The simplest definition of leadership is influencing others to do something while working towards a common goal or agenda. In 2022, I’m focusing on becoming a better leader in all areas of my life. As I grow, I’m sharing lessons and stories along the way. Thanks for tuning in and I hope something I share resonates with you in your leadership (influence) journey.
A few weeks ago, I bought my 8-year old son a new umbrella. He’s never owned an umbrella so he was pretty excited. Every day, he would check the forecast to see if rain was expected so he could use his new umbrella at school. Finally, it rained and he was able to use it! He was so excited.
As leaders, think about the times that you were excited about a new project, assignment, goal, relationship or idea. How long did the newness last before it wore off? So many times, we find ourselves caught in the ebb and flows of excitement, frustration, passion, exhaustion, fear, worry, or contentment. What determines these emotions or drives these forces? How do we handle the emotional ebbs and flows so we continue to make progress and thrive in whatever role we find ourselves in? One day, things can look great and we’re excited about what the future holds and the next day, that can change.
Knowing your purpose and focusing on that helps with navigating the ebbs and flows. Being rooted in your values and prioritizing self care and self reflection are also valuable tools to warding off complacency and burnout. Next time you find yourself in an emotional roller coaster, consider reflecting on your personal purpose, mission and values and allow that to guide your feelings.
~Coletta Jones Patterson
Coletta is an author, speaker, life coach and business executive who is passionate about helping others get unstuck. She hosts a beyond stuck podcast and has written seven inspirational books. Connect with Coletta at email@example.com.