Sometimes, we could all use a little reminder on how to pursue our goals. In continuation to our first post, today we discuss more stepping-stones that might help you find your way!
In part two of this post, we pick up where we left off with the remaining four of the seven stepping-stones to excellence. If you want to find success, you can use these stepping-stones as an action plan to reach those goals! Check out the rest of the tips below.
When networking or interacting with co-workers, communicate powerfully by remembering three letters: ALC. These stand for Ask-Listen-Clarify. Ask questions to determine the needs and desires of others. Listen empathetically—not only to hear but to understand. Then clarify by rephrasing and repeating back what the other individual said. If necessary, rephrase your question and ask additional questions. Powerful listening is the key to powerful communication. Pay attention to body language. Listen to non-verbal cues that reveal feelings behind spoken messages, and then clarify. Powerful communication will lead to continued career growth, excellence, and satisfaction.
LEAD WITH EMPATHY
No matter what position you hold currently, you are always leading others through your influence. You influence others with your thoughts and actions even if you are not aware of doing so. Think of three leaders who you admire. What traits and leadership skills do you admire the most in these leaders? This question will reveal your deepest leadership values. Leading with empathy is leading from your deepest values. These values allow you to focus on the strengths of those you lead; they allow you to lead others in ways you would want them to lead you.
MAINTAIN PHYSICAL, MENTAL, AND SPIRITUAL FITNESS
A healthy body helps to maintain a healthy mind and vice versa. Spiritual strength nourishes both the body and mind. Cultivating our faith in God strengthens our resolve to overcome adversities and focus on outcomes rather than roadblocks. Follow a sound wellness program, get regular physical checkups, and pray or meditate each day. Schedule a daily time for relaxation. Physical, mental, and spiritual fitness contribute to the steady growth and maximum excellence in fulfilling our individual purposes.
SERVE WITH LOVE, FAITH, AND GRATITUDE
We receive in this life only that which we first give. That includes our thoughts and attitudes. Fill your thoughts with the spirit of love for those you serve. Communicate your deepest gratitude to customers and clients for their trust in you. Show gratitude in special ways that provide more value than expected. Trust clients and customers to make decisions that are right for them. If you have faith in those you serve, they will have faith in you.
TAKE THIS CHALLENGE NOW!
Make a list of at least twelve different ways you could implement each of these stepping-stones during the next 12 months. Select seven items, one item from each list of twelve. Then put them into action over the next week. Continue to implement more of your ideas throughout the coming months. Refer back to your list frequently, and write down the changes that you see taking place. You will see positive changes both personally and professionally.
In summary, career growth and excellence contribute significantly to life satisfaction. They require acting with commitment and integrity. We need to set our standards high (they create our expectations) and continually acquire new knowledge to grow and perform with excellence. People are essential to success, and we must listen deeply to communicate powerfully. Leading others from our deepest values allows us to lead with empathy.
Growth requires physical, mental, and spiritual strength. Love, faith, and gratitude will provide an integrated framework for career growth and excellence. Taking deliberate action to excel and grow today will set the process in motion and bring rewarding results throughout the future.