11 Signs Of An Ego-Tripping & Power Hungry Leader

Leadership is all about character, integrity and guiding your team in the right direction.

Even if this job requires a sense of humility, some leaders can get ahead of themselves, let their ego run their world, crave and abuse their power.

Unfortunately, without even knowing it, the best leaders can also get consumed by ego and power.

Wondering if you are ego-tripping or if you are a power hungry leader?

We have all worked in environments where leaders have completely lost their minds, letting their ego drive their decisions, searching for power or being completely drunk on power.

These leaders are said to be ego-tripping, power-tripping or power-hungry.

Below are the 11 signs revealing whether or not you are power hungry or ego-tripping.

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1. Power-hungry leaders are bullies

They bully their team members to ensure dominance and to kill any potential that would threaten their sense of power.

They overtly criticize others, take cheap shots and undermine the success of the entire team by creating chaos.

They are known to sabotage their team members because they think that they will move forward without them.

2. Power-hungry leaders are empty individuals

They are not whole individuals.

Truth is, they have a heightened sense of self, very low self-esteem and need to constantly feed their ego.

Furthermore, they are not self-aware, mindful of their actions, have low self-esteem and an unhealthy work life balance.

3. Power-hungry leaders hide deep insecurities

Ego tripping and power hungry individuals are weak minded and will give anything to fill that inner void. For most, ego tripping and power hungry people are people who have felt powerless while growing up.

Deep inside, they are weak, are cowards, fear their own shadow, don’t have real power and they know it. They are unstable and easy to break.

To the world, they act tough and search for the weaknesses of everyone.

4. Power-hungry leaders jealousy has no bound

They get jealous when other people do better than they do or hold the position they want. They want to be the only one to shine and won’t hesitate to dim the light of others.

5. Power-hungry leaders think rank is enough

They think that their rank and role in the organization is enough to command respect.

Indeed, they pull rank whenever they feel threatened. Unfortunately, they tend to lose all the respect that they so crave.

6. Power-hungry leaders shut down dissenting voices

They remove dissenting voices or anyone who would oppose them.

Instead, they favor yes men, force people to bow down, to submit to their will, to agree with them, to follow them even if they are wrong.

Basically, it’s their way or the high way.

7. Power-hungry leaders believe status is everything

They often remind everyone around them of their titles and past accomplishments. They overshare and over-exaggerate their achievements.

They demonstrate a sense of superiority and use their status to build up their sense of self-worth.

8. Power-hungry leaders always compete with others

To feed their ego, they compete with people or powerful leaders whom may not know that they are competing.

They think life is a competition. Even worse, some believe that life is a game and people are pieces on their chess board.

9. Power-hungry leaders only social climb

They only network with powerful people and use them to social climb.

They look to climb the social ladder, thirsty for notoriety and take part in the most influential situations. They name drop powerful leaders they know in order to get respect and to feel superior.

10. Power-hungry leaders want to control everything and everyone

They tend to micromanage and don’t trust the people around them.

For this reason, they constantly seek control and leverage over others.

11. Power-hungry leaders encourage toxicity

They thrive in chaos, encourage toxic behavior and competition.

They may even gossip and create false narratives to foster a negative environment.

Last Words Of Advice!

Wanting and having power is not always a negative thing. You simply have to want it for the right reasons in order to go the distance. Otherwise, you will rapidly crash and burn.

If you come across one of those power hungry leaders, don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself.

 

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9 Ways To Grow As A Leader In The Age Of Social Distancing

As a leader, you are really spread thin and barely have time for yourself. It is good to take this opportunity to relax.

You might want to use this time to reflect on your life. There are many activities that you can do to get back into the growth mindset.

You want to improve yourself and get you act together to reach your goals and insulate yourself from further failure.

Wondering what you can do as a leader to grow during the era of social distancing?

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1. Communicate with your inner self

You can start the self-improvement process during quarantine by checking in on your inner self so you can to come out quarantine better than when you entered.

Sometimes, we are so busy that we don’t take the time to slow down, breath, embrace solitude and see how we are mentally doing.

Some choose to meditate and others to journal. Journaling is a great way to communicate with yourself. By writing down your thoughts, you free up you mind, confront and let go of past troubling experiences.

2. Make an honest assessment of yourself

When you know who you are and where you are, you will know which steps to take to reach your goals.

It requires real honesty and an ability to confront every part of yourself — the best parts as much as the horrible parts of yourself. 

Doing that will give you a sense of who you are. Assessing yourself will help you gauge your strengths and weaknesses, get i touch with your purpose, identify the situations and opportunities that fit you. 

3. Understand your worth

You have to believe that you are worthy as a person and still have room for improvement.

Furthermore, as you improve yourself, you will realize your worth, become wiser and make better decisions. 

4. Reevaluate

You can use this moment to reevaluate, reset yourself and organize yourself for the future. You will know how to tackle your goals as soon as things get back in order. To do so effectively:

  • Think about all the things you have to do.
  • Write down your goals and tasks. Then, set a time-frame, a level of impact, an order of importance and emergency.
  • Foresee the potential obstacles that are ahead of you. 

Not because you are cozy at home or remotely working that you have to let yourself go or give up on yourself or your goals.

5. Learn to compete with yourself

Nobody really knows what to do in life but the first step you can take is evaluating yourself and ensuring that your future self is better than your older self. 

To compete with yourself, it helps to think as yourself as a brand, to have a prioritized task list and to regularly track your progress.

6. Unclutter your space

You may not be able to immediately improve on yourself but you can fix small problems around you that will free up some mental load and enhance your mental health. 

The clutter around you occupies the space in your mind. To unclutter, you may want to organize your room or repair things around your house for example.

7. Do something worthwhile

To grow and get out of a somewhat negative space, it is imperative that you take responsibility for yourself.

Besides, you cannot stay in one place self-loathing or blaming someone else for your situation.

There is no need to dwell on your problems and go down the rabbit hole. Instead, figure out your purpose and do something with meaning that can outweigh your negative situation.

8. Connect with others

While you are bored in the house, we can get activated and still improve ourselves indoors or while social distancing.

For those who love to be social, you can use all this time to your advantage, connect more deeply with your entourage and build deeper trust.

You can talk to someone, who will help you grow, about your inner turmoils or your dreams.

9. Read all the books you can

Sometimes, we are stuck in one way of thinking. 

It takes an external event or person with deeper knowledge to promote our mindset.

Books contain knowledge that you couldn’t acquire on your own, events that probably have or won’t happen to you. Either way, books will broaden your sense of self and open up your mind.

Nowadays, podcast and audiobooks provide us with the same purpose as books.

Last Words Of Advice!

Social distancing is hard for some.

As you use the era of social distancing as an advantage, be very careful on what you focus your mind on.

 

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Dream Big: Know What You Want, Why You Want It, and What You’re Going to Do About It By Bob Goff

The term “Ambitions” refers to your goals, dreams, purpose and your desires to achieve success…

Achieving your ambitions is not given to everyone. It becomes essential to prepare yourself for your dreams, to plan for success and for obstacles.

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1. Prepare yourself for your dreams

To prepare yourself for your dreams, you have to gain in self-awareness.

Who are you? Where are you? What do you want? These 3 questions will help you identify and pursue your ambitions, gain in confidence and in clarity.

Indeed, before going after your dreams, you must be honest with yourself, understand who you truly are and your motivations for your actions. You have to look past your fears, failures and negative emotions. What is going on underneath the surface?

To find out where you are going, it is important to assess your current situation so you know what to modify and what to improve on. 

Furthermore, to figure out what you want in the long run, you have to look at everything that you have done and curated for yourself so far. 

2. Plan for your dreams

Now that you know yourself better, it is time to size up your ambitions and put them into context. Does your ambition have a specific meaning? Does it have a long life shelf? Is it in service to others? Will it create a legacy? Is is feasible?

It becomes detrimental to plan for your dreams and then plan some more.

You don’t have to rush through the process.

Instead, you can identify yourself as a student and be a student of life. Your curiosity will probe you to ask a lot of questions, especially to the people you admire.

3. Remove potential obstacles

There will be many obstacles in your way but you really have to keep at it. When you think you have remove all obstacles, expect some more.

You may have to explore various opportunities and endure different experiences before attaining your goals. You will have to learn to find people you trust, to move forward when you fail, to select the right opportunities and to preserve your time and energy.

In addition, you will have to get rid of the habits, limiting beliefs and patterns that hold you back. Needless to say, your fears won’t go away on their own.

In case you fail, plan your response to the failure, admit it and be proud for going after your dreams. Failure happens and you must resist the urge to give up.

4. Act on your dreams

You don’t have it all figured out but now you are more self-aware, knowledgeable about your dreams and have a plan. You can start working on your dreams and downloading them into reality.

To stay on track of your dreams, you have to learn to say no respectfully and effectively. Then, you can use your current ambition to build up another one and your failures to focus on your next move.

Furthermore, some ambitions are easy to achieve and others aren’t. Acting on your dreams requires that you make yourself available to people and opportunities that fit your ambitions.

To pursue your ambitions, you are going to need a strong community around you to keep you sane and on track. To find a community, you have to get to know people, take up genuine interest in others and their ambitions, be available and present.

There is no need to compare yourself to others, to seek outside validation or permission. There are a million different ways to achieve your goals.

Review

Dream Big: Know What You Want, Why You Want It, and What You’re Going to Do About It by Bob Goff is written for people who always suspected that there is more to their life, who wish to acquire success principles, to make real moves, who are serious about their dreams and want to advance them.

Dream Big: Know What You Want, Why You Want It, and What You’re Going to Do About It will help you reframe your mindset, especially if you are used to dreaming or having your dreams shut down. It doesn’t have all the answers but definitely motivates and shares good success principles.

Using his personal experiences as support, Bob Goff does not introduce us to new life principles. However, he provides us with a different, positive and sincere perspective on success that can inspire people.

It is strongly faith-based. Even though your system of belief lies elsewhere, you can always extract valuable principles from this book.

This book will help you get unstuck, on your way to executing your dreams and tending to your own fire.

Never give up on your dreams!

Let me know below what you think about this book!

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Make no mistake, identifying and pursuing your ambitions is going to take a lot of courage and clarity.

[…]there is massive power in self-awareness. Don’t overlook or underestimate it. It’s not indulgent to spend some time reflecting on your life; in fact, it’s foolish not to.

Life can be delightfully wonderful, and it can also be punishingly difficult.

The path to your ambitions is not one long race; it’s a series of wind sprints that eventually covers the distance of a marathon.

Who you are right now is an accumulation of all you’ve done and all that’s happened to you. Some beliefs have limited you; perhaps you’ll discover more that will launch you.

Ratings 3/5

About the author

Bob Goff

 

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12 Signs You Are Loving Yourself Just Right

If we listen to Society, we would constantly be hating ourselves, changing ourselves to fit in and show that we are worthy of belonging when there is naturally nothing wrong with us.

The truth is there is more things that are right with you than there is wrong.

You have to take a good look at yourself, acknowledge that you are good enough and figure whether or not you are loving yourself the right way.

Wondering what are the signs showing that you are loving yourself the right way?

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In life, many things that would make us question ourselves and not love ourselves. However, there are a few signs that show that you are on the path of self-love.

1. You put yourself first

You take care of your people, make place for the essentials but you make time for yourself.

In addition, you prioritize your health, needs and wants no matter what.

2. You are authentically yourself

You cannot fake your way through life or spend your time fulfilling someone else’s expectations of you.

You must believe that you are free to be yourself because who you are is beautiful and are good enough.

3. You are honest with yourself

You know and value your flaws, qualities, strengths, weaknesses, limitations and blindspots.

4. You express yourself freely

You express your thoughts and opinions freely without holding back and without fear.

Furthermore, you are not ashamed of your ideas because you understand that they are valuable and worth sharing.

5. You trust your abilities

You have learnt a lot through the years.

When push comes to shove, you are able to hone your skills and employ your abilities where you need to.

6. You trust your intuition

How many times have you felt something in your gut, not listened to it and ended up in a problematic situation?

Trust your intuition. It will never steer you the wrong way.

7. You quiet your inner critic

You don’t listen to your inner critic and to the lies you tell yourself.

Furthermore, you don’t beat yourself up when you have failed.

Instead, you pull yourself back up by your bootstraps, forgive yourself and keep it moving.

8. You embrace solitude

You are capable of spending quality time with yourself.

You are at peace with yourself, you enjoy yourself alone and use that time to recharge.

9. You treat yourself

You take care of your mind, body and soul.

For instance, you enjoy grooming yourself and buying yourself some gifts. 

10. You celebrate success

You celebrate your successes and those of others.

You take time to acknowledge your achievements, give yourself full credit for your success and focus on more than your failures.

11. You have a strong support system

You refuse to surround yourself with toxic people.

You have been able to build healthy relationships with people who you confide in, who act as your sounding board and who you lean on.

12. You are independent

Basically, you don’t need other people to help you feel good about yourself.

You believe that you are good enough and can stand on your own two feet.

You don’t need validation from others and have stopped worrying about what other people think about you.

You don’t compete or compare yourself with others.

Finally, you don’t trash people to make yourself feel better.  

Last Words Of Advice!

If you don’t love yourself, nobody else will!

When you love yourself, you will be able to handle life better, focus on your personal progress and achieve your goals.

 

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56 Most Inspirational Quotes To Lift Your Spirits

2020 has been rough so far…

It seems like everything has hit the fan.

We have individually and collectively been through a lot.

To lift our spirits up a little bit, I have put together a few quotes that describes what I feel right now.

Hopefully, they will inspire our day to day!

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  1. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. Martin Luther King Jr.

  2. People Who Are Crazy Enough To Think They Can Change The World, Are The Ones Who Do. – Rob Siltanen

  3. A Clear Vision, Backed By Definite Plans, Gives You A Tremendous Feeling Of Confidence And Personal Power. – Brian Tracy

  4. It’s Not Whether You Get Knocked Down, It’s Whether You Get Up. – Vince Lombardi

  5. Failure Will Never Overtake Me If My Determination To Succeed Is Strong Enough. – Og Mandino

  6. We May Encounter Many Defeats But We Must Not Be Defeated. – Maya Angelou

  7. We Generate Fears While We Sit. We Overcome Them By Action. – Dr. Henry Link

  8. Nurture your mind with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes. – Benjamin Disraeli

  9. I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. It’s because of them I’m doing it myself. Albert Einstein

  10. The real opportunity for success lies within the person and not in the job. – Zig Ziglar

  11. The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving. Oliver Wendell Holmes

  12. Every truth passes through three stages before it is recognized. In the first, it is ridiculed. In the second, it is opposed. In the third, it is regarded as self evident. Arthur Schopenhauer

  13. The difference between a successful person and others is not lack of strength not a lack of knowledge but rather a lack of will. Vince Lombardi

  14. Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try. Jack Canfield

  15. Some men see things as they are and say why – I dream things that never were and say why not. George Bernard Shaw

  16. The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible. Arthur C. Clarke

  17. Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

  18. Many of life’s failures are experienced by people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. – Thomas Edison

  19. Every noble work is at first impossible. Thomas Carlyle

  20. Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. – Joshua J. Marine

  21. Every strike brings me closer to the next home run. Babe Ruth

  22. An obstacle is often a stepping stone. Prescott

  23. I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. Stephen Covey

  24. We become what we think about. Earl Nightingale

  25. Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground. Theodore Roosevelt

  26. It’s better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life. Elizabeth Kenny

  27. Don’t gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver or gold. – Bob Marley

  28. I love those who can smile in trouble. – Leonardo da Vinci

  29. Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking. – Marcus Aurelius

  30. Life is short, and truth works far and lives long: let us then speak the truth. – Arthur Schopenhauer

  31. You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching. – William W. Purkey

  32. Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive. – Elbert Hubbard

  33. Your goal in life is to find out the people who need you the most, to find out the business that needs you the most, to find the project and the art that needs you the most. There is something out there just for you. – Naval Ravikant

  34. Sing the song that only you can sing, write the book that only you can write, build the product that only you can build… live the life that only you can live. – Naval Ravikant

  35. To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. – Oscar Wilde

  36. Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.  Ludwig Jacobowski

  37. You must be the change you wish to see in the world. – Mahatma Gandhi

  38. Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life. – Eleanor Roosevelt

  39. Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. Confucius

  40. If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things. Albert Einstein

  41. Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. – Albert Einstein

  42. I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples. – Mother Teresa

  43. Be willing to sacrifice what you think you have today for the life that you want tomorrow. – Neil Strauss

  44. The only impossible journey is the one you never begin. – Tony Robbins

  45. Your best life will not be found in comfort. It will be found in fighting for what you believe in. – Maxime Lagacé

  46. My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. – Maya Angelou

  47. The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude. – William James

  48. In the midst of winter, I found there was within me an invincible summer. – Albert Camus

  49. When you arise in the morning think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive, to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. – Marcus Aurelius

  50. I will go anywhere as long as it’s forward. – David Livingston

  51. Once you choose hope, anything’s possible. – Christopher Reeve

  52. Rise above the storm and you will find the sunshine. – Mario Fernandez

  53. When it hurts – observe. Life is trying to teach you something. – Anita Krizzan

  54. Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness. – Steve Maraboli

  55. Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. – Albert Einstein

  56. Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Last Words Of Advice!

I hope that you guys enjoyed these amazing quotes and have gained some inspiration.

Comment below if you know any great quotes that we missed out on!

 

 

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The Importance of Accountability In Leadership

Right now, there is a serious need for accountable leaders in all aspects of the world and at all levels of life.

Accountable leaders are responsible for their team and organization.

In reality, accountability goes beyond responsibility.

Accountable leaders have a sense of ownership that has been developed for tasks, decisions and actions. It is intrinsic to each leader and is independent of the outcomes of said tasks, decisions and actions.

Wondering why accountability is so important and how leaders can develop a sense of accountability?

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Accountability is important, hard to define and even harder to implement.

1. Get To Know Yourself

I will never cease to repeat that to lead others, you must first lead yourself.

Before you become a leader or an accountable leader, it is also important to know your why.

2. Become Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable

You are going to experience the unexpected, be constantly reviewed under a microscope and have to handle an extreme amount of pressure.

You have to develop enough resilience and determination to seek discomfort and be comfortable with being uncomfortable.

3. Acknowledge Failure

There is no room for victim mentality or the blame game.

Accountable leaders are not victims of their circumstances.

Accountable leaders are willing to acknowledge their past failures. They know when, how and why they failed in the past. Most importantly, they know how to repair their mistakes, forgive themselves and move forward.

4. Understand Your Impact

Accountable leaders know the influence they have on their team and in their organization.

That is why, most of the time, they will need to demonstrate strong leadership skills, a lot of professionalism, a high level of maturity and self-awareness.

5. Look Out For Temptations

There are so many temptations that come with the money and power of leadership.

Accountable leaders know their shortcomings. They are humble, ethical and disciplined enough to control themselves.

To avoid temptations, it can be helpful to have a strong support system and a healthy work-life balance.

6. Create A Culture Of Accountability

To create a culture of accountability, leaders need to:

  • Increase employee commitment and engagement.
  • Allow employees to make decisions for themselves.
  • Build long term trust.

Last Words Of Advice!

You have to be accountable to yourself first before demanding that others are.

Being a mediocre leader is no longer acceptable. You don’t have to stay in a bad situation under bad leadership.

 

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103 Questions Every Leader Should Answer To Get To Know Themselves Better

We spend most of the time with ourselves.

We go through life’s pains and joys with ourselves.

We are out best friend or worst enemies but we don’t really take the time to get to know ourselves.

How can we lead the way if we don’t  really know ourselves?

Indeed, leadership is all about self-improvement.

To be a great leader, you need to start by leading yourself.

Below are 50 questions that will send you on the path of self-discovery.

Wondering which questions you should pose to get to know yourself better?

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Childhood

1. What is your best childhood memory?

2. What is your worst childhood memory?

3. Which best describes how you were as a child?

4. What advice would you give your younger self?

5. What is the best advice you have ever received growing up?

6. If you went back to school, what would you major in?

Self-Image

7. How do you visualize yourself?

8. What do you like the most about yourself?

9. If you could change something about yourself, what would it be?

10. What makes you unique?

11. What is your best quality?

12. What would you say is your kryptonite?

13. What are your skills, strengths and weaknesses?

14. What personality traits do you value the most in yourself?

15. What character traits do you value the most in yourself?

16. What personality or character traits turn you off?

17. What would you like to improve about yourself?

Mindset

18. What is your system of belief?

19. What are your 5 main core values?

20. Who and what fulfills you?

21. How well do you embrace solitude?

22. What do you think of before you go to bed?

23. If you had one last day to live, what would you do?

24. What do you believe to be true about the world?

25. If you could know the absolute truth to one question, what would you ask?

Comfort Zone

26. Where do you feel most comfortable?

27. What gets you out of your comfort zone?

28. How would you describe your perfect day?

29. What makes your day better?

30. What inspires you the most?

Life & Self-Actualization

31. What would you do differently if you could go back in time?

32. What is the worst that ever happened to you?

33. What is the most insane thing you have ever done in life?

34. What was one of the most amazing moments in your life?

35. What is the most valuable lesson have you learned in life?

36. What is the most valuable lesson you have learned about yourself?

37. What do you want to achieve next year? In five years?

38. Where do you see yourself in the next ten years?

39. What would you say is your purpose is in life?

40. What do you expect most from yourself?

41. What do you look forward to the most in life?

42. What do you think is missing in your life?

43. What area of your life would you like to improve the most?

44. What legacy do you want to leave on the world?

45. When do you have the most energy?

46. Where would you ideally want to live?

Career

47. What is your best work experience?

48. What is your worst work experience?

49. What was your childhood dream profession?

50. Are you sure about your current career path?

51. What is your dream job and is it attainable? 

52. If you didn’t have a care in the world, what would you do?

Skillset

53. Are you comfortable with change?

54. What’s your decision-making style?

55. What is your leadership style?

56. What is your communication style?

57. When you have something exciting to share, how do you tell people?

Goals & Success

58. How do you define success?

59. What are your greatest accomplishments?

60. What do you want to accomplish someday? 

61. What are the obstacles that you regularly face?

62. What is one obstacle that you have overcome?

63. If money wasn’t an object, what would you do?

64. What is holding you back from achieving your goals?

65. What are your greatest regrets in life?

66. What keeps you up at night?

67. Has there been a time where you felt like a failure before?

68. How did you handle being or feeling like a failure?

69. Where do you get your best ideas?

Habits

70. How do you start your day? 

71. How do you rate your health habits?

72. What bad habit would you like to eliminate and why?

73. What good habits would you like to acquire?

74. Are your habits helping or hindering you from reaching your goals?

Emotions

75. What are your emotional triggers?

76. What really makes you angry?

77. What emotionally charges or drains you?

78. What is your worst fear?

79. When and why did you last cry?

Fun Activities

80. What is the most beautiful place you have ever been to?

81. What is your favorite or ideal travel destination?

82. What is your favorite way to travel?

83. Which movie title best describes your life?

84. Which TV shows or genres describe you the most?

85. What is your favorite book to read?

86. Which quote or lyric resonates most with you?

87. What is your favorite joke?

88. What are your favorite meals?

89. What activity brings you the most joy?

90. What are your passions and hobbies?

91. Which hobby or activity you would like to take on?

92. What is you favorite thing to do on a given day?

93. If you had to eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Your Interactions With Others

94. What do you like the most about your support system?

95. Do you enjoy giving or accepting compliments?

96. Who are you closest to?

97. Who is closest to you?

98. How would your friends describe you?

99. What do you think people misunderstand about you?

100. What is the question you would like to ask people but are too afraid to do so?

Mentorship

101. Who inspires you?

102. Who is your ideal mentor?

103. Who do you model your behavior after and why?

Last Words Of Advice!

You may not be able to answer all these questions in one sitting.

However, you can always come back to these questions and work on your answers.

Just the mere fact that you are reading this says that you are on your way to self-discovery.

 

Hope that I’ve helped you get it together on your way to leadership!

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Mental Toughness: Essential Principles of Leadership and Success By Mak Hill

No matter your decisions in life, obstacles will always present themselves. You will have to be able to build up your resilience and your ability to solve challenges.

For that reason, mental toughness is required in all areas of life.

Mental toughness is the inner drive to push through and pursue your goals.

Furthermore, it is an integral part of your character and prevents you from being a quitter. It gets you places that your personal skills, strengths and talents cannot. 

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Mental Toughness Leads to Success

Mental toughness is a “muscle that needs occasional flexing”. 

Mental toughness constantly requires nurturing your self-esteem and improving your attitude.

In addition, it involves letting go of fears, taking on challenges, staying focused and failing up.

Mental toughness keeps you motivated, overcomes self-doubt, helps you face your fears, regulate your emotions, listen to your inner voice, accept, learn and bounce back from your mistakes. 

The Habits Of Mentally Tough Leaders

Leaders have to handle difficult situations on a daily basis in the workplace and still have to make space for their personal lives. 

Furthermore, they have to build a vision from the ground up, communicate and maintain their vision. At the end of the day, to be successful and efficient, leaders need to be mentally tough.

Generally, mentally tough leaders have been through challenging situations and came out stronger.

1. Mentally Tough Leaders Are Self-Confident

They experience life outside of their comfort zone, take risks and overcome failure.

2. Mentally Tough Leaders Are Able to Manage Their Emotions

They are able to control their emotions. Furthermore, they are selective of the people around them. They share their emotions only with the people they can trust.

3. Mentally Tough Leaders Face their Fears and Take Action

They overcome their fears and risk failure to achieve success.

4. Mentally Tough Leaders Are Selective Of Whom They Associate With

They patiently select their support system. Their support system is positive, will celebrate their success, and share their vision and mindset.

5. Mentally Tough Leaders Are Self-Disciplined

They maintain a routine, a healthy diet and exercise regularly to secure their health and wellness.

6. Mentally Tough Leaders Know how and when to say No

They don’t people please and say no without feeling guilt or regret.

7. Mentally Tough Leaders Are Independent

They do not compare their progress with that of others. They are their own competition. They mind their own business, don’t care about people’s opinion of them and are accountable for their decisions.

8. Mentally Tough Leaders Are Ready and Equipped for Anything

They don’t operate out of fear or under pressures of office politics. They do the right thing and keep their conscience clear at the risk of losing their job.

9. Mentally Tough Leaders Are Obsessed with Productivity and Positive Outcomes

They are focused on becoming more productive and successful.

10. Mentally Tough Leaders Are Strong

They are ready to fight for what they want until the end.

11. Mentally Tough Leaders Are Responsive

They aim to make a sound decision whether it is under pressure or not.

12. Mentally Tough Leaders Are Willing to Learn

They need to keep learning, evolving, and adapting to changes.

13. Mentally Tough Leaders Possess Control

They have control over themselves, their thoughts and circumstances.

14. Mentally Tough Leaders Focus On the Right Priorities

They value quality of work over quantity.

15. Mentally Tough Leaders Realize the Likelihood of Developing Decision Fatigue

They know that they can burnout so they maintain a healthy lifestyle and keep making the best decisions for their teams. every task takes away energy and a fatigued mind is ineffective. 

16. Mentally Tough Leaders Build Themselves Up

They maintain a flexible schedule for activities meant to build up their mental toughness. They take care of themselves with specific and routine activities.

17. Mentally Tough Leaders Stay Positive

They are positive in their way of thinking and associate themselves only with positive things. They think positively about themselves and their team. They believe that they are what they think.

18. Mentally Tough Leaders Put Quality first

They delegate and encourage their team to produce quality work.

How do you become mentally strong?

To become mentally strong, there are several skills you need to acquire. Suitable skills are developed after many trials and failures. After years of training yourself, you can develop:

A Hyper Focus Mindset. You don’t allow distractions to clutter your mind and take you out of your zone. 

A Winning Mindset. You must believe in your expertise and believe that you will succeed no matter what.

Willpower. You must be able to stay on to of your goals until you have achieved them, despite the obstacles or your fears. Your willpower has to be maintained through relaxation methods and healthy activities.

Composure. You are able to stay calm under pressure.

An Ability to Handle Failure. You must acknowledge that a mentally strong person can fail too. If you have failed, you must extract a lesson from it.

Accountability. You must own up to your mistakes, overcome negative emotions, learn from failure and move on.

Preparedness. You must plan and prepare for the unexpected.

A Readiness to Take On the Challenge. You must face and embrace whatever challenge comes your way.

An Ability to Optimize Stress. You are able to take advantage of a stressful environment and still reach your objectives.

A Capability to Stretch Out the Limits. You stretch your limits and are able to achieve your objectives in spite of physical discomfort or mental stress.

The Qualities Needed to Develop Mental Toughness

Mentally tough people possess numerous qualities too that shine through when push comes to shove.

These qualities are ingrained in their personalities and in their character. In general, mentally tough people:

Are Self-Motivated. Your drive to succeed comes from within and you are capable to endure for what you love to do.

Maintain Positivity. You are able to get in the zone, to stay focused on positive thoughts amid the chaos or in high pressure situations.

Visualize The Life They Want. You visualize the outcome of a task from beginning to end before performing it which makes it easier to implement.

Meditate. Meditation reduces stress, clears your mind and allows you to relax.

Talk Positively To Themselves. You can coach and motivate yourself with your own words. 

Constantly Seek Discomfort. You get out your comfort zone frequently and are able to handle whatever life throws at you.

Are Prepared For The Unexpected. You will have to be prepared and have experienced everything in life in the worst possible conditions so you don’t break or have to be taken by surprise.

Review

Mental Toughness: Essential Principles of Leadership and Success by Mak Hill is an easy to read and straight to the point motivational book.

Truthfully, I had this book on my shelf and was eyeing it for a very long time.

Though the principles in this book are known, this book has put a lot of things in perspective for me and has reminded me that perseverance is key to success.

I truly recommend this if you are seeking more for yourself, want to quiet their mind and take back control, are going through challenges or have taken heavy hits lately.

As cliché as it may sound, it teaches you that:

  • You have to believe in yourself and stand up for what you want.
  • When life gives you lemon, you have to make lemonade. 
  • Quitting should not be made a habit. 

Try one principle at a time and observe the results. Everytime, you acquire a skill, move on to the next one until you become mentally strong.

Let me know below what you think about this book!

Favorite quote(s)

Mental toughness for an individual is his ability to deal with pressures, stressors, and challenges, and to give the best possible results, in spite of the circumstances that individual finds himself in. Others define it as the ability to rise after failures and setbacks, and the resolve to spot and take hold of the opportunities that come up.

Experts swear by the fact that grit, or mental toughness, plays a critical role in your achievement of anything in life. This is excellent news to many of us who desire success in some activity but do not carry the genes. We can still be top achievers, if only we become mentally tough.

In itself, success is not an event that finds you; it is a state of mind. The courage and strength to win develop internally, in the brain. If you want to reach your goals and become a success, you must learn how to get that mental strength by yourself.

Keep in mind that calm, smooth seas do not make adept sailors; it is the violent and turbulent ones that do.

The challenge you encounter in the course of your life will not matter, what matters is the reaction you will have towards it. Developing the right attitude towards failure will require you to know that failure does not condemn your abilities; it is merely a reaction or feedback to the effort put.

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