Essential Actions to Change and Shatter Old Patterns

What do you need to change? If you could change one element of your personal leadership or business, what would it be?

Having the privilege of meeting with Laura was something I had been looking forward to for days. She is a seasoned and successful marketing professional who built her career at Nordstrom. She is an innovator, a creative thinker with a proven-track record of success. Now I was going to pick her brain to give me a couple of marketing nuggets!

I brought some of my marketing pieces for my leadership business. Nice stuff. Needless to say, however, she stopped me in my tracks… “Steve, when did you create this?” I stammered and stumbled… I couldn’t quite remember. Finally, I responded “A couple of years ago I guess...”

Laura: “Hmm. Why don’t we start with something fresh? Something authentic to what you feel now regarding leadership and the changing business culture?”

A lot has happened in the last 24 months. Laura was right!

A leader must embrace the changing times by stepping up and being willing to change, to stay current, to stay relevant, and to stay on top of the game! Therefore, I've decided to share the overall suggestions here with you…

Five Actions to Personal Change that Shatter Old Patterns

1. PLAY ON THE HIGH-WIRE:

It is easy to cling to old patterns, to avoid risk and to pull out what has always worked in the past. I love that one quote “Become brilliant at becoming unpredictable.” Rather than giving power to your fears, give power to some fresh new ideas and take risks!

2. GET ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT CHANGE:

Leaders see change as an opportunity for personal growth and business growth. Their optimism overrides their loss of yesterday. Plus, they get around other super-charged people who view change as an exciting journey into the future. Remember, the future is now!

3. TURN POST TRAUMATIC STRESS INSIDE OUT!

Though we have not come home from war with serious Post Traumatic Stress, a lot of us have struggled with fears and a weakening confidence as of late. Renewed strength and courage comes with each new step and each new action. Soon the very stress that froze us in our path turns inside-out with new ideas and new game-changing tactics.

4. SET FIVE NEW GOALS:

Nothing accelerates new good change like well-defined and written goals. I challenge you to write down five new goals for your leadership and business today!

5. KEEP FAITH IN THE END OF THEIR STORY:

One of my mentors had a heart transplant several years ago. He told me that the key to his recovery was to keep faith in the end of his story. He still had dreams to accomplish and memories to build with his children. His “second half” became his most impactful and most influential times of his life. He kept the faith!

Finally: What is one area in your life or business that you could change to position yourself for greater success and significance?

I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Here is to becoming a better leader!

-Steve Gutzler

For information on keynote presentations, team workshops, and one on one coaching, contact Steve at: steve@stevegutzler.com or call: (425) 681-9871