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Ban “Busy”

Being busy is a form of laziness—lazy thinking, and indiscriminate action. Being busy is often used as a guise for avoiding the few critically important but uncomfortable actions necessary for your next level of success.

Be careful of the words you use around other people when they ask you: “How are things going?” When you say the word “busy,” they automatically think: “Oh, you’re not doing the right things.” You have put yourself into a position of frenetic energy, as opposed to a position of powerful, result-oriented actions that make you feel good as you accomplish them.

So, ban the word “busy” from your vocabulary, and the next time somebody asks you how things are going, simply mention to them that you’re up to something big and you’re excited about the actions you are taking. It sounds so much more powerful, and it’s going to feel so much better to be the person who says those words.

Step Into Your Authenticity

Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who you think you’re supposed to be and embracing who you are. Your leadership is correlated to your willingness to be vulnerable and real.

When we put up a façade as we walk into the office, people don’t buy it anyway. If instead, we become authentic and talk about our challenges and where we need to grow, and we “cough up the proverbial fur ball,” people support us because we’re being authentic.

Let go of the façade. You don’t need to wear a mask when you come into the office every day. Instead, step into your authenticity, and be the leader who’s willing to be vulnerable and real. Watch how people will support you in making your dreams come true.

So You Blew it…Now What?

Shame needs three things to grow out of control in our lives: secrets, silence, and judgment. Guilt and shame are just permission to do the same things all over again.

So, when you’ve made a mistake and you’ve missed the target, simply say: “I blew it, and here are the things I’m going to do to recover. Here’s my massive corrective action plan.” Covering up when something didn’t go well is only going to get you into more trouble. Guilt and shame will just repeat a pattern.

Know that you’ll blow it, know you’ll make mistakes, and know that it’s okay. Nobody’s going to hold that against you. Instead, live with power, and whenever you make a mistake, own it, own up to it, and communicate it to others along with your massive corrective action plan.

To Activate Others, Bring the Energy!

To activate others to be enthusiastic, you must first become enthusiastic yourself.

We have an energy that transfers to others around us. You know a person who walks into the workplace exhausted—they pull the energy out of everyone around them. You’ve had your energy pulled from that person. Perhaps you’ve even been that person.

Alternatively, if you choose to come into the office with an enthusiastic mindset and belief system and you choose energy—even though you’re exhausted, even though you’ve been working hard—that, too, is contagious.

Are you the kind of person whom others want around to catch the energy that you have? Ask yourself that every day and decide to bring the energy to the game.

Look at things as they can be

Look at things not as they are, but as they can be. A big thinker always visualizes what can be done in the future. She isn’t stuck with the present but lives in a world of possibility.

So, look around you today and see what is around you. Then ask yourself: “What could be here? What could be created? What if we lived in a powerful way? What would we make happen?”

Then, from that vantage point, take action.