10 Tips on how to develop your courage and resilience

10 Tips on how you can work to develop your courage and resilience, whether you are in a reactive or proactive situation Now you may not realise that courage and resilience CAN actually be developed so you can be even more courageous and resilient than you already are……. As part of our leadership development of business owners we use the Farsight Leadership assessment tool created in conjunction with Manchester Business School to identify leadership strengths and development areas. Courage and resilience are actually leadership “Drivers”.  Now all you need to understand here is that by developing your courage and resilience it will increase your ability to do all of the 9 vital leadership competencies you need to display to be successful as the leader of your own business.  Competencies like ‘Decision Making’, ‘Vision’, ‘influence’, ‘engagement’ and ‘collaboration’ (to name some of them) are all influenced by your level of courage and resilience, which ultimately all significantly impact on the results you get.  So it really is worthwhile to focus some effort in doing so. So, what are the 10 tips? Make sure you have clarity of your purpose and know what you want in your life, business and in specific tasks/scenarios.  When you are “on purpose” you will be in the best place to demonstrate courage and resilience as and when needed, never mind have greater motivation, commitment, discipline, focus, energy and perseverance. Hold positive expectations – you will get what you expect, not what you want or deserve! Remember the examples you wrote in the last blog of courage and resilience (click here if you haven’t already read this) of when you...

3 MAJOR Causes of Procrastination around Business Development Activity

Ultimately if you want to develop and grow your business it requires a consistent chipping away at the right activity each and every day to get anywhere and procrastination is one big fat problem that gets in the way of what you want.  This could be out and out procrastination where little is being done at all, or it can be busy procrastination, filling time with lots of stuff but not the stuff necessary to move forward.  So why do it?  What stops you from doing what you know you should be doing? The first MAJOR cause of procrastination around business development activity is: Overwhelm Overwhelmed by the height of the mountain you’ve set yourself to climb, or that you would have to climb to change things Overwhelmed by the demands on you to perform in numerous roles, areas and ways, some of which you may not think you have enough experience or don’t enjoy or want to do Overwhelmed by the multitude of options of paths you can go down, things you could do, supposedly should do, opportunities you would do, then don’t do! Overwhelmed by the risk you’re taking if you don’t succeed and the weight of responsibility on your shoulders Overwhelmed by facing it on your own or with limited support, limited finance, too much work and too little time The list goes on……..Overwhelm paralysis, in fact I’m feeling the effect just from writing it! Underpinning the Overwhelm is the second MAJOR Cause of procrastination: Fear and indecision as a result of limiting beliefs It’s not easy to admit fear yet fear is something that you experience every time...

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