Far too often, many find it easier to seek cover under the umbrella of average, just doing enough to get by. Some do this because they think it might be too hard to do better, or they’re not sure how and where to start. Others are just lazy and feel that they’ll do what they want. Yet, while they seek out their independence, they also like to complain about their life and what is lacking in it.
To this latter group, I say, “Give me a break.” That’s an excuse—plain and simple. Use the skills you have to their fullest capability or acquire the skills needed to grow; these should be your only choices.
If you look at why some succeed or others do not, it becomes clear that those who understand “the how” and “the why” of what they and their organizations do, have the edge. Once you’re clear on “the how” and “the why,” adopt—or better yet, work—these six changes for your current mindset:
1. Recognize that you alone are responsible for your life, career, and future and that you can create situations where you are the master of your circumstances and not a victim.
2. Know that you can have more, but also recognize that you must work for and earn it. Vince Lombardi once said, “The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work.”
3. Recognize that you must regularly question the status quo and be open to finding or creating new opportunities.
4. Realize that your habits define you. As such, always look for ways to enhance existing habits and learn new ones to help you elevate your game.
5. Consistently live your life and demonstrate your full capabilities with quiet confidence; there is no need to talk about what you do or how well you do it, because your actions are all that others need to see.
6. Be willing to confront fear and take risks to move forward. Nothing will come to you unless you act first, and that’s where risk taking enters the picture. Remember, the turtle moves forward by learning to stick out his neck.
Being exceptional or doing and being your best on a consistent basis is far closer to reality for many of us, yet many see it as unattainable and give up at the first sign that hard work is required. Never give up on yourself.
Chris Ruisi is a nationally recognized executive coach and leadership expert, professional speaker, global talk radio show host and author who challenges business leaders to step up and play big.