When Nike says Just do it that becomes a potently powerful message. The question is why doesn’t it empower more of us to become greater than? Here are 8 steps one can take to do just that.
1. Deal with what is. Think about it: when was the last time you were able to change the past? It doesn’t matter what should have happened—it matters what is. That saves you the trouble of figuring out who’s to blame or worrying about how things “coulda woulda shoulda” been if only something had gone differently. It didn’t—and that makes your choice a cinch: “How do I want to react to the situation that is?”
2. Self-empowerment. There is only one kind of empowerment, and that is self-empowerment. Unlike granting authority, empowerment comes from within. By empowering yourself, you take the actions—and the risks—to achieve a result and get what you want. Rather than waiting for someone to declare you empowered or give you that one lucky break, you step outside your comfort zone, make things happen, and answer for the outcomes.
3. Manage expectations. The most direct route to self-empowerment is to be clear about expectations—not only what you expect, but also what’s expected of you. To do that, you need to ask questions, make agreements, and clarify everything in writing. Otherwise, you risk suffering the source of all upset: missed expectations.
4. Take back your time. “No” is an empowering word. So every time you utter, “I can’t say no,” ask yourself if you can’t—or if you’re unwilling to.
5. Sing your own praises. It’s an all-too-common workplace mantra: “One day they’ll notice how much I do around here and give me the recognition I deserve.”
6. Personal accountability. Unlike responsibility (the “before”) and self-empowerment (the “during”), personal accountability is the “after”. It’s a willingness to answer for the outcomes of your choices, actions, and behaviors.
7. Tell the truth.
8. Police yourself. Are you accountable for your actions even if nobody holds you accountable—or nobody catches you? […]
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Jim Woods is president of InnoThink Group and Leadership Matters. He has consulted and coached firms for more than 25 years. InnoThink Group is a global management consulting firm that works with leaders to transform strategy into reality. To arrange for Jim to come to your organization and help you develop talent, organize people to be more effective and motivate them to perform at their best select this link. Our focus is on making change happen and helping people and organizations realize their potential.
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