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10 Specific Things Leaders Need to Do to Stay Successful

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The decision that comes in wanting to be a leader is a beautiful thing. As a leader, you have the capabilities to change many lives and inspire people to rise up to their full potential and be their best selves.

So how does a leader continue to be their best self? Becoming a leader doesn’t mean that you are off the hook of doing the work necessary to continue on your journey to being your best self.

Here are 10 specific ways that you can continue to show up and give your best to the many people you will inspire and help along the way:

1. Become a Thought Solutionist

If you are leading, you didn’t wake up in that position. It took some work, time, and patience to get to where you are today. The number one thing that you had to achieve is for you to learn how to train your thoughts. We all have thoughts that we shouldn’t think. The only way to continue to think positive and to block out the negative is to train your thoughts to think the things that are going to take you where you want to go.

2. Enjoy Life

Believe it or not, as a leader many fail at taking the opportunity to take everything in and enjoy the moments in their lives. This is something that sometimes has to be learned and appreciated. Life is too short not to enjoy it! Enjoying life doesn’t mean to lose control or respect. It simply means that you have the opportunity to not only enjoy why you do the hard work you do, but to also show others what is possible for them.

3. Invest In Your Health

Your health is an element of your life that can make or break you. If your health fails, then everything that you’ve created or are trying to create is in jeopardy. Just as you would need to take the time to take care of your family or business, you need to make sure that you take care of your health so that you can have the opportunity to live long and strong being a leader to the many people that are counting on you.

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

4. Always Have A Mentor Or Coach

If you want to be a good leader and lead a successful and fulfilled life, you are going to have to keep a mentor or coach at hand at ALL times. Leaders need a leader. Mentors or coaches are great investments that can and will help you on the journey to becoming the best you that you can be. They are the ones that will open your eyes to things that you might have missed that will make your life and business better and also hold you accountable for implementing the things that are necessary.

5. Always Be Mentoring or Coaching Someone

Being that you know the value of having a good mentor or coach, it is also a huge benefit to all leaders to be that for someone else. Being able to reach back and pull someone else up is an amazing feeling that helps you keep your gifts and talents fine tuned. Giving back is a great way to show the amazing qualities of leadership first hand.

6. Read Something Everyday

I know that we have all probably heard that reading is fundamental. Reading is a great tool and resource for you to utilize that will keep you current. The last thing that you want to do is be an out of date leader. Your readings don’t always have to come out of a book. There are several ways to fulfill reading each day. You can read articles, quotes, or you can even do an audio book.

7. Never Stop Learning

On your journey, you should always be learning something new. Your talents, gifts, attitude, and grit is what sets you aside from people who are not leaders. Being able to continue to learn how to apply these things in a big way is going to keep you current and help you to help others in the best ways possible.

8. Always Learn Something About Yourself That You Can Be Better In

As leaders, it is very easy to fall into the “I’ve Made It Syndrome”. Yes, it does feel nice to make it to a certain stage in your life but you should never really fully feel like or become comfortable in thinking that you have arrived and there is nothing more for you to improve on. There is ALWAYS something for you to improve on and you have to be proactive at finding it and working on it everyday.

“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” – Peter Drucker

9. Get A Taste Of The Globe

Being a leader is a great way for you to show off your expertise and also help many people in the process. It also is a great responsibility that renders you to need to know how to look at the whole picture. In order for you to see the whole picture, you need to learn more about the world that your audience is consuming. Traveling and seeing the world up close and personal is a huge benefit for your leadership abilities.

10. Be Grateful

Being grateful is a unique trait that has the ability to take you to the next level. Showing gratitude is an amazing exercise for you to do on a regular basis that will help you to stay grounded and stay connected to the people who you are leading. It also helps you reflect on how far you’ve come, what it took and the sacrifices that you made to get to where you are.

Being a leader is not something that happens overnight, but it is a journey that is taken throughout the course of a lifetime. If you don’t continue to fine tune your leadership qualities and abilities, you might end up losing them.

If you are a leader or want to be a leader please tell me how you’re showing up at your best or how you plan to in the future in the comment section below!

Hi, I'm Denise Damijo, I'm a Business and Lifestyle Strategist and a #1 Bestselling author of "When You're Done Expecting." I love helping other entrepreneur's get laser-focused on plugging the holes in their business so that they can improve their lives. You can find me writing for cool publications like this one, Huffington Post, Thrive Global, and She Owns It. I also love cooking up a good business plan and spending quality time with my family. Connect with me on my Podcast, Mind Money Mogul or on Facebook.

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  1. Corey Digman

    Jan 15, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    These are great reminders! Thanks for sharing, Denise!

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So I completed a Snake Handling course 6 years ago and during the final test of the course, we were asked to capture and bag 5 of Australia’s Deadliest snakes in a small confined room. The room had a Tiger Snake, Dugite, King Brown, Death Adder and a Red-Bellied Black Snake all slithering around at the same time. I couldn’t believe what I had got myself into.

Snakes were one of the biggest fears of mine. I would imagine a snake running underneath my feet from time to time and I would actually bring my feet up off the floor to avoid getting entangled or bitten by these imaginary snakes I had created in my mind. I would even have nightmares about snakes biting me and it would wake me up in sweats in the middle of the night.

I could have never imagined doing this in my life but I did it because I knew that I had to get passed this ridiculous fear I had of snakes, and I am grateful I was able to show up for it.

Checkout this podcast episode where I share how You can Master your Sub Conscious Programming around your fears in 2 Steps:

While attending this course, the subject of Fear was brought up and the presenter asked a number of people:

 

“What Are Your Top 5 Fears?”

– Public Speaking

– Cancer

– Sharks

– Snakes

– Heights

Were at the top of the list for most people.

 

The instructor carried on with a story of how he had just arrived back from a trip to the Northern Territory of Australia to visit an aboriginal community where he had met a 7-year-old boy who was absolutely scared to death of spiders and the dark.

Killer crocodile fearIt did not matter what kind of spider it is, he was scared and that was that. This boy would hunt crocodiles and lizards but was scared of even the non-venomous spiders.

All he had learned from a very young age was that spiders are dangerous and that they WILL kill you, yet the crocodiles and snakes that the boy would play with and hunt for are by far more deadly than most spiders that your everyday human would come across.

He was taught between the crucial years of 1-6 yrs old that the dark is full of evil happenings and that spiders are incredibly deadly and will kill him if he goes anywhere near them. So he was devastated to sleep in the dark and would jump on near by people just to get away from a spider nearby.

I’m not here to say that spiders aren’t dangerous, they are, and some out there have the potential to kill you. This boy was right to be cautious around spiders but where he lacked knowledge, or the right information about these creatures, eventually left him fearful of something he had never really understood.

This boy is just an example of many other people out there that are limited by their fears because of the little that they know. The less you know, the more fearful you are. This is only human and we are naturally scared of the unknown.

So the key thing here is we need more “KNOWLEDGE!” and it is in our best interest to want to understand how things work if we want to become less fearful of what the wild and wonderful world we live in has to offer.

You have to “EXPERIENCE” things to have a better understanding of the activity or whatever it is you are most scared of.

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Joel Brown – Certified Snake Handler

When you increase your knowledge you can grow to the level where your fear is set at, so when the two meet it creates a level called “RESPECT”.

This is the perfect level to be on because you will now have a respect for what you fear which will allow you to then work with it rather than being submissive and missing out on the wonderful feeling of successfully OWNING! the outer areas of your comfort zone.

Everybody has a fear of some sort and learning more about what you fear and even voyaging through your ‘un-comfortable zone‘ will prepare you for the hard knocks in life on your road to success.

 

I have a few more fears to conquer myself and I am happy to say that I have crossed ‘Snakes’ and a number of other top things off my list. I’m sharing this story with you in hopes that you too will face at least one or two of your fears. Not to say that “you did it“, but to prove that you can outgrow your own personal limitations.

Your fears could be holding you back, they could even be the final piece you need to experience a brand new lifestyle or a brave new world of fun.

 

So get out there, learn more and grow!

 

No matter the storm, may your Faith be stronger than your Fears – Joel Brown

 

 

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