What do Oprah, the Dalai Lama, Richard Branson and your friend who runs a bustling business while raising three rug rats all have in common?
A mindset geared to success.
This mindset, however, didn’t arrive over night. It was garnered and cultivated through trial, tribulation, and great perseverance. It required a commitment to learning, unlearning and then relearning (again and again). It begged for a nimble attitude in the face of an ever-evolving world. It also implored a deep understanding of self, values and vision.
Problems arise for successful people just like everyone else, but instead of wishing life was easier, they face them head on. They seek advise, they up-skill and they make the necessary changes for this is what they do best; they continue to grow.
As Jim Rohn, personal development legend said, “Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better.”
Mull over and then start to integrate these mindset tips to help you on your way to exemplary leadership and success.
1. Be open to feedback and criticism, and use it to grow
Ask your colleagues, clients, and family for feedback. Sometimes it won’t be easy to receive, but it will demonstrate that you are willing to learn. Own your mistakes and consider what the better approach may have been. Learn from your actions and endeavour to do better the next time.
2. Learn to communicate well and with value
Have you noticed that successful people communicate well? They explain what needs to be done and why in a way that everyone can understand. They speak truthfully and accurately, and provide positive recommendations on how to pursue the next steps, whether that is a business deal or a nappy change, one thing is for sure – the message is clear!
3. Lead by example
The path to success means practising what you preach and staying true to your values and ethics. A successful person will lead by example, which will serve as a source of inspiration for others because they are committed to showing up as the best version of themselves as often as humanly possible.
4. Collaborate and grow your community
No-one can do it all on their own. As they say, it takes a village! Successful people know this and are inherently wired to collaborate with like-minded people who share their values and vision.
5. Challenge people to think and grow
A successful person can recognise other people’s strengths and areas of improvement. They can use this knowledge and insight to encourage staff, family and friends to grow beyond their comfort zones and excel.
6. Look to the big picture
Successful people don’t get paralysed by the small details. They look to the big picture and make decisions and changes along the journey to ensure they are constantly tracking in the direction of the big picture because they know they are here to make it happen.