Hello SOTGC community,
As you enter the new year, chances are that you’ve done a lot of planning for what you’d like to achieve this year on the job. As a powerhouse business woman, I have no doubt that you are a visionary at what you do – you lead with passion and vigor, and you execute initiatives with efficiency and ease. However, I have a deeper question for you?
Do you set goals for other areas of your life just as you do on the job? For example, maybe you’d like to achieve those long-forgotten goals like eating healthier, getting sleep, starting a new relationship, or pursuing that new role you’ve had your eye on in the workplace.
I was flying home from Miami last week when I came upon an article in Success Magazine and decided to use it for the basis for this blog. The article was written by Roger Connors and Tom Smith, authors of The Oz Principle, Getting Results Through Individual and Organizational Accountability. The article and the artwork caught my eye because it depicted The Wizard of Oz and because I have the first name of Dorothy; anything with ruby red slippers catches my attention quickly.
Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion had traits of heart, intelligence, and courage. All very admirable traits and traits we want to inherit. Connors and Smith say these traits pale in comparison to the number one trait that is required for success – personal accountability.
So what do you do when you feel out of practice with owning your power and personal accountability? Well, your read Connors and Smith’s latest book, The Wisdom of Oz, which shares these key guidelines for rebuilding your personal accountability:
- Redefine accountability. Does the word “responsible” scare you? The way to think about accountability/responsibility is this ‑ be true to yourself. This mindset alone will fulfill your goals, your hopes, and your dreams.
- Think as if your life depended on it! When you shift to a determined mindset – you begin to discover solutions for challenges you thought were out of your control.
- When you can’t control your circumstances, don’t let your circumstances control you. You can’t always control your circumstances but you can move forward and create more and new opportunities for yourself.
- You’ve got to want it more than you don’t want it. Everything in life extracts a certain price from you. That price might be your energy, your patience, your time, and your resources.
- Don’t let gravity pull you down. Don’t miss great opportunities at the expense of tough problems and challenges.
- Every breakthrough requires a bold stroke. When you discover your own internal power, you see that you have the right, the ability, even the obligation to create your own best reality.
- Ask for feedback. Asking others for feedback is the key to overcoming your own blind spots. Feedback will redirect you toward achieving better results.
- Ask yourself, “Am I a renter or an owner?” This is about investment. When you’re really committed to achieving your goals, you’ll go all in.
- Prepare to move a lot of dirt! Finding solutions is a lot like digging for gold. Point is — keep digging.
- Make it happen! You make it happen by focusing on the results you desire and finding the actions, the help and support from others, and believing that the answers for your success lie within.
The point of the book The Wisdom of Oz is that the road to success doesn’t come from the outside but from within. That’s also the point of my Radio Show, Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Going Beyond Expectations, It’s the inner glass ceiling that keeps us from our heart’s desire. Check it out here.
Now, which one of the ten keys will you start with first? I would recommend #4: You’ve got to want it more than you don’t want it. This is foundational; whether you’re climbing the corporate ladder, starting your own business, or just wanting to lose the ten pounds from the holidays, it starts with a strong reason to achieve. A reason that will motivate you, inspire you, and move you towards achievement. Which key principle will you start with? Share it with me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/findyouraim.
Here’s to your success!