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Everyone has a default mode.
For some it’s just about getting the task done, with little regard for trying to improve.
For others, it’s ripping into people when performance is lacking.
Some people listen to online learning about new processes or products, then go back to playing the same 1-string guitar of their sale pitch. (You see much of this on social media today).
Some binge watch or binge eat. Others just shut down when the pressure’s on.
Our default modes typically hinder us, prevent us from growing, hamper us from moving the needle.
Default modes are our comfort zones. And our comfort zones never make anything better. That includes us as individuals.
Our challenge is today is to be self-aware and break out of our default mode.
Know the meta of your modus operandi, and determine to do differently in a way that stretches you and makes the most impact.
Purpose to reset your default mode to one that challenges you to grow and impact your sphere of influence.
My response on Quora to the question:
I’ve seen a lot of leaders and overwhelmingly they all have these following traits in common:
A leader who is visionary is not only someone who can see the future, they are also someone who can project that future to others. They’re able to get things people thinking and dreaming of the possibilities before them and how to cast that vision out so that their people will be inspired to go after that vision.
Inspiring leader ship also needs to be positive. Even in the midst of challenges that no doubt will happen positive leaders are the ones that help people rise to the occasion and persevere. Their hopefulness becomes infectious to others and a group of people who are for the most part positive will always rise above a more talented team that are pessimistic in their culture.
A leader who is not self-aware will not inspire others to make sacrifices or overcome obstacles, especially as they create a toxic environment. If a leader is not aware of how they create fear or are not positive and they don’t take the steps to correct these, then they will cease to be an inspiration and lead their team effectively.
Projects that cascade down.
Texts and calls.
Other peoples urgencies overriding yours.
You’re busy and just trying to keep up in a daily survival to accomplish the most basic of tasks. No time to get anything else done.
But did you take any time to learn anything?
Did you learn to think for 2 minutes while driving about how you could have handled a situation better? Take the time to be more self-aware about how you come across?
Do you find time while travelling by plane, car, rideshare to listen to a short podcast, read a quick few pages, peruse an industry article?
Take 120 seconds to let your brain rest before charging into the next meeting? Breathe and feel your energy and calmness restored? Learn that a quick recharge is beneficial to your body and well being?
Can you watch others interact and learn how to better engage others? Or hear what they’re talking about and notice trends in the market or workplace?
The opportunity to learn and be able to bring value to others – and ourselves – is all around us for the taking.
We just need to be aware of it and take just a couple of minutes – not too long – to be attentive to learning and soak it it.
You’ll be amazed at your conversations, your knowledge base and your confidence when you do.