Several months ago, my co-founder, Lauren sent me a Ted Talk by Dr. Brené Brown and The Power of Vulnerability. Two weeks ago, I was at Harvard University participating in a Global Leadership Program and once again I had the pleasure of learning more about Dr. Brown. Dr. Brown came up with The Daring Greatly Leadership Manifesto. At some point in our lives we’ll lead and be lead; so it’s best to equip ourselves with tools to become effective leaders. I found this manifesto useful as I think about the way I lead. Do you have a manifesto you live by? If not, hopefully you can find some synergies from Dr. Brown.
If you’ve set career goals for 2016, there are at least three ways you might be sabotaging your own success.
1. Did you learn from your past?
Often times the reason we’re trapped in our doubts about what’s possible is that we haven’t dealt with our past. How do you feel about the last year? We have to learn the lessons from 2015 so we can begin to plan something better for 2016.
2. Are you boxing yourself in?
Most people like to play it safe. But when we set unrealistic goals, we’re almost sure to fail. Unrealistic goals don’t energize or inspire us. If your goals don’t require anything from you, it can’t drive anything inside of you. Unrealistic goals don’t challenge your creativity or persistence. And that means you won’t get far, no matter what your goals are. Setting goals that take you outside of your comfort zone will allow you to rise to the occasion.
3. Doubting your success?
You have to believe your success is possible! We all know what it’s like to fail at something. How many times have we failed at past resolutions, saving for that vacation, or losing weight? Every time we fail, it makes success seem further away. Success is possible and necessary! We have to change our mindset and believe improvement is possible. Once we start believing in ourselves, we can begin to move in the right direction.
Your success means you have to go from ambiguous aspiration to calculated action.