What gets you from A to B isn’t what gets you from B to C. I was talking to a few clients last month about elevating their game. At first, it sounds like a nice “cheerleader” phrase, but after we got into the session, they got it. I mean really got it. And the comment at the end of the call was “this is career changing.”
Yes, I’m good at what I do. I help bring a clarity to the stuck, uncertain, and indifferent through expertise and intuition I’ve been honing for many, many years. But the magic spark and ‘aha’ comes from them getting the insight that this next phase of elevation is all about taking care of yourself within the bigger ecosystem of taking care of others – contribution in a big f*in way.
When you are satisfied in your work and are clear about where you want to be stretched and help others grow, beautiful things happen…like creativity, perseverance, and light-filled clarity that can blind you.
Once you see the opportunities, it’s hard to let it go.
And then you have to prioritize it. Because as we know, creative executives don’t ever have free time and never have a lack of things to do. So how do you gain focus? How do you truly harness what gifts you have to give and the potential impact you want to make?
1) Know what you care about – truly.
Where is your passion and expertise? Are those two areas married in your world? If not, how can have you have them converge or overlap in a way that makes your aligned efforts have that much more momentum?
2) You act.
You create the output of what that passion and expertise is…and that output is usually not in the reaction of your day-to-day job. We all have our execution, and then we have our dreams. You have to work on both or one will take over.
3) You push. Strategically.
Whenever you are trying to do something new, you have to push yourself and you have to help others see the value. Be smart. Speak to your audience’s listening and help them understand the value of what you want to do.
4) You create.
Creation isn’t easy. Great meaning comes from a breadth of emotions, experience, and fortitude. Remember if it’s worth it, it means you gotta go for it – fully.
You can do this your way. The Art of Leadership, Baby. Two people can approach how they lead with different styles and yield similar results. The question is – Do you need to revolutionize your habits, your philosophies, and ways of being in your work and life in order to make it happen?