As mentioned in the previous Blog post in this Series, expectations are higher than ever, especially when you are a leader, and everyone feels that they do not have enough time to do the things that make them truly effective.
In this Blog series, I will outline the 4 steps you can take to reverse this feeling and provide you with the opportunity to become a highly effective leader in less than 10 minutes a day.
If you have missed the previous Blog post in this Series, you can access it here
Step 2: Define & Check Your Aspirations
Define Your Aspirations
I always ask people: "what are you passionate about?" and the answers I receive are hardly ever: "doing the job I am doing today." Once in a while I do get an answer from people who say "exactly what I am doing day in, day out" and I always congratulate them as I know they are the lucky few who do. Only until recently, I was able to count myself into this group but it has taken me a long time to get there.
Coming back to the majority of the answers I receive, again, I ask myself the question: "why do people continue to do the things that they do not really want to do or are truly motivated of making the most out of the situation they are in?"
More often than not, it is because they cannot see a viable alternative or are not willing or ready to make a change. Making a positive change in your life can be scary, but what if I told you that we can take away the fear and guide you through the various steps you can take to make this happen?
Would this move you to take the necessary steps in order to create this positive change in your life? Would you at least consider what it would be like to be a highly effective leader for those around you, both at work and at home?
If so, here is the next thing I would like you to do.
Now that you have evaluated your current situation and you have decided to become a highly effective leader, it is time to define your own, personal aspirations.
It is important that you define your aspirations in line with what you really want to be doing for the rest of your life, something that really motivates you and provides you with the potential to be truly happy and fulfilled.
This can range from "becoming more proficient at the job I am doing today", "becoming a leader in the organisation I work for in order to increase the value I add to the company through the work and guidance of others", "starting my own company so that I can make a real difference in people's lives", or "being a professional soccer player so that I can be rich and famous".
Whatever your core aspirations are, ensure that when you say it out loud, you can visualise having accomplished this already. How does it make you feel? How does your life look like? Are you willing to work hard in order to achieve these aspirations?
Check Your Aspirations
Now that you have defined what it is that you would like to achieve, it is time to do a reality check to ensure that your aspirations can provide significant value to yourself and others.
The reason we do this is to ensure that whatever it is that you truly want to accomplish will move you to action!
If you believe that your aspirations are just aspirations and not really worth pursuing, you will be stuck with the life you currently live, being the person or manager you are today. If your aspirations are aligned with what will make you truly happy and fulfilled, you will find a way to accomplish your aspirations.
In line with this, if achieving your aspirations can provide you with the life you want and would provide you with the happiness and fulfilment you are looking for, while, at the same time, will provide you with the opportunity to become the leader you truly want to be, you should consider pursuing your aspirations wholeheartedly.
If you are able to identify yourself with this, by the end of the exercise, you should have a much clearer picture of how your aspirations can lead you to become a highly effective leader and at the same time, provide you with the life you want to have, a life of happiness and fulfilment.
The secret to these steps is not to overthink it. Go through the motions and write down the things which come up while you are thinking about it. As mentioned in the title of this Blog series, going through each of these steps should not take you more than 10 minutes a day.
The next step in becoming a highly effective leader is to find the time to take the actions necessary to achieve your aspirations. In the next post of this blog series, I will provide you with a number of ways in which you can find the time you need to make this happen.