5 Convictions Every Leader Should Have

Those who lead need to be people of conviction. Leaders need to hold fast and true to what they believe true.

When they don’t, organizations begin to sway and falter. We see uncertainty and unclear vision when a conviction is not there.

Your convictions matter

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This begs the question: What convictions should leaders hold onto? What can a leader believe that will drive their organization forward?

I believe there are 5 convictions every leader must believe and hold tightly to.

1. There are better days ahead: It’s easy to get discouraged when leading. Your organization might not be moving ahead as quickly as you would like. Your team may not be following your instruction. Your company may even be facing financial difficulty.

Those days suck. But there are better days ahead.

Remember the glory days? The days that looked so promising and held so much excitement?

The Difficult Path To Finding Your Purpose

Everyone was born for a purpose.

That’s right, even you. You are here for a reason.

There’s something special about you. And you must find out what makes you, you.

You’ll find people out there who will tell you the path to purpose is easy. By following 3 simple steps you can know you purpose and begin living it out.

I’ve found this to be a bunch of bunk. I’m pretty sure you have too.

Finding your purpose isn’t easy.

In reality, this will be one of the hardest things you’ll do.

Forces will come against you. You’ll tell yourself you’re not worth it. You’ll hear others tell you that you’re silly for pursuing what you believe in. You’ll feel crazy because your purpose may seem so far out there.

3 Questions You Must Ask Yourself Before Choosing To Lead

Leadership is an honor. It’s often a title or role that gets bestowed upon us without our choosing to lead.

But to lead effectively, we must choose to lead and run with the title given to us. This can be daunting and we’ll have questions.

In fact, I think there are 3 questions we must ask ourselves before choosing to lead.

These 3 questions will make a huge difference once you’ve made the choice.

You’ll have a firm foundation for leading. You’ll have answers for leading. You’ll have a reason for leading.

Question #1: The first question you MUST ask yourself is WHY do I want to lead?

Simon Sinek is a big proponent of starting with WHY. When you’ve settled on a WHY, your WHY will guide and direct you.

Where Does Stress Fit In Your Life?

“I’m So Stressed Out!”

Stress fits into your life

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We’ve all heard that before. In fact, we’ve all said that before. There comes a time when life seems to start piling up and we become overwhelmed with all that we have to do. It’s our friends and family who require so much attention, or work that seems to never get quiet, or our own personal demons that constantly push us to try to achieve more than we can. And adding on top of that is our quest to fit our passions in our lives.

Stress is a very real feeling, and I can’t say that it’s completely wrong. We can believe all we want that stress is just a poor coping mechanism, but good luck finding someone who doesn’t feel stressed from time to time.

Curiosity Didn’t Kill The Cat. Here’s What Did…

We’ve been told time and time again that curiosity killed the cat. Sure, it may be the case in a few instances. When you’re curious, dangers can arise.

But there’s something much worse that leaders should fear.

Curiosity won’t be the killer of most leaders. That falls at the feet of a true killer.

Leaders must be cautious of complacency.

What Is Complacency?

Complacency, as defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary is:

Self-satisfaction especially when accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies

Think about the definition for a few moments. Let it sink in. Is this what you want?

The Dangers of Complacency

Leaders are called leaders for a reason. They get out there and blaze a new trail. Leaders take their staff to new heights.