So we’ve been thinking about all the hot topics our clients have discussed with us recently through our leadership programmes and mentoring programmes and we have narrowed them down to the top three things that really work as tools and the top three sabotages that can hold you back. I really hope you find this useful for your New Year planning.
When you are clear what you want and why you want it, then you naturally focus on the opportunities to achieve this. If you’re not clear, then this makes it very difficult for you to spot opportunities, spend your time wisely and feel you getting somewhere. Time out and one to one support are often needed here to gain the clarity you want especially if you are at a career crossroads.
Once your focus is clear then it’s about translating that focus into practical small steps. These can then be carefully considered to make your realistic detailed goals. That way you know when you are on track and you can manage your progress positively. Writing down these goals and discussing them with a trusted someone increases your chance of success dramatically. Mentoring is especially helpful here.
Ok, your focus is there and you have your goals in place. However, do they however cover a 360 degree focus? When you create balance with relevant goals across all areas of your life you also create great resilience. When we explore resilience in our leadership training. This area is so important as otherwise whatever is achieved can have a high negative cost in other areas.
So, we’ve explored here the three top leadership behaviours that get results and create resilience. Looking at the positives here is very helpful. However, when looking at any path there are always obstacles and unless you consider those too, a fall becomes a nasty surprise which causes serious setbacks. So, from our hot topics here are the top three saboteurs of path progress!
Once you’ve decided your goals, allocating the right time to achieve them in is something that often doesn’t happen. Things get in the way. In reality, it’s usually because time isn’t being prioritised or managed to focus on what is important. The biggest risk I’ve seen here is with entrepreneurs who need social media to manage their business. Whilst it is an important tool for them, it only usually needs 15 mins a day for a post and to check replies. However, it becomes addictive and when they realise how much time they are losing on this then it is very eye opening!
If you perceive you haven’t got time, skills or knowledge to achieve something then you are very likely to feel stressed, as you think you haven’t got the resources to cope and an overwhelm can happen. Taking time out to reflect on what you can do rather than just keep going is very valuable here. Resilience training and mentoring programmes are very useful tools to support this.
This mindset needs managing very carefully to avoid issues. The most common one we see with a perfectionistic mindset is procrastination, as the person thinks where they have got to isn’t good enough or the fear of not being good enough stops them even starting. Unhelpful thought patterns are always worth observing and getting to the bottom of, as they affect productivity and positivity. We cover these in our Leading Self and Others Course as well as our Resilience Training. Making any start on a project and setting yourself limits are practical strategies here.
Using the tools and being aware of the potential setbacks gives you a great opportunity to achieve whatever you want.
All best wishes for your journey success! 😊