Happy New Year! Here’s your Mindset Mistake for January. If you would rather read this tip than watch the video, just scroll to the bottom of the page.
Hi this is Martha Austin, your Leadership Architect with another Mindset Mistake that will Derail your Leadership.
Are you old enough to remember when Congress was trying to define PORNOGRAPHY and was having tough time doing it? At one point an official said, “I’ll know it when I see it.”
That Pornography Standard leads us to today’s Mindset Mistake. The mistake is failing to define the evidence of your success. When you fail to define the evidence of your success, it’s very easy to get pulled off track, and even if you do make steps toward success, you won’t even recognize them. You may think you’ll know it when you see it. Trust me, unless you already know it, you will never see it.
Here is an exercise for you: Most of my clients say that they would like to enjoy more work/life balance. So for the sake of experimenting, let’s say your goal is to achieve work/life balance.
How will you know when you have achieved that? What will be the evidence? What will you see, hear, touch or experience to know you are fully successful at work/life balance?
That’s going to be different for everybody. For one person, balance might be going one entire soccer season attending every game her daughter is in. For someone else it might be his wife commenting, “you seem so relaxed now.”
There are some things I want you to notice about these examples.
1st – They are concrete and sensory based. Attending EVERY game; HEARING his wife comment.
2nd – It may or may not be something you have direct control over. Remember, this is evidence of success not the cause of it.
3rd – Notice this is not the same as a goal. This is not something you strive for. Rather it is the natural consequence of being successful, being fully successful of that vision you set.
I’d love to hear from you. Where could you benefit from better defining evidence of your success? Add your comments below.