A key to sustained success is perseverance.
Perseverance has less to do with skills and knowledge and more to do with a consistent commitment to that which matters most.
Perseverance draws meaning out of adversity.
Perseverance ends only when the task is done.
Perseverance is willing to wrestle with a lion until the lion gets tired.
Calvin Coolidge puts it this way, “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”
It is common knowledge that high growth leaders are most often the innovators – the agents of change.
How do busy leaders become high growth leaders?
How do they find the time and energy needed to step forward into new thoughts and new perspectives when their everyday lives appear to be packed with moment by moment commitments and expectations?
Growth investment begins within - that desire for personal growth - but the momentum and maturity come when a leader clearly identifies a source of reciprocal interest that has sustaining properties:
Becoming a high growth leader requires an intentionality that will empower a busy leader to step forward into growth.
The power of generative thinking is seen when two or more join together to produce different combinations of ideas through thoughtful interactions.
Time is essential within this space made for reflection and deeper inquiry.
Are you a "space maker" for generative thinking?
This is an upstream concept.
Imagine your effectiveness when you take the time to engage in generative thinking before you consider strategy, process and execution.
Nelson Mandela has been noted for saying, “There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”
This change (or seeing ways that we have altered) can happen through many experiences that influence us including:
While these elements in our life are inextricably linked, the reality is that there is a gap between personal growth and the rest of our growth experiences. This growth gap widens as the busyness of our days seem to control us and our time and energy are taken in pursuing practical knowledge needed for daily survival.
Our personal development suffers.
Are you interested in personal growth? Step #1 is get to know yourself. Spending time to look within can happen at any age and in any circumstance.
The purpose of role models in our lives is not so that we can try to think, believe and act just like them.
Instead, the purpose of role models is that the lives they lead inspire us to embrace a courageous mindset
… to move towards intentional living day by day
… to remain sensitive to the fear within while not allowing that fear to immobilize us
… to remain committed to represent who we are; to be authentic in the sunshine and the storms of life.
Our perspective is the way we see things; our attitude is what we feel.
This German picture from the late 19th century is a reminder of our ability to shift our perspective.... to see things from a different angle.
Can you see the old woman? How about the young lady?
If you can't, then reach out to someone else to help you. Often connecting with others helps us with perspective shifts.
The more often we are willing to consider shifts in our perspectives, the greater the chance for broadening our options - for seeing the bigger picture.
Bhutan, a land locked country in Asia, is the only country in the world whose government has GNH “gross national happiness" as one of their indicators of successful, holistic, well being.
One of the ways I measure success is by the most valuable element in my life - people. Daily success is measured by the presence of meaningful interactions. There are days where I am successful and days where success is illusive.
Acknowledging where your values lie will help you answer the question, "How do I measure my own success?"
The choice is yours.
In his book, How Successful People Think, John Maxwell explores the value of realistic thinking as he states, "Hope is not a strategy."
Hope is an expectation...
Hope is anticipation ...
Hope is a dream...
If you are hoping tomorrow will be better you have missed an opportunity to be strategic in delivering the difference you "hope" to make.
According to the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging at the University of Southern California the average person has about 48.6 thoughts per minute.
The average number of breaths per minute for an adult is 12-18.
Amazing to consider that every time you breathe you have potentially had three to four thoughts! It's no wonder that the concept of capturing thoughts appears overwhelming.
Three things may help:
Capturing your thoughts will not only impact your actions today but will open up possibilities that allow you to retain significant moments that will impact your future.
While there are obvious differences between someone born in the 1930’s and someone born in 2010, there are at least three things every generation has in common.
When seeking to be strategic, are we more effective when we in point out our differences or find ways to embrace our commonalities?