Part 2 of 2
Expanding paradigms and setting meaningful goals
Many people live in their own limited mental cages and are often caught in the prison of their negative habits and attitudes. They have either locked themselves in or have allowed their friends, families, or associates to do it for them.
The barriers of fear, embarrassment, tradition, social pressure, bad habits, playing it safe, keep them in this cage.
The tragedy of this type of cage is that it is portable. You take it wherever you go.
You can change jobs, relocate, or get promoted, and still be trapped in your own cage. You are locked in until you examine each of the barriers one by one and remove them.
A good place to start is to make a list of skills and abilities that you would like to have as an individual and business manager or goals that you would like to accomplish, but which are now outside your beliefs. In making the list examine if you have allowed negative thoughts to limit your vision. Define the paradigms that hold you back from accomplishing the things that you listed.
Look at the company that you manage and force yourself to expand its success horizons. Envision what you and others in your company need to do to achieve unprecedented success and become a market leader.
Visionary leaders break the paradigm barriers and overreach in their objectives and goals. They forcefully motivate others to see their vision and follow through on what it takes to get there.
A) Reflect on past successes
List several historical successes that you have achieved in your business and as an individual. Realize that, at first, they may have seemed beyond your comfort zone, but now cause you to feel better about yourself when you think about them. Then, list the inner strengths that you developed as a result of these successes.
In your visionary thinking, build on these strengths and make other people in the organization see them.
B) Use creative possibility thinking
When you focus on possibility you place the accent on positive outcomes. Paradigm shifts are based on reaching for possibilities beyond what is seen as the current norm. Look for answers in new sources of information. The Internet is rich in expanding your horizons. See what the industry leaders are doing and where they are going. Establish relationships and networks beyond the walls of your company that can stimulate progressive ideas.
Turn your obstacles into opportunities. The visionary leaders differ only in how they think and act. The ordinary manager sees barriers, not opportunities, while the visionary one sees opportunities in the obstacles. This by no means excludes the practice of good fundamental principles in business management, but it adds that necessary dimension that will help you to achieve the extraordinary.
C) Associate with visionary leaders
Associating with successful leaders in business is a good way to influence your own range of possibilities. Let them inspire you to reach beyond the security blanket that has kept you back from achieving new levels of performance.
It will stimulate you to organically gravitate to their level. By associating with winners, you give yourself a better chance to become a winner yourself. Follow the individuals that are moving beyond the established norms and making things happen in their industry.
Find a way to befriend them, either from your present circle of business acquaintances or by joining clubs and associations that cater to them.
Whatever your current mental paradigms or belief systems are, recognize that they control your actions, feelings, behavior, and abilities. If your company is going to reach new levels of success, you, as the visionary leader, must firmly start to believe that it is possible.
Remove the negative attitudes that restrict your company from achieving more visionary goals and objectives. Help your key managers to break out of their own mental cages by showing them the way through your own transformational thinking and follow up actions.
Step over that invisible line that holds you back.
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