Happy New Year!
Congratulations, you’ve made it through another year!
To start this new year empowered, we have put together a few affirmations for you to improve your leadership journey.
Wondering how leaders welcome the New Year?
1. I love my life, who I was, who I am and who I’m about to become.
2. I believe in myself.
3. I have the ability to succeed.
4. I am worthy of success.
5. I am resilient and self-sufficient.
6. I have a positive mindset and attitude.
7. I release negative self talk and beliefs.
8. I am enough and I accept myself.
9. I respect myself.
10. I am focused on my goals and my personal success.
11. I do my best every day.
12. I am open to learn.
13. I live in the present and look forward to my future.
14. My past will not dictate my future.
15. I can do anything I set my mind to.
16. I am willing to step out of my comfort zone.
17. I see obstacles as challenges and failures as an opportunity to grow.
18. I have the energy to achieve my goals.
19. I possess the knowledge to achieve my goal.
20. I have the confidence to achieve my goals and to stand by my personal choices.
21. I make good use of my time.
22. I am in full control of my life.
23. I don’t have to justify myself to anyone.
24. I am honest with myself.
25. I trust myself and my abilities.
26. I do not need validation from others.
27. I am willing to face my fears.
28. I am grateful for my life and my achievements.
29. New ideas come to me regularly.
30. Abundance flows freely through me.
31. I make sound decisions.
32. I am at peace in my life.
33. My life is abundant and full of joy.
34. Possibilities are endless and I am limitless.
35. I am unafraid of taking risks.
36. I am able to achieve a work-life balance.
37. I am in control of my thoughts and emotions.
38. I am surrounded by people who encourage me to be my best and true self.
39. I am able to foster true connections with others.
40. I live up to my full potential.
41. I express my true and best self.
42. Everything is going according to plan.
43. I create the life of my dreams.
44. I attract the right people and opportunities.
45. Prosperity and wealth flow to and through me.
46. All my problems have a solution.
47. I am living my best life.
48. There is nothing I am not able to overcome.
49. Each and everyday is an opportunity for improvement.
50. I already possess everything I need for success.
Last Words Of Advice!
Affirmations seems simply but are highly effective.
You just have to pick at least one affirmation to repeat each day in front of the mirror or before you take a step outside.
Everyday, thanks to affirmations, you have the ability to become a better version of yourself.
Today is the day you decide to be gey rid of оld hаbіtѕ аnd take up nеw роѕіtіvе оnеѕ.
Hope that I’ve helped you get it together on your way to leadership!
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We create our own reality…
Our reality first starts in our subconscious mind.
1. Upgrade your mindset
Our subconscious mind has accumulated so much information around us from our childhood and has formatted our current system of belief.
No matter how much your conscious mind thinks that it is in control, it’s not. It is your subconscious mind that rule your life and manifest itself in your decisions.
The key is to unblock yourself by fixing your subconscious belief, to set your mind on what you truly want, to start present, quiet the ego, step out your comfort zone, and getting past your fears and the fears of those around you.
2. Work on loving yourself
After upgrading your mindset, the second to creating the life that you want is to love yourself no matter what.
When you truly love yourself, you do not bother people and you do not want to be bothered by nonsense. To fall in love with yourself:
- Understand and appreciate your uniqueness.
- Use words of affirmation and rephrase your negative self-talk.
- Do things you love and put yourself first.
- Avoid comparing yourself to others and always do your best whatever the circumstances.
- Learn to forgive yourself.
- Stop caring about what others think of you.
- Change your habits, try new things and step out your comfort zone.
- Trust your intuition.
3. Set your mind on your goals
Our mind is our most powerful tool.
So much so that what we chose to focus on become our reality.
Therefore, once you have learned to love yourself, to rewire your grain and quiet the mind, it is time to set your mind on what you truly want, attract it and work towards it.
When you start creating your own reality, life will get bad before it gets better!
You Are A Badass: How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness And Start Living An Awesome Life by Jen Sincero is a regular self-help book with known and effective Principles to improve your life and to live the one you want.
Except that Jen Sincero has an upbeat delivery, puts a funny spin to these principles and adds personable examples.
She forces you to look within, to challenge your perception of reality, your circumstances and your role in creating your circumstances.
You Are A Badass: How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness And Start Living An Awesome Life by Jen Sincero promotes life improvement from the inside out and is centered around love.
Let me know below what you think about this book!
You’ll have to believe in things you can’t see as well as some things that you have full-on proof are impossible. You’re gonna have to push past your fears, fail over and over again and make a habit of doing things you’re not so comfy doing. You’re going to have to let go of old, limiting beliefs and cling to your decision to create the life you desire like your life depends on it.
If you want to live a life your never lived, you have to do things you’ve never done.
You are responsible for what you say or do. You are not responsible for whether or not people freak out about it.
What other people think about you has nothing to do with you and everything to do with them.
We’ve made being in fear a habit.
We’re pumped full of it as children, like sugar, then as we grow we continued to take in the bad news on TV and the horror in the papers and the violence in books and films and video games and all this junk that fills us to the brim with fear about the world. We’re taught to play it safe and not take risks, and to caution everyone around us to follow suit.
And it becomes such an accepted part of our social conditioning that we don’t even realize we’re doing it.
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In Leaders Eat Last — Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t, Simon Sinek believes that every single employee is capable of becoming a leader, of being remarkable, of exercising courage and sacrifice, of investing into the company, and of finding fulfillment at work.
The General Role Of The Leader
In addition, Simon Sinek considers humans as hunters, organizations as tribes and leaders as those who put order within the tribe.
In modern days, leaders are perceived as dominant, are the ones that eat first, are the ones who make the most money, who get preferential treatment and most importantly are those who are supposed to protect. Indeed, they have more resources at their disposal and have to use it appropriately to ensure the survival of their tribe.
However, for long-lasting results, to gain the loyalty and respect of their employees, they must not consider their well-being above the well-being of the tribe. They must eat last.
It is the role of leaders of an organization to be courageous, to demonstrate empathy, to lay down the foundation for success, to show employees appreciation and to allow them to take appropriate risks.
The Circle Of Safety
The Circle Of Safety contains all the people of an organization. It is a safe space where employees feel fulfilled at work, don’t dread Monday morning, are willing to advance the company’s purpose.
It is an environment of increased commitment, fulfillment, gratitude and happiness, where employees are more relaxed, thrive, collaborate and work for each other.
In the Circle Of Safety, leaders and employees share the same values, pull their respective loads and are committed to the Circle.
Everyone feels valued by their peers, they know that their colleagues have their backs, they believe that they belong to something greater than themselves, that they can safely drive innovation, share ideas and express themselves freely.
By the same token, employees and leaders must independently weigh their decisions and ponder whether or not their decisions are beneficial to the group. It is wise to remember that working toward individualistic goals will hurt the group.
Leaders In The Circle Of Safety
Besides, leaders are the gatekeepers of the Circle. They set the standards, they decide who gets in and who stays at the door.
To create safety, leaders have to meet certain conditions and build a soothing company culture. Company culture in modern days is unnatural because they go against all natural needs, instincts, rights for safety and fulfillment.
If leaders want to create a Circle Of Safety, to establish an innovative, stable, robust, lasting, successful company, they must:
- Understand that employees are not a means to an end and shouldn’t be exploited.
- Increase employee cohesion and inclusion. They must no longer fear each other but must be willing to fight external challenges together. Moreover, there is power in numbers: when challenges arise, employees in the Circle Of Safety must put all their differences aside to reach a common goal.
- Avoid placing money above people but place people above everything else.
- Remember that they are the models for the organization. Therefore, they must define a clear set of values and beliefs for themselves and for their employees.
- Inject empathy into the workplace culture and treat everyone fairly. This will make both employees and leaders more human, and make work more enjoyable.
- Extend trust to earn trust. Trust also lies in the fact that leaders know when to follow the rules and when to break them in order to guarantee the safety of their employees.
- Help people solve problems. They will in turn, help each other.
- Listen to their employees.
- Protect their employees internal conflicts and promote collaboration.
The Feasibility Of The Circle Of Safety
Making people feel safe, putting their well-being first is idealistic but impractical.
On one hand, people work out of necessity, are willing to stay in a job that they hate to provide for themselves and for their loved ones. They don’t want to selflessly commit to and invest themselves into the company. They are reluctant to put forth the time and effort because they are not in control and might not receive the proper rewards.
On the other hand, it is quasi difficult to find organizations that genuinely care for their employees safety and well-being. Most of them tend to care more about reaching numbers and are willing to sacrifice people to get there.
The truth is most companies and leaders display poor character and induce a stressful and fearful culture. Employee disengagement, high employee turnover and health problems ensue.
Abundance and Abstraction
Finally, when leaders have everything in abundance, which is often the case today, they lose the real value of things.
As a consequence, the more their companies grow, the more they are out of touch with their employees and their consumers, the less they empathize with them. To solve this abstraction, leaders should:
- Get to know their employees personally. Investing time and energy in them will transpire as appreciation.
- Continually spread ideas, find people, connect with them, build real human relationships and bring them together.
- Expand their company to 150 employees at most in order to remember everyone and to keep strong relationships.
- Observe the real impact and results of their time and effort, alongside their employees’. This will consequently increase everybody’s quality of work.
- Give people the time needed to trust, to find their way and place with the Circle Of Safety.
The Influence Of The Company Culture
The culture severely impacts the survival of the company. When there are no values, no principles, no particular beliefs, when the culture is based on numbers, reports and performance, the company is doomed to fail.
Moreover, leaders with poor character fabricate a bad culture that in turn breeds bad leaders. This is why, leaders are required to:
- Rely on integrity and trust, spend time with the people they serve and shift their focus to the latter.
- Find someone to lean on and to help them through hardships.
- Discover their life purpose.
- Work hard for what they have in order to value it.
- Hold on to their responsibilities.
Simon Sinek, in Leaders Eat Last — Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t, provides an innovative leadership strategy to build a successful organization, to increase employee engagement and fulfillment.
After Start With Why — How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action, Leaders Eat Last is intended for millennials and promotes leadership excellence. To develop a successful organization, Simon Sinek encourages us to discover the reasons why we do what we do, to understand people and their needs, to go beyond having good competencies and good managerial skills.
In this great book, Sinek places people at the forefront of the company and demonstrates that building a company from the ground up takes on a whole new sense. He believes that leaders have to take care of the well-being of their employees first and their employees will take care of the rest.
Besides, he doesn’t claim to be an idealist, to believe that all workers love their jobs and that all leaders treat their employees well. He understands that most people work out of necessity.
Lastly, he analyzes our biological needs and transposes them to the modern working world. Our natural needs are powerful forces that we cannot control.
In our modern world, advancing our careers and trying to find happiness and fulfillment are the definition of success. But the systems inside us that guide our behavior and decisions still function as they did tens of thousands of years ago. Our primitive minds still perceive the world around us in terms of threats to our well-being or opportunities to find safety.
Being a leader is like being a parent, and the company is like a new family to join. One that will care for us like we are their own . . . in sickness and in health. And if we are successful, our people will take on our company’s name as a sign of the family to which they are loyal.
This feeling of belonging, of shared values and a deep sense of empathy, dramatically enhances trust, cooperation and problem solving.
Quite often, what’s good for one is not necessarily good for the other. Working exclusively to advance ourselves may hurt the group, while working exclusively to advance the group may come at a cost to us as individuals.
Leadership is about integrity, honesty and accountability. All components of trust.