration into action was as simple as just taking that first step, we’d all be doing it right?
What’s important to remember is that it’s not just taking that first step that’s important but the step after it, and the step after that, which is the key to seeing your inspiration become your reality.
Challenging a current trend is never easy.
Often, if you’re told something is the ‘right’ way to proceed, you can find yourself persisting even if all signs are showing you that another is needed.
The myth that it’s possible to be the perfect leader, and that a great leader doesn’t make mistakes is fundamentally flawed, creating an impossible standard and a cycle that is difficult to break out of.
Communication can be very simply defined as being a cornerstone of every successful and unsuccessful relationship.
From the most complicated of personal relationships to structured business ones and even the most casual of interactions, effective communication is the key to making all these relationships work.
The way we interact and communicate from the top down has changed.
Distinguishing important information amongst the clutter and noise that inevitably infiltrates our world presents a very real challenge.
As does establishing a position of leadership within a culture that finds itself torn between wanting to avoid traditional authority (breaking down barriers) and finding security in real leaders who are willing to step up, calmly and clearly, making sense of the often chaotic world in which we live.
The traditional barriers of entry into many business are being broken down and as such, many of those who are at the top, are those who are there by their own doing, as opposed to those who are simply placed their by their connections or status.
This changing scope of leadership and the diverse paths that may be taken to arrive there means that communication is fundamental to establishing and maintaining yourself as an effective and worthy leader.
Being able to communicate calmly and clearly is a skill that all leaders must understand if they wish to establish a voice of authority.
- Create a culture based upon trust. No-one will move forward if the source of direction is untrustworthy.
- Be specific, communicate with clarity and ensure that the recipient has the correct understanding of what is expected of them.
- Maintain an open mind when inviting open discussion. An oppositional view should be welcomed as a contribution for growth, not shunned or devalued.
- Leave ego at the door and approach every interaction with a personal approach. Understanding with empathy is key to being an authoritative voice that others will respect.
Know what you plan to talk about. It’s impossible to be viewed in a position of authority if you have, or are perceived to have, little interest in what it is that you are discussing.
- Communication matters. And effective communication means that leaders are able to spend their time and energy on doing what it is that they do best – leading and inspiring by example.
Fact – Many Australians are unhappy at work. Fact – Many Australians would not recommend their workplace to others, do more than is expected or are actively looking for another job.
The State of Employee Engagement in Australia Survey (2015) found employee loyalty to the workplace was at a staggering low of 55.3 per cent. And one can only wonder how this is still occurring despite the phenomenal shift over the past decade towards promoting employee wellbeing and satisfaction, not to mention the often-touted ‘work/life’ balance?
Perhaps, this is because, for all the procedures, promotions and incentives offered on the table, if a person’s core human needs aren’t being addressed, then their job, and with it, life satisfaction, will begin to wane.
One of Maslow’s six human needs best illustrates this, the need of self actualisation, a state of being in ‘flow’ with your truest authentic self and being able to fulfil that need to the best of your ability.
“What a man can be, he must be” – Abraham Maslow.
The need or desire for something more will never go away, if you’re not actively doing something to fulfil it.
Many people have a vague idea of what it is that really drives them, and many of those people have even further distinguished that drive by visualising an unrealised dream or goal.
But even though a large number will KNOW what that dream or goal is, very few will step up to take action.
The answer to that is simple – Fear. Fear of the unknown. Fear of failure. Fear of ‘what if’.
I had that fear. I know that fear. I had ideas and dreams that I yearned to test out, put into practice but I was always stopped by the thought of ‘what if?’.
One day I decided to ask myself a different question… and that question was simply ‘So what?’.
By facing every single angle and outcome of perceived ‘failure’ with the two words ‘So what?’, I was able to get to know the unknown, I was able to look at the worst possible outcomes that I could end up with and realised that there was no fear great enough that I couldn’t overcome.
I could lose my house. So what? I could rebuild.
I could lose my current job security. So what? I could find another job.
I could end up 5 years behind where I am now. So what? I’d find a way to get back in front.
I could lose all my savings. So what? I could budget and save again.
I could end up bankrupt. So what? I’d seek out professional advice along the way and make sure that didn’t happen.
I looked directly at every single uncertainty or unknown and I realised, I had nothing to really fear. That my fear was simply an excuse to remain comfortable where I was.
We’re designed to be living in our flow, to be realising our truest purpose and being our most authentic selves.
By being true to that purpose and stepping up to the challenge, you are creating the greatest legacy possible for any human being.
So if you’re finding yourself living each and every day wanting more and uncertain whether or not you should take that step forward into the unknown, ask yourself ‘So what’ over and over until you become closely acquainted with every single fear that is holding you back.
You might just surprise yourself with how clear the path ahead becomes once you face your uncertainty head on, ready to turn your fear, into your flow.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed or disheartened and only a few days into to the start of your New Year’s resolutions, you’re not alone. Statistics show that 25% of people have already fallen by the wayside by the end of the first week of a New Year.
So what’s the secret to making successful changes invigorated by the promise of a New Year? The Three ‘C’s… Clarity. Commitment. Consistency.
And also understanding the difference between a setting resolutions and setting goals.
A resolution is something you want to resolve, a decision made that you intend to keep. A goal is something that you want to achieve or work towards, which often will be specific and measured.
Understanding that difference and determining which category the changes fall under that you want to see in your life, can help increase your success.
But what if you’re in that 25% who already feel they’ve ‘failed’ and are ready to give up? Perhaps you’ve found yourself setting the same goals or resolutions year after year only to find yourself falling short?
Then you need to understand two things:
1) That it simply means you are not perfect and that that’s ok.
2) That you really, truly do want to achieve these changes, you just haven’t quite yet figured out how.
If this is you, it’s time to change the game. Join me for my next free webinar to make 2016 “Your Best Year Yet” and I’ll share with you some of the secrets to making successful changes in your life.
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This is the promise of a new year, the stretch of another 365 days ahead of you and your opportunity to take real action for real change.
As another New Year approaches, many people become reflective on what has been and what may be possible for the 12 months ahead.
So what exactly does the start of a New Year represent? A New Year is a marker of time, a benchmark on your journey of life and an opportunity to start afresh after time rejuvenating with family and friends.
Some people look forward to this time, while others may feel an unnecessary amount of pressure to follow through with resolutions, though they may have no clear vision in mind.
No matter where you stand on this issue, one thing is certain: a New Year is coming and that year will pass along just as this one has. And with that year, you will have 365 opportunities to make a difference to how that year contributes to the journey of your life.
Imagine what you could achieve if every day, you simply committed to doing one thing that you normally wouldn’t do or that you would otherwise consider procrastinating on.
You would be 365 steps ahead of where you currently are now.
For example: if you were considering undertaking a university degree which would take on average three years and the journey ahead seemed long, difficult and too far off, putting off that first step will only mean one thing: that those three years will still pass you by and you will either be standing at the end with that degree or without. The difference in those outcomes is in taking that first step and following through
Small steps forward each and every day, and now is as good a time as ever to take a fresh perspective on which way you wish to go. It’s time to stop putting off and start doing.
So whether you’re a goal setter or not, one who eagerly anticipates the new opportunities that a New Year will bring or not, one thing remains the same; that each and every one of us will end up at the end of another year 12 months from now. The only question you need to ask yourself is:
Will you be taking action and getting further ahead or sitting back and possibly falling further behind.