Spoilt for choice

Often I see clients who say they are stuck. It’s a horrible place to be. I know from personal experience.  You know something is wrong but you don’t know how to lead yourself effectively forward. You strongly believe all doors are shut, there are too many obstacles in the way and uncertainty is too uncomfortable.

The reality is that often when we feel stuck it is not because we are lacking options but because we are spoilt for choice.

Decision making is hard as we all know the future is not set but our mind gives a good attempt at filling us with doom, gloom, fear and anxiety as if we have a crystal ball. You know those internal conversations – what if? maybe it’s a mistake? Better the devil you know? etc.

However, even when we feel we are not being decisive we are in fact making a decision, the decision to do nothing.

Beginning a process of reframing and exploring to include the powerful question ‘What if I did nothing?’ can bring greater clarity and focus This question helps you to see the reality of the consequence of standing still, of deciding to do nothing. It forces you focus on the bigger picture of what you are seeking and the ultimate goal in mind. When you ask this question remember to capture your emotions as well as your thoughts too – sometimes the answer lies not just in words but in feelings.

Give it a go and see how effective this one powerful question is to break a period of indecision.

Lead yourself to success

Victoria

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Journaling – a self leadership strategy for instant transformation

When we take time to capture what we think, what we do and what we notice about our environment and the people we interact with, we can unearth a lot of personal insight. This insight when considered can open the doors to change and transformation as we spot for example, patterns in thinking and behaviour which we discover are helping us or sabotaging us.

One strategy I introduce to clients at the beginning of a coaching relationship is journaling as a perfect way of capturing insight and spotting things which we may be blind to.

With personal insight through heightened awareness comes the opportunity to transform ourselves. To be more confident in our decisions, more motivated to make a change, to try new habits and to create smarter ways of thinking and behaving.

Journaling is pretty easy but needs discipline and focused attention.  I have laid out my simple approach to journaling in a  training course on Skill Share – the online learning community. ‘Self Leadership: How to work smarter using journaling’ is available now along with lots of other great courses from people like Simon Sinek and Seth Godin as well as many independent business owners and creatives.

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Are you learning enough?

With the buzz of kids going off to a new school term,  I’ve been thinking about the importance of continued learning for us ‘grown ups’ for our career acceleration and ongoing performance effectiveness.

Our opportunity to learn is all around us in so many formats. However, many of us fall into the trap of natural complacency and the comfort of a career or a role that we don’t pursue the chance to actively keep learning as we get older. Along with this feeling of complacency also comes excuses. Lack of time, lack of company funds or a poor training policy were my personal favourites for why I simply stopped investing in learning.

But learning is so important and a key foundation of self leadership because learning delivers –

A greater range of perspective, ideas & creativity

Feeds your curiosity

Builds expertise & skills

Boosts confidence

Makes us more willing to challenge

Personal development & growth

A competitive advantage

The successful achievement of dreams, visions, career acceleration and business growth

A smile on your face!

So how can you get back in tune with learning?

Be mindful and attentive to daily lessons

We have no excuse not to learn.  To start with we can learn something every day simply through taking time to review and reflect on the actions we take, the mistakes we make and the interactions we have.  Being mindful and attentive to daily lessons of personal performance – thoughts, emotions and behaviour – is active learning you can do without the need for investment, too much time and a company policy. It just needs discipline, habit and prioritisation.

Expose your vulnerability

Admitting you don’t know everything can take a lot of courage and requires us to expose a level of vulnerability. Many would rather stand still than expose their imperfections. To disclose a weakness takes a personal strength and self-confidence which can be tough. Ignoring the inner critic whispers off comparison and perfection is difficult. I have three tips to I use to help push past fear of exposing vulnerability;

  1. Discover and write down positive empowering beliefs around the importance, the results and the additional benefits of learning. Repeat these daily to yourself to counter the negative whispers.
  2. Use self talk to remind yourself of ‘what you do well’ and take the focus off what you need to develop.
  3. Embrace the idea of ‘individuality’ and personal needs to fight comparison.

Set a goal

Accepting you need to learn more is one thing but knowing what to learn and how to go about it is another. Get clear on your learning goal to set a direction and then start researching to unearth the options and the steps you’ll need to achieve the goal.

Maximise ‘dead’ time

No matter how busy we believe we are there is always ‘dead time’ which could be used more effectively. Challenge all limiting beliefs around not having time to learn straight away! Be honest with yourself about how much time you waste on leading yourself with poor choice of activity which could be used more effectively to feed the mind. Travel time, for example, I class as ‘dead time’. Even if your trips are 10 minutes or an hour or more you could use this time to learn – constructive reading, watching a ted talk or listening to a podcast or audio book spring to mind rather than aimless web surfing.

So do you think you are learning enough? Why not make a conscious decision this month to increase your learning by taking these steps ….

  • Ask yourself ‘if I could learn one thing this month what would it be? and set a learning goal
  • Create space to reflect, review and make note of your daily learnings at the end of every day
  • Review how you spend your time and spot ‘dead time’
  • Create a new habit – formally make time in the schedule ‘for learning’
  • Investigate new courses, webinars, training opportunities, pod casts and audio books

Chose to lead yourself to success effectively with greater emphasis on learning and you will start to close the gap between where you are today and where you want to be.

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Stopping Overwhelm in its tracks

At the start of September, we all get back into the swing of  work with a little excitement and feeling focused. That back to school feeling from years gone by still sits in my psyche that’s for sure. It’s now time to knuckle down and get all those things done we have deferred over the last few weeks. We’re feel energised and ready for action after a rest and sunshine, although slightly miffed the summer is over. However, before long you know it will be business as normal and with business as normal comes the potential for overwhelm and its pal’s anxiety and stress.

So, in anticipation of the dreaded ‘O’ word creeping into our lives here are 5 self-leadership strategies to help be productive and to manage overwhelm.

Zero inbox policy – Staring at an ever growing email inbox is an unnecessary pressure. Start a fresh this September and take an hour today to clear that inbox down to zero. Use the 4 D process of – Do it (if it can be done in 5 mins), Delete it (be honest with yourself do you really need it), Defer it (create folders with purpose) and Delegate it (pass it on to someone who can get it done). Whilst you are at it have an unsubscribe detox and stop unwanted emails from clogging your inbox. Then set the zero inbox as a daily personal rule. Go on you can do it and you will feel better!

Manage your own expectations – Often we are worse enemy thinking we can do more than is possible in one working day or worse still believing everything needs to be done immediately.  There are 24 hours in a day and if you’ve got your life priorities in check you are likely to be working 8-10 of those without feeling frustrated or disillusioned. So, get crystal clear on those priorities, be realistic of what can be done in one day and be realistic on how long things will actually take so you can plan and slash your daily to do list accordingly. It will empower you to say NO more often and very importantly you will be kinder to yourself when things slip into the next day.

80:20 rule – the reality is that 80% of your results will come from 20% of your to do list so be clear on what that 20% is (Paretos Principle). Work out exactly where you should be focusing your attention delegate, defer or dump from the to do list everything else. You can download my action priority matrix FREE tool here to help.

Remember you can manage your attention not your time – Time will never change it’s fixed at 24 hours but how you use your time is in your control. Limit distractions – it’s not just email and social media, but consider your environment and the people around you. Take steps to stop interruptions and any ‘fear of missing out’ compulsions by being disciplined and set personal boundaries and rules.

Take breaks – Be honest with yourself – If you work non-stop for 8-10 hours grabbing  coffees here and there, indulging on biscuits for energy and running for a grab and go lunch at 4pm which you eat at your desk, will you really be powering on all cylinders for all that time? Nope. Refreshing your attention span is imperative if you want to achieve optimum performance and get more done in a day. Schedule regular breaks – they don’t have to be long but long enough to rest your brain, your eyes and to enable you to avoid unproductive slumps. Don’t forget a proper pause and healthier lunch (refuel your mind and body!). The reality is you will get more done at a better standard if you stop now and then throughout the day.

Don’t forget you are in control of how you spend your time and no one else. This means you are in control if your overwhelm. So lead yourself to success every day through strategies such as those above and you will be more effective, productive and happier and will be able to stop overwhelm in its tracks.

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Action Made Easy

A lot of what I do is focused on helping people work out how they can take the action they need to advance in their career, to grow their business, to be a more confident person or a more productive worker.

Simple fact – Action is imperative if we want to achieve anything. You can think, dissect, explore, plan, dream, believe but without an action step nothing can grow, change or be created.

To admit to procrastinating, to find the self-doubt or the block which is stopping movement can release the action taker in you and is what makes the successful person over the water treader.

Action doesn’t have to be all singing dancing, big jumps and throwing yourself into the unknown and the uncertain without any fear or hesitation. Small steps are just as powerful as big.

So here are some top tips for a Monday to help action be that little easier this week and help you lead yourself to success;

Set a goal – To be an action person you need to be clear on where you want to get to, an end result to drive yourself towards. Clarity on the goal, it’s time span and knowing how you will recognise you have hit the destination point will give you confidence.

Visualise – If you have that goal in mind spend time each day visualising it to see it, feel it and immerse yourself within it. Research shows the more we can visualise our end-result the more we can manifest its creation.

Chunk it down – I find things look less scary when they are chunked down. It also can be a wake up call as to how much needs to be done which can be the kick to get started! Work with the end in mind and then break the path into small manageable chunks. Small steps are just as impactful as big steps but easier to mentally manage and limit overwhelm.

Stop over analysing – stop thinking and stop researching as if you must have all the answers immediately. Analysis is great but it can continue along the way. Start and then review throughout to keep track of your progress and your learnings to feed further action.

Be gone perfection – Seeking perfection stops action.  A wise person tells me a lot that ‘you and whatever you are working towards are a work in progress’. It helps beat my perfection bug and reminds me there will always be mistakes, hiccups and hurdles to climb, but if we can view these as necessary learnings and our personal growth we can break down the need to criticise our imperfection.

Eliminate self-doubt – With self -talk and affirmations to help boost your positivity levels and build confidence you can attract the self-leadership mindset to power you forward and put self doubt out of your mind. Start each day with your personal words of wisdom to your-self to fill your head with positivity, kindness, compassion and be self motivating.

Reward yourself – If you were trying to encourage someone else chances are you would be incentivising them in some way. So, give yourself an incentive with a promise of a reward for taking action. Big or small it will create motivation and keep you going.

Energise yourself  – Where do you find your enegry? Perhaps take a walk, a run or spend time with a good friend. Find your energy boosting way to raise serotonin levels, get more oxygen running through your blood and simply put you in the right emotional and physical state to take action.

Believe in you – Remind yourself of how special you are, your value and what you can offer to everyone along the way to the goal. Don’t hide and rob the world of your talent!

Get yourself a coach – Action takers seek support. Accountability, guidance and a way of unearthing new perspectives, the blocks and your solutions  will move you forward quickly and effectively.

Engage the leader within and you will take steps to move yourself closer from where you are today and where you want to be in the future.

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Are your beliefs holding you back?

The day I realised my beliefs were holding me back was the day I stopped treading water in my life and my career. It was the moment I discovered how much potential I was failing to fulfil, how my effectiveness was being limited and when I finally understood what my true vision of success looked like.

Believe is such a great word, it is magical and mystical, it is strong yet soft, it is sparkly yet sturdy.

Our beliefs are what define us, they are our blueprint on how we look upon the world around us. They lead our thinking, our decisions and therefore our behaviour. They are unique to us, personal reflections of the experiences we have had in life, the conversations, the people we have been surrounded by and influenced by. They live in our subconscious and without much consideration they come and lead us confidently. Self-worth, Self-esteem and confidence are rooted in beliefs. Beliefs determine what we see as fact no matter whether we have evidence to support them or not. Our beliefs can push us forward into the unknown, allow us to take risk, fuel our determination, our perseverance and lead us to our desires of success.

Beliefs are powerful and amazing. But only when they are empowering.

Mixed within our bank of beliefs are a lot of unfiltered beliefs which we have picked up along our life experience which we hold to be true but which actually when we start to take time to assess them don’t reflect who we are, what we stand for and what we value at work and in life. These beliefs can hold us back without us giving it a second thought. They cause hesitation, can stop us in our tracks, create internal mind fireworks of panic and anxiety. They feed the inner critic. They can paint a picture of doom and gloom. They can lead us down the wrong path, prevent us from taking risks and keep us stuck in situations which are not healthy to us or the people around us. They influence our behaviour styles and strategies. They can limit our curiosity and our ability to think out of the box. They can limit our effectiveness, drive procrastination and kill our self-confidence and self-esteem.

Yes, beliefs are powerful and amazing but can also be limiting and mostly without us knowing it.

My personal experience and awakening to the power of beliefs was linked to my frustration and unhappiness with my career a few years back. I was out of love with the work I was doing and working in a business I was unaligned with in terms of my values and priorities, all because of my beliefs. For example,

I believed I would not be able to find another job which would give me flexible working or pay me as well

I believed I was stuck in a particular industry and it was too late to change career path

I believed it was just the way it was and you had to lump it when your values are not being met at work

I believed change was too hard and complicated

I believed success came before happiness

I believed other people were to blame

I believed the vision of success I had was just a dream

I didn’t truly believe in my abilities

When I finally woke up to these limiting beliefs, when I pulled them from my subconscious and took time to challenge them, to look for evidence to support them and understand their roots, I started to see new perspectives. I was able to push through fear and climb over hurdles and make the changes that my heart and mind truly desired.

I became more effective in decision making, in leading others as well as myself, my day to day performance improved. I became happier and more balanced. I became more confident in myself and my abilities.

Beliefs are magical, powerful and empowering when they work for you not againstyou and my eureka moment around beliefs was my catalyst into the world of coaching. I want to help others who like me are limiting themselves in finding true success and the ability to maximise their potential because of their beliefs. Through coaching I now help people master their beliefs and their mindset and empower them to lead themselves effectively every day in their career and businesses.

I say it is like blowing on a dandelion – with each breath you send off into the wind the things which have been holding you back until you are left with your core.

So, how well do you understand your beliefs and how could they be holding you back in performance effectiveness and personal success?

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Managing the whispering critical voice

I’m running a workshop this week at an authors conference which will shine a light on the part our inner critic and beliefs play in building and knocking our confidence.

Many are seeking support on the imposter within and a constant fear of failure. Many are living in the shadows of an internal critic whispering words judgement, criticism and doubt which forces them to focus on perfection, to keep researching rather than creating, to keep them safe instead of stepping outside of their comfort zone and are focusing to quickly on the idea of failure rather than all the positive moments of success.

If this resonates, here are 4 tips to help you manage the whispering critic.

1. Remind yourself – the negative whispers you hear are a point of view & not fact.

2. Eliminate a belief for perfection – use personal rules & ambitions as your guide not as the holy grail.

3. With every negative word you hear there will be an empowering belief which will help challenge your negative thought. Remind yourself of your achievements, successes, positive feedback and self-worth and use intentional self-talk to confront the whispering critic within.

4. Get to know your whispering critic – name it & visualise it – this will enable you to separate it from your inner wisdom voice and to spot it quickly so that you don’t follow it unconsciously.

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What can we learn from our holidays to maximise our performance?

Summer holidays are wonderful times to reflect, reframe, refocus and re-energise in order to be our best performing self for the rest of the year and onwards.

Here are 10 performance boosting lessons which I think are great take-aways from holiday time-out;

Dipping your toe in causes hesitation

Have you ever noticed that you or those around you have a little habit of dipping a toe in the pool water before you get  in? Just like with our projects, conversations, new ventures etc. if we just dip our toes in it’s a great start but it gives way to hesitation and can even send us in to retreat. Now, treading carefully is good, caution does no harm, but we all know that when we eventually get into those cold swimming pools we suddenly find it’s not as bad as we thought. In fact it’s actually much warmer and quite comfortable once we get submerged!

Lesson one – Keep going and push through any hesitation no matter how cold things feel initially when you start. Lead yourself to push through the fear and you’ll eventually feel more comfortable.

Try before you say you don’t like something

These words have been on repeat all holiday to my children. Introducing them to foreign tastes, new activities such as kayaking and persuading them to visit yet another castle has often been met with ‘but I don’t like it’ or ‘I won’t like it’. It’s not just children who jump to these responses. All too often we all get caught out by our limiting beliefs and existing habits which stop us from trying new things. We put up barriers. But with every bite of a new French cheese and now memories of cruising along the river with a smile, my children (and me ‘I hate water!)’ have broken down our barriers and built confidence in things we thought we couldn’t do and didn’t like.

Lesson two – If you don’t try you’ll never expand your repertoire and build your confidence.  Fear does not go away until you lead yourself to give something a go.

Mindfulness not mindlessness

Whether you are on an action packed adventure holiday or just crashing by a pool there will be moments during any holiday when you feel peace, calm and tranquillity and started to ‘breathe’ properly. As we release tension on our holidays we often adopt the art of mindfulness without realising it. We zone out, focus on the moment and find our mind and body nourished by the benefit of physically and mentally slowing down.

Lesson three – Silence, breathing and space will help release tension and slow us down, allowing us to lead ourselves to mindfully tread through the week ahead rather than mindlessly.

Even the slightest change cannot be underestimated

No matter the size of change it can cause mayhem with our emotions and our mind. We had to move between gites during our 2-week French escape and when it happened there was a noticeable shift in our emotions.  We felt out of sorts, phased and unsettled.  We were still in the same vineyard, still had the same pool and were only opposite the original gite. Yes we had new neighbours as well as a new place to rest our heads, but this change although only slight, meant we’d lost our routine, our bearings and our rhythm. Our emotions went into override – Anxiety – was this place going to be as comfortable as the other gite?, frustration – why didn’t we just push for staying where we were when we booked? and sadness – at the loss of something we’d started to feel at home in.

Lesson four – Even the smallest change can have negative impact. Planning, acknowledging feelings and engaging the leader within to self-correct the negative thoughts with positive thoughts, are some key things to remember when managing even the slightest change.

Be curious – turn off the sat nav and the smart phone whenever you can

We have become very reliant on technology and it’s impacting on how adventurous and how much we experience for ourselves.  On holidays sat navs and smartphones but they are another way we quash our ability to just go with the flow and be curious. Being led to the right place and in the quickest time is is great but what could we be missing?  What’s more, when we get to our destination we’ve already immersed ourselves through reviews and websites that we don’t allow ourselves the luxury of exploring for ourselves and experiencing the unknown. Not being able to step away being led by technology allows others to lead us and who is to say their route or their opinion is the right one for you? Yes, you may get lost or take a little longer to get to your final destination but along the way you will grow and feel richer.

Lesson five: Curiosity is a key foundation for great leadership, for idea generation, for team work and for personal effectiveness. The more we can encourage and release our curious nature the greater our personal growth and ultimate successes.

Happiness is healthy

Vacation time makes us happy. With every laugh, giggle and burst of adrenalin we boost our happiness levels. Being happy has been scientifically proven to improve the health of our heart, lower our blood pressure and boost our immune system. Throughout holidays we create constant happiness by doing more of the things we love, spending time with the people we want and experiencing more of what we enjoy. We don’t accept boredom and misery when on holiday. During holidays we always seek out ways to correct the mundane, we look for ways to avoid repeating poor experiences and we prioritise our happiness.

Lesson six – Don’t limit happiness to holidays and lead yourself to make it a key component, a personal success criteria and uncompromising part of every day.

You are nicer when you are on holiday!

It starts to come with the sun, through the enjoyment of great food and therelaxing atmosphere but mostly it comes from the release of tension and the elimination of our stress and pressure. Simply put we’re all better people to be around when we are on our holidays! We’re better company because we smile more, we ooze more positivity, we snap less, we talk about more interesting things, we’re more approachable, we have more patience and acceptance and we find less fault in others. Being nicer results in positive wellbeing and energises us. It has a ripple effect too.

Lesson seven – Leading ourselves to manage stress and pressure more effectively is not just important for our health and our output, but also for our social connections and interactions.

Remember why you go to work everyday

Holidays are a reward for hard work and effort.  Time off, whether big or small, is a welcome reminder of the life we are working to create and working hard to enjoy.  It’s also the time when we often suddenly find a light shining on an imbalance and we realise that we don’t enjoy enough of our life and the energy which that brings.

Lesson eight – Don’t just promise yourself to find greater work life balance after your holiday but actively inspire and influence yourself to achieve greater balance for greater energy, focus and daily reward.

We need R&R – no compromise

This year’s holiday for me has been pottering around French towns with the odd  burst of activeness. This is a total comparison to last year which was a non- stop roller coaster 2 weeks of Florida adventures and mayhem. But both holidays resulted in one key thing – rest, relaxation and greater energy. Switching off and engaging in new activities, new surroundings, being with friends and family, no matter how busy you are whilst doing it, will leave you in an amazing effective and inspired state to be your best when you return to work.

Lesson nine – Don’t leave ‘Rest & Relaxation’ to holidays – lead yourself to build more self-care and time out into every week of the year. Ensure you can unplug and re-energise more often.

The world of work survives without us!

It’s not just because you left fantastic hand over notes, had projects at a great point or no issues arose whilst you were away. The fact is that our work can survive and keep ticking when we take time out. That doesn’t make us dispensable or that we’ve put unnecessary pressure on others, it’s simply a fact of life and example of how resourceful and effective others are at managing our absence when they have to.

Lesson ten. Accept the world of work still turns effectively without you and don’t let fear of absence prevent you from enjoying and planning down time.

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What would happen if you started to take action for 2018 now?

A promotion? working smarter? reduced overwhelm? decisions made? better relationships? greater impact? improved performance? balance and happiness? or something else?

Summer is a great time for reflection and to plan career and performance development. Time away from the office, warmth, energy, good times and space to think and talk things through deliver a great foundation for laying plans for what needs to change and improve.

As you lie on a beach, explore new countries or simply take time out to do very little, often the desire for a promotion or a new job becomes stronger. You admit that you could work smarter. You start to focus on a need to find more balance and happiness in your working life, or to form better relationships, create greater impact, improve leadership skills and generally improved performance in specific areas.

So, what would happen if you decided to take action for 2018 now?  Started to properly think and make changes to who you need to be, how you perform, what you want and where you want to be in 2018.

It’s my mission as a performance coach to help people maximise their potential and to act on the signs, the thoughts and the feelings that will help them achieve more professionally. I’m on boarding new clients to start September to do just that with my Performance Accelerator Coaching course.

Performance Accelerator Coaching Course

14 weeks 1:1 coaching for professionals looking to close the gap between where they are right now and where they want to be by the start of 2018.  With this course I can help you maximise the effect of summer reflection and ensure you take action on your ideas, desires for performance improvements and can accelerate your career to the next level.

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Don’t just think act.Believe that you can achieve more and engage the leader within to help you lead yourself to success now not later.

Overwhelm, a shower and the leader within

Bare with me if you think this sounds like a bit of an odd post. I have been working really well recently. Feeling effective, motivated and full of positivity, with ideas a plenty and action to match the thinking. You know that feeling when everything seems to be clicking into place on something you have been debating or working towards.  When you actually have space and time to focus, and find it relatively easy to push yourself out of your comfort zone.

And then it happens.

With a bang enters the curveball, a new perspective and a challenge which brings with it the potential for chaos and overwhelm. The brain goes into overdrive and suddenly the space and focus you had is filled with noise and confused thinking. Positivity is replaced by anxiety. Action starts to slow or stops completely. Procrastination kicks in.

For me, my curveball was an email early last week which posed a question which then played on my mind for a few days. Then yesterday someone else gave me some insight which challenges my ideas.

The thing is, when you are thinking and working on something so much it is bound to happen. If you are so positive and comfortable with something you will talk about it more openly and therefore you invite feedback. And with any uncertainty there will always be fear lurking, with your gremlin ready to strike and fill the mind with doubt.  Curveballs are expected and it’s how you can manage yourself through a period of unsettled thinking and avoid overwhelm which demonstrates your true effectiveness and potential. You have to engage the leader within.

It’s not simple, but it is easier with a Self-leadership mindset and a tool box of strategies which enable you to quickly and effectively regroup and move forward. To manage the overwhelm and the gremlin when you notice it showing up.

One of my personal and favourite strategies is the shower – yep we got there. It may sound silly as a strategy and may not necessarily be your solution. But that’s the thing about Self-leadership strategies, they are personal and come from your own insight and self awareness. For me more often or not it’s when I’m in the shower that things get back into perspective. It’s where suddenly my leader from within starts to coach me effectively, calm me and help clear the mind of fog, negativity and overwhelm. I’m not sure why – perhaps it’s the soothing nature of the water, the closed off sensation from the world, the lack of interruption or even just breaking from one task to another.

Self leadership strategies comes in many forms and quirks when you understand yourself. Now let me say I don’t get stuck and then just jump in the shower don’t get me wrong. There is a time and place for every strategy! The point I’m making in this post, is that the key to ensuring you keep overwhelm at bay is  a good level of strong self awareness. Then with this insight you can  manage your thinking and your actions to ensure you maintain performance effectiveness as your own leader.

The power of ‘Engaging your leader within’ can transform your performance and effectiveness and will ensure overwhelm remains in hand.

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