Have you ever found yourself at a crossroads?
Maybe you’re stuck questioning yourself, or finding it hard to make a personal or professional choice.
We’ve all been there. But you don’t have to stay there.
Your capacity to move forward rests on taking control and belief in yourself. This starts with a leadership mindset.
If you’re thinking, “but I’m not in a leadership role at work,” understand developing a leadership mindset has nothing to do with your career or job title.
It has everything to do with how we interpret situations and subsequently make decisions. The thoughts that drive actions and result in specific outcomes.
We are constantly evaluating our current condition—both consciously and unconsciously.
Our perspectives regarding our current circumstances have been shaped by ideas and values learned in our formative years.
To tune in to a leadership mindset, it is important to acquire an acute sense of self-awareness…in other words, to better understand the origin of our thoughts.
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Developing a leadership mindset.
By expanding your level of awareness, you may discover that the lens you use in business and in life may not bear any relation to what is actually true. This is especially true if previous “influencers” that shaped our world as children or young adults were, for the most part, negative.
This may provide an explanation for those experiencing inner conflict as well as difficulty shifting negative thoughts to positive.
Ask yourself: “Do my thoughts help or impede my assessment of my present reality in order to move forward?”
Once you become more cognizant of your history and “energy” behind your perceptions, you can begin tapping into your intuition more effectively, all while tuning into your leadership mindset.
Humans possess an inner knowing, or “gut feeling”, although we may not choose to access it.
Our thoughts are driven by our deeply held beliefs which manifest as attitudes. The outcomes are evident in every facet of our lives.
In order to take charge of yourself, contemplate the following definition of mindset: “a belief that orients the way we handle situations—the way we sort out what is going on and what we should do.”
Equipped with the right mindset, the opportunity to “rise above” becomes less arduous.
This applies to personal and professional setbacks…i.e. challenges of every description.
This is not to suggest that unexpected, tragic circumstances would be less painful.
Shock, heartache, or deep sorrow are natural reactions to adverse events. Interestingly, research on overcoming trauma suggests that humans possess an innate capacity to develop resilience.
Consider the dictum: “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”
Have you been passed over for a job opportunity, or suddenly “dumped” in a relationship? Or, have you inadvertently found yourself as the patriarch or matriarch of the family when a loved one passed away?
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Knowingly or unknowingly, you have already honed a leadership mindset through a series of adversities.
You have led yourself through challenging situations that occur through the peaks and valleys of life.
As a result, you have already developed a degree of “bouncebackability” and can tap into your reservoir of resilience when confronted with the next test that life will bring.
Now that you know you already possess the resilience to develop a leadership mindset, how will you use this self-awareness?
Developing a leadership mindset is possible! It starts with you, and it’s easier than you think.
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This article was originally published on September 6, 2017, and has been updated.
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