Do you believe with every fiber of your being that you are going to achieve any goal you set for yourself? Big or small? It is going to happen – there are no hiccups – there are no maybes?
When people don’t know what to say or can’t find the words to express themselves, they often fall back on those trite, overused expressions: clichés. Many clichés are based in reality and once had a valuable point to make, but they have been used so often that they can come across as shallow and meaningless. Use of clichés has the tendency to make the speaker or writer appear superficial and is not the best method of communication.
The first thing that we can say about leadership is that we all have a unique model of it in our heads. You know when you are inspired by a strong or charismatic leader. You also know when you are being managed by someone who should really be leading instead. You already know the difference, and the difference does not lie in those people, it is inside your head. Your existing model of leadership is certainly the best starting point for you to develop your leadership qualities.
People are attracted to stories. “We are social creatures and this is how we relate to other people.” It is also how we influence and/or are influenced by others. It’s no surprise. We humans have been communicating through stories for centuries as a means of influencing behaviours and politics. Centuries ago, people passed information from one person to another via storytelling long before they could read or write. As a result, today our brains are hardwired to listen to and respond to stories.
If you have ever been part of the leadership of a board, you have no doubt heard the complaint that your group is too cliquey. A Clique is any small group of people, with shared interests or other features in […]
Motivating yourself can be difficult at times, but motivating other people offers a different kind of challenge. Short of standing behind them with a pitchfork and an evil grin, or offering them a gazillion dollars, what can you do to […]
In my novels, (The Accidental Audience and Chasing Rhinos), the main character has to wrestle with her own mental toughness and perception biases in order to succeed at her profiling business.
So if motivation is a dying art – how do we frame up the emotional unrest that most of us feel as we navigate the ups and downs of our passions, hobbies and careers?
Over years of speaking at conferences and teaching courses, I’ve observed a clear pattern. Only a third of the room will ever bother to fill in the evaluation (unless there are prizes somehow attached). Of those, a fraction of the responses (5%) will suggest I’m the best speaker in the world, and another fraction of the responses (5%) will suggest that I’m the worst speaker in the world. Neither of these are true, and I know it.
Have you ever felt disillusioned with your current relationships? Attitude? Life? I think we all can suffer from this occasionally and I know I have. There are times when my motivation or gratitude is at an all time low, and then other times when it is at an all time high. There are times when I am waiting for things to improve on my behalf and other times when I feel like a Magician – just making good stuff happen all around me. So how do we do the latter more often?
Are you overwhelmed? Then begin by breaking the job down into smaller, more manageable sections with realistic deadlines. Take it one step at a time, and as you finish each section, the job will seem less overwhelming.