When executives are in career transition, or feel like they should be in transition, they call me for advice and counsel. They may be feeling stressed about where they are in life, their careers, families, retirement planning, social status, real estate success, or maybe educational pursuits. They may be frustrated with their bosses or coworkers or otherwise feeling victimized at work. My advice often sounds similar to this list of “10 Truths” Shannon Kaiser listed on her website post. As leaders, we are responsible for healthy teammates in body, mind, and spirit, and benefit from reminders like these below.
Here are 10 life lessons wise people have figured out but most likely won’t talk about:
1. There are no mistakes, only growth.
2. You will keep repeating the same patterns until you get the lesson.
3. Whatever you believe about yourself on the inside is manifested on the outside.
4. The more you approve of yourself, the less you need others’ approval.
5. All situations are pathways instead of problems.
6. Things don’t happen to you — they happen for you.
7. There is no “there” to get to — it never ends.
8. Where you are today is preparing you for tomorrow. Everything is connected.
9. You will always get what you need. It might not be what you want, but it is always exactly what you need.
Reflecting on these truths often reduces stress, and puts one back in control of their life. Once in control, then get relevant, qualified counsel and put that advice into action to achieve the results and life you desire. As you do this, you can then lead others through their stressful times and help them to be more productive team members at work.
This is one more way for you to be a more effective leader of a high-performance team, and thus builder of successful organizations.