Leaders don’t typically choose to become complacent; they drift there. Busyness, putting out “fires”, working long hours, and feeling burned out are just a few causes. When you are in a poor state of mind, keeping a growth mindset is difficult. Forging ahead seems nearly impossible when you feel overwhelmed. Complacency feels much safer and easier. It is an easy default.
So, how do you avoid complacency? You have to be intentional with a growth plan. In fact, it’s best to write out a plan with some key elements. Consider the following:
- Commit to reading for growth daily
- Seek out mentors who have been where you are
- Hire a coach to challenge your thinking, support you, and hold you accountable
- Attend conferences that will help you grow in specific areas
- Set aside time to journal about your challenges, what you can do about them, and what you’re learning
- Reflect on the state of your organization and what you need to do to lead it better
- Listen to leadership podcasts
These are just a few ideas to get you started. I’m confident that you can think of more on your own. Whatever resonates with you should make it on your plan. But having a plan is not enough. YOU MUST SCHEDULE GROWTH INTO YOUR CALENDAR. If you do not make an appointment with yourself each day, other “things” will fill the void.
One way I want to help you is by inviting you to join my colleague, Mark Williams, and me for a FREE weekly teleconference training call. We will discuss leadership and personal growth principles and practices. We will share our journey and offer a Q&A time to help you think through your own growth. This weekly training call begins Thursday, September 22nd at 8pm EST. To register and receive call-in information, please click HERE. We can’t wait to help you on your growth journey!
Be Intentionally Great today!