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Dare to dream and dream big

19 July, 2018
Dare to dream and dream big

As Neemisha Ramchurn said “dare to dream, dare to succeed, dare to fail, dare to learn, dare to grow, dare to be different, dare to be you!” Change happens because we make it happen, when we believe in ourselves great things are possible.

Negative or positive, it’s your choice

Your attitude affects your life and helps to shape your experiences and the results that you achieve. If you approach a situation in a negative frame of mind, it is more than likely that you will fail to achieve what you set out to do.

Your attitude is the way you act, think and behave towards those who are around you. Your attitude determines the way in which other people treat you and the demeanour that you give off.  Our attitude is one of the key drivers than enables us to determine the results we want to achieve. Once you adopt a positive attitude, the results you experience are more likely to be positive. That being said, a positive attitude does not guarantee that everything will be all pink and fluffy, but it does improve your chances, even when things go wrong; you are able to cope with them better and find a way to move forward.

Virtually nothing is impossible in this world, if you just put your mind to it and maintain a positive attitude.

Changing is difficult, not changing is fatal

changeAll organisations are facing an extraordinary and accelerating pace of change, with nearly 75% of change efforts failing, successfully managing change today could be the difference between success and failure. It is not always possible to control every situation and its outcome, but you can control your attitude and how you deal with it.

We understand that it is difficult to give up the known whilst simultaneously accepting the unknown. A daunting thought right? We are all resistant to change, even when we say we are not. Adapting to changes within the workplace and within your personal life are important and a necessary part of growing as an individual.

At work we like to stick to the same solution and models that we know work, but why don’t we look at different solutions that could maximise our efficiency and productivity even further? By avoiding change, we are avoiding growth. 

Be a gamechanger. The world has enough followers.

Set your goals

Have you ever thought about where you want to be in 5 years’ time? Do you know what you want to have achieved by the end of the day? Are you aware about what the main objective at work is?

In order to succeed you need to set clear and achievable goals that are realistic. Goals help you to have a sense of focus and direction. Goals are important for both personal and professional development. Goal setting is a process that requires consideration of what you want to achieve in terms of results and how you are going to achieve these. Here are 5 golden rules that you should follow when setting your goals, both at work and in your personal life:

  1. Set goals that are going to motivate you – if you set a goal that is too unrealistic and does not interest you, you will never hit your end goal
  2. Set SMART goals – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound.
  3. Write down your goals - writing it down makes it real and tangible
  4. Make an action plan – write down step-by-step all of the actions you are going to do to achieve your goals
  5. Stay motivated and keep going – keep yourself on track and review your progress

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.

Learn from your mistakes

One of life’s biggest challenges is the fear of failure. Many of us go out of our way to ensure that mistakes are prevented at all costs, but this means we don’t take risks, don’t step out of our comfort zones and don’t think outside of the box. Our mistakes should be seen as learning curves, they enable us to grow and develop and guide us in a way that will provide better results and achievements. Below are nine powerful lessons that we can take from our mistakes:

  1. Mistakes teach us to clarify what we really want and how we want to live.
  2. Mistakes teach us to accept who we are, the good and bad.
  3. Allow us to face our fears, no matter how big or small.
  4. We learn a lot about ourselves.
  5. We gain an understanding of what works and what does not work.
  6. Mistakes teach us to take responsibility and ownership
  7. We learn to inspire others through are mistakes
  8. From our mistakes we learn about integrity

Experience is making mistakes and learning from them.

Face your fears

Everybody has a component of fear in them, attempting new things can be considerably risky whether it is altering a business process, implementing a new solution or even a personal fear of getting onto a rollercoaster. Fear is what stops us from touching the metaphorical and literal stove and getting burned.

If you have never faced fear, you would never understand the feeling of success and accomplishment after achieving one of your desired goals. Fear should be looked at as a healthy and motivating driver that allows a business to grow and develop in the right direction.

On the other hand, many of us are scared to succeed and will rarely try something new that is challenging and risky. If you are scared to be in a successful business, you might not go after a customer that’s bigger than any of the other customers you have worked with in the past. This then slows down the growth and productivity of an organisation. You can’t be successful if this fear is predominant within your work and home life.

 

Limits, like fear, is often illusion.

Incorporate the ‘no-blame’ culture

A ‘no-blame’ culture embraces the possibility of errors and encourages team work to correct the mistake. The concept of accountability is a double-edged sword. It drives results that would be unachievable if nobody took ownership of the outcome, and on the other hand, it can cause a lot of damage when things go wrong and efforts are made to hold someone accountable for the outcome.

We have to accept that human error is unavoidable and we should take steps in order to ensure that these mistakes are mitigate as much as possible. Below are 5 key steps to foster a ‘no-blame’ culture:

  1. When results have not been met, treat it as a failure of process rather than a failure of an individual
  2. Engage with all employees to find ways to prevent the reoccurrence of failure.
  3. Outline behavioural standards that lead to outcomes as a first principal
  4. Insist on transparency when reporting
  5. Manage people with more regard to agreed behaviour than actual results

It must change now, I must change it now, I will change it now.

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Categories: Leadership