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Where’s Your Focus?

December 12, 2014 — 8 Comments

Many leaders will begin with a clear focus on what’s important. They know the purpose of leadership.

To help others become better. To take others to places they couldn’t have gotten to alone. To show a path.

You can find your focus!

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Sadly, many leaders will lose there way. They’ll lose their focus. They’ll begin to wonder about what really matters.

At some point or another this happens to almost everyone. After you’ve seen success after success or failure after failure, you can easily lose your focus.

Why We Lose Our Focus

Focus can be a tricky thing to maintain for the long run. During the beginning, it’s easy to stay focused.

You have a targeted goal. You know what you’re aiming for. You have clearly defined metrics of success.

Yet after successes the next milestone becomes muddied. You can’t clearly see what the next step should be.

In my recent post on 5 Reasons Why Simple Leadership Rocks, a reader called me out in the comment section. And, to be honest, I deserved to be called out.

While my post explained why leading simply rocked, I forgot to explain and show how you can lead simply. Thanks to Caleb, you’ll get that in this post.

Leaders have been taught again and again that leadership is difficult. Your processes should be understood only by you and only you should be in control.

This has made leadership much more difficult than it should be. Instead, you should be leading simply.

What Is Simple Leadership?

Now, I don’t want to get overcomplicated in this post. It is, after all, about leading simply and effectively. There shouldn’t be much confusion to this after the post is done.

There have been many times in my life when I’ve wanted to implement change but lacked the secret sauce to create the change. But now, I think I’ve found the secret to making lasting change in my life.

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Image by Laszlo Ilyes

Every day we do simple things that could remind us to take the step towards change. I like to call these actions a mental trigger.

What Is A Mental Trigger?

Mental triggers are anything you use to signal your brain to take action. Anything you do on a frequent enough basis that could help you form a habit.

Personally, I have a couple of mental triggers I’ve used to create focused change in my life. Anything from walking through a doorway to going to the bathroom.

The mental trigger goes off and I know I have a task to do.

Pull Up A Chair

February 11, 2013 — 23 Comments

From time to time we lose that personal connection with our team members. The days get busy. Our schedules don’t allow us to meet regularly. We forget to pull up the chair.

As this happens, our team’s attunement is lost.

What’s Attunement?

Attunement is making your team aware and/or responsive. This means getting your team members on the same page and ready to work together.

When a team is attuned, great things begin to happen. Goals are reached. Relationships are improved. Business starts to grow.

Sounds great, huh?

How To Gain Attunement

Gaining attunement in your organization should be a key goal. With it, people are energized and know what’s going on.

However, gaining attunement is the tricky part. It requires hard work on your part. Then again, what good thing doesn’t require hard work?

Progress Not Arrival

October 17, 2012 — 13 Comments

We set our goals and begin working towards them. Making progress and hopefully checking the goal off of our list.

But what happens when you never arrive at the end of the goal? Should you be happy with the progress not the arrival?

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I’ve set many goals for my life and find myself not completing the goal. Instead, going off the path and going towards another shiny object or giving up on the goal altogether.

It’s got me thinking “Is this such a bad thing?”

I’ll have to say it all depends on what the purpose of your goal was.

Was it to actually accomplish the goal? Or was it to make progress in your life? To improve yourself?

If it’s the latter, I’d wager to say that it’s not a bad thing.