Shift (noun): a slight change in position, direction, or tendency – from The Online Oxford English Dictionary
I began my professional career as a computer programmer. It was an ideal role for me because I much preferred working with computers than interacting with other people. Computers were logical and predictable while people were irrational and unpredictable.
Within a few years, I quickly realized that if I wanted to not only survive, but also thrive in the workplace, I would need to figure out how to improve my leadership ability. Even more importantly, I would need figure out how to work effectively with, you guessed it, people.
I knew I would need help with this so I started reading just about every leadership, personal development, and productivity book that I could get my hands on. I attended many courses, workshops and seminars.
In a relatively short period of time, I achieved the results that I was looking for. I was in the leadership role that I was looking for, I was making over six-figures, and I was leading a team of great people.
Looking back, I now realize that this change didn’t happen all at once. It occurred gradually, over an extended period of time. Each new idea that I implemented was a small shift in perspective. Every new challenge I faced was a tiny shift in my self-esteem. Every result that I achieved was a major positive shift in my confidence. It happened with small shifts in thinking, being and doing. It happened by doing what I call “mind-shifting”.
The cool thing is that as I learned each new idea, applied it in the real world, and noticed the results, I began to see a set of patterns of success that were possible to replicate. Some of the best mind-shifting practices include:
The practice of paying attention, calming the mind, increasing concentration and the achievement of flow.
The practice of owning our intentions, taking control of our lives and shaping our future.
The ability to absorb new ideas quickly, model excellence and to replicate results.
The ability to notice the emotional hijack and improve your recovery rate; to shake off negative states and to step into states of peak performance.
The essence of leadership; learning how to influence others and knowing when you should.
Strategy & Execution
The practice of setting clear goals, developing strategies to achieve them, and doing the work required see results.
Each of these skills and abilities can be learned, regardless of your past. It’s not about luck or being born with a silver spoon. We can all achieve the results we want and more – you just need to shift your mind.
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