Senior Managers and Business Owners often find their roles can be lonely ones with others relying on them to provide the Leadership and motivation that they need.
The question is who motivates the Leader?
More often than not motivation needs to come from within, so how can you make sure that you are on top of your game and in a position to lead and motivate your people?
Here are ten tips from successful leaders on how they maintain a positive approach in their role :
1)Keep track of your thoughts. When you catch yourself thinking negative thoughts try jotting them down. If you do this on a regular basis for a few weeks you may find a pattern emerging and you will start to identify opportunities to change the way you see yourself or the situations in which you find yourself.
2) Use positive words when talking. If you are constantly telling yourself that you can’t do something do not be surprised when you fail to achieve targets. Instead use language which expects success and talk about what it will be like when you have succeeded in achieving your goals.
3) Surround yourself with positive and creative people. Think about the people in your life - do they have an optimistic or pessimistic outlook on life? Constantly being around negative people will drag you down and chip away at your positive outlook. Being around optimistic people is infectious and you will find your thoughts turn to finding solutions instead of focussing on problems.
4) Analyse what went wrong. Thinking positively doesn't mean denying that there is anything wrong. Instead, give yourself some time to think about the things that led up to your current situation so you can avoid future mistakes.
5) Give yourself credit. We are very good at identifying what we do badly and focussing on the mistakes we have made, but it is really important to take time out to recognise what we have done well. At the end of each day take a few minutes to write down 3 things that have gone well for you that day. In a short period of time you will find this exercise helps you refocus your mindset to one that seeks out the positives in a situation allowing you to identify solutions to the challenges you face.
6) Work on visualisation. Picturing what you want or the person you’d like to be can be a great motivator and help you identify the steps you need to take to achieve your goal. This is a technique used by many people in the world of sports and is extremely successful in helping achieve success.
7) Plan how to bridge the gap. Having identified what success looks like for you, the next step is to draw up a plan on how you are going to get there from where you are now. If you don’t know where you want to be how can you decide on the direction you need to take?
8) Don’t quit. Giving up is taking the easy way out, achieving goals is meant to be challenging. If it’s easy you aren’t stretching yourself and you are doing yourself a disservice. Real enjoyment comes from pushing yourself and others to be the best that they can be. Don’t short change yourself!
9) Believe in yourself. If you don’t believe in your ability, why should anyone else?
10) Find someone to share your dreams, your fears, someone who will give you honest objective feedback - a coach perhaps?
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