“WHAT YOU ARE THINKING IS WHAT YOU ARE BECOMING.”
– Muhammed Ali, Three-Time World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
For this reason, I know that having a plan of action is critical.
That starts with a PURPOSE – A reasoning for what you want to accomplish, your true existence.
Followed by a VISION – What are my capabilities and those of the team I lead? What is the final objective and goal and what will guide our journey?
What are my VALUES – What are the right things to do that evoke the high standards and integrity that define my character?
Define the STRATEGY – A clear and concise plan of action that defines the path toward the established vision.
Establish the GOALS – The milestones that will mark our progress. They will be S.M.A.R.T. goals:
For this plan of action to be effective and successful, you must:
- Communicate often
- Communicate clearly
- Communicate efficiently
ALL WHO HAVE A ROLE MUST HAVE COMPLETE BUY-IN.
We never stop learning, but at the same time, we should always hold tight to the lessons that provided us with the most gain. We all have mentors around us; the challenge is to identify them, communicate with them and listen. The key word there – LISTEN. Be humble, vulnerable and willing to ask questions. Apply their lessons and if you fail, fail forward.
Once you have succeeded, the privilege falls upon you to make the same investment in somebody else to elicit greatness out of them. Mentorship is a pay if forward process. It is the key to ensuring our future leaders have the skills necessary to make an impact.
For me, it was the sacrifice and willingness of those coaches in my life who contributed in establishing the foundation to my success, confidence and gratitude to pay it forward, and for that, I will forever be grateful.