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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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How Your Friends Determine Whether You Succeed or Not

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Can anyone do without having friends? We all have our friends, we share ideas with them, talk together, have fun, and fight. Yes, that’s the baseline of friendship. But, do you know that aside from you, your friends can determine whether you achieve success or not?

There are two things in friendship which are the ability to ”love” and the ability to “influence”. This means you are loved and you are influenced. How do your friends affect your success in life? How are they one of the biggest deciding factors of your success? Let’s find out.

What type of friends do you keep? 

First, what type of friends do you keep? Who do you call your best friend? There are two different kinds of friends, good friends, and bad ones. A lot of people have lost their pathway to success and some have also found their road to success all because of the friends they keep, the people they mingle with. 

Who is your best friend? Answer carefully. Having a best friend means you find each other compatible and understanding. Analyze who your best friend is. If your best friend has not motivated you to do something positive, if who you call your bestie has never given you positive advice, lastly if your best friend has never informed and advised you on your shortcomings, then you don’t have a best friend.

This quote tells us “birds of the same feather flock together”. Countless people have changed from their good nature into a bad one all because of friends. One thing to note is, “negative people move with negative aura”. If your best friend is filled with negativity inside-out then you will surely be affected by his/her negative aura.

They influence your success with positivity or negativity 

The friends you keep can either influence you with positivity or negativity because your friends have the power to change your kind of person completely. 

This is how your friends influence you:

  1. They influence you indirectly with what they do
  2. They influence you directly by teaching and giving you advice 

Yes, that is how they influence you. For instance, you watch a movie and you like the way the actor walks. The question is if you truly like the way the actor walks, won’t you try to imitate the actor? Of course, you will.

Just the way you imitate the actor is the same way your friends can influence you with their character. However, the funny part is, they don’t have to teach you to do things like them. You just find yourself imitating and copying them gradually.

An important question to ask is, are you imitating a good friend or a bad one? If you imitate a good friend then you will be good, but if you imitate a bad person, you will surely become a bad person.

Everyone wants to succeed, a good friend will always teach, enlighten, and motivate you for success. A bad friend will only motivate you to do evil things (smoking, drinking, fight, envy,).

And you should know that things like that are a great enemy of success and even of God. So, if you have these bad elements in your life, how will you achieve success? There is no way!

And also, they can teach and advise you directly. But, what do your friends teach you? When you ask them for advice do they inspire you positively or teach you the bad stuff.? A lot of people have regretted lifelong decisions just by listening to the advice of friends. 

The company you keep has the power to influence and change you. Never forget that a positive influence will teach, motivate, and brush you up for success. While a negative influence will inspire you to become a bad person, change your good nature, and leave you with regrets in the end.

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The 3 Step Process to Building a Profitable Pitch

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As a communication coach, one of the top questions entrepreneurs ask me is how to deliver a winning pitch to potential investors. They want to know if there’s a magic formula to get an investor to say yes and buy into their dream and their business. (more…)

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The 4 Pillars of Wealth and Abundance

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Have you ever wondered what the formula for a wealthy and abundant life is? Many people have. Lots has been written about the subject of wealth creation and living an abundant life. It was a breaking point in my journey and pursuit of success when I found out that there is a clear path to achieve success in life. Thanks to those who have shared their journey, we can clearly see and follow the principles of prosperity. (more…)

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Here Are 4 Reasons Why You Should Have a Podcast, Youtube Channel or Online Show

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Confidence comes from a place of strong understanding of self. After close to three years on radio, I’ve grown from a shy introvert to a shy introvert with an extrovert persona. When the mic is turned on, I can channel a version of myself that some say is attractive, strong, and of course, confident but it wasn’t always this way.

What I want to share with you is what I discovered on this journey into broadcast that you can apply to your life, your ventures, and your personal development. This doesn’t require any fancy gear. It does require a leap of faith on your part because once you go down the road of media; it can change your life.

1. Perceived Expertise

When you go to a doctor, you expect their knowledge will guide them to a solution to your problems. When you have a show, you become your listeners’ doctor. For all the multiple thousands, maybe millions, of YouTube channels, podcasts, and user-created content in the world, each person that gets behind a mic takes a position on their passion, their opinions, and their themes.

They challenge the status quo for the benefit of their listeners in hopes to entertain and educate. With consistency on your side, those fans place you on a platform and give you permission to influence them.

2. Global Acknowledgement

One of the benefits to increasing confidence is when you receive thank you notes from people you may never meet. The feeling of enriching someone’s life from halfway around the globe, provides validation you’re enhancing someone else’s life with your wisdom and your wit.

The very first time I was told I was making a difference in someone’s life in a country other than my own, I felt like I caused massive impact that transcends my circle of influence. When you experience just how much you can cause impact and it comes back to you, it’ll change your worldview.

“Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.” – Zig Ziglar

3. Backed By Numbers

One of the most exciting ways to measure success is to quantify your growth. It’s not enough to just broadcast. Having subscribers and downloads helps to know, numerically, how well you’re doing. Word of caution. This can be a way to set yourself up for distress because of number envy but if you understand what the numbers mean; you can control the narrative of the numbers.

The major number that makes most people smile is 10,000. I’d advise it to be 1. Here’s why. As you grow in your industry, so does your reach. If you learned that the one person that subscribed totally changed for the better because of you, wouldn’t that be worth the effort?

4. Effective Communication

While it’s not talked about much, having a show is documentation. You create a dynamic account of your life, your industry, and the pulse on what’s important simply by having a show. When you find a channel to improve your communication skills, you demand attention and people will listen to you. You become more trusted as a leader and people will follow you once they believe you can lead them to their wants and needs.

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins

These insights have helped many people become leaders and, ultimately, move others to their best selves. It’s worked for me and I hope it works for you. At the end of the day, it’s all about showing up and showing out.

Have you ever thought about having a radio show? If so, what would you talk about? Let us below!

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