Be honest with yourself.
Focus on becoming better.
Add value to others.
When it comes to self-talk, we’ve discovered six common, yet toxic, beliefs that hold people back more than any others. Be mindful of your tendencies to succumb to these beliefs, so that they don’t derail your career:
Toxic Belief #1: Perfection = Success
Human beings, by our very nature, are fallible. When perfection is your goal, you’re always left with a nagging sense of failure, and end up spending your time lamenting what you failed to accomplish, instead of enjoying what you were able to achieve.
Toxic Belief #2: My Destiny is Predetermined
Far too many people succumb to the highly irrational idea that they are destined to succeed or fail. Make no mistake about it, your destiny is in your own hands, and blaming multiple successes or failures on forces beyond your control is nothing more than a cop out. Sometimes life will deal you difficult cards to play, and others times you’ll be holding aces. Your willingness to give your all in playing any hand you’re holding determines your ultimate success or failure in life.
Toxic Belief #3: I “Always” or “Never” Do That
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At your company, how does leadership development happened? Do you have a formal program or process that you put emerging leaders in? Is there a formal program that you place all newly hired managers/leaders in? If so, who leads this initiative?
Or, is leadership development something more organic where it is the responsibility of the departments in which these people work? In other words, there is no formal program.
I would love your feedback and ideas. Please share in the comments below. Thank you!
I just spent an hour with some staff talking about what I call the Path to Promotion – the presentation I’ve developed on helping people excel at their current jobs and working towards a position into the future. One of the staff people was eating her lunch while we were having the meeting. Her lunch came from Panda Express.
As we concluded I asked her to open up one of her fortune cookies and read the fortune. This is what it said.
If you are working on a better future for yourself, be preparing now. Always look ahead to be ready for that opportunity.