Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. – Will Rogers
We live in a fast-paced, act now, culture. Everything from our iPhone to our television seems to update to the next version overnight automatically. Our car audio systems update in our garages; the way we share information changes all the time.
From education to medicine, you better embrace the mindset of continuous improvement. If you aren’t getting better, others are passing you by daily.
Take time to celebrate victories, learn from failures, and reflect on events. We learn through our experiences. While you discover, keep moving. Even on the right track, you need to embrace the commitment to growth.
Simply creating a vision is not enough: you must communicate it with passion and conviction. – Disney Institute
Decades ago, a motivations speaker made the statement, “your best thoughts go down the shower drain each morning.” His premise was that when we have time alone to think, we have breakthrough ideas. Too often, we don’t do anything with great ideas; the thoughts go down the drain.
Having a great idea isn’t enough. The great idea must spark action – an action that requires cultivation and development. The best ideas have teams working with refinement and development.
Don’t let your great potential ideas go down the drain. Communicate them – share your passion with the team. Not every thought leads to a vision that leads to action. Some ideas are only ideas, and that’s OK. Unrealized ideas often lead to future iterations. Keep dreaming!
If we’re growing, we’re always going to be out of our comfort zone. – John Maxwell
For most of us, there is a sense of comfort in sameness and consistency. We are at ease when our lives are in order; there is serenity in knowing what’s ahead.
We must embrace productive discomfort if we are going to improve – if we are going to have a growth mindset. Living with a passion for growth requires us to seek new opportunities and to push outside of our comfort zone.
Often what’s most uncomfortable is what’s most important – we must evaluate what should change and what should remain the same. There are traditions, tried and true models, and highly functioning processes that should stay constant. Growth demands consistent focus and response to the events in our lives.
When we have a solid core; when we know who we are and what we believe, making decisions becomes easy. When we live our values, we take the right path verse the easy way. We do what is required of us. It is who we are.
Author Brene Brown says many people look to what’s “fast, fun, and easy.” When we know our values we practice them, we don’t just profess them.
Many people in our lives say the right things but do the easy things. It’s easy to “look good” professing what’s right, but it’s more difficult to do the right thing – even when it’s difficult. Know your values, practice them every day, and do the work.
Remember when it was hard to ride a bike. Those days as a youngster when you kept falling in the grass as you rode down the sidewalk. The comfort of the training wheels were gone; you knew you could fall.
We go to school to learn. Each day should be a challenge; each task is an opportunity to learn. As we learn, the difficult becomes easy . . . then we move to the next challenge. This is life; this is progress. We live our growth mindset, the promise that we will be better tomorrow, by mastering the difficult and learning.
We have no control over most of the events that will come our way today. We live and work in a complex, interdependent world. This independency links unequivocally to the actions of others.
If we permit the events of the day to determine our mood or our happiness, we are randomly abdicating authority over ourselves to others. Only you decide how you respond to life’s events. You have the authority, the power, to choose your actions. Why would anyone choose to be unhappy? Choose self-determination and happiness over abdication and sadness.
Leadership isn’t an individual task. Throughout history, the most successful leaders weren’t “one-person shows.” Great leaders are force multipliers. The best leaders build talented, diverse teams around them to get the work done.
Leaders are humble listeners, with an inner-core grounded in personal and organizational values. Great leaders build trust – a trust that transcends organizational authority; The best leaders listen to differing opinions and welcome diverse ideas.
Strive to lead through your actions, through the trust you have earned, and through the relationships you have built