Every great leader I have ever worked with in business, politics or ministry have all had an incredible ability to focus when everyone else gets distracted.
It is this ability to rise above the noise that separates the wheat from the chaff that keeps the best moving forward when others get distracted or get knocked back by circumstances completely beyond their ability to affect.
So the key question is what can you actually control? How do you stay focused on what matters?
Whether it is my son’s 11 year-old’s flag football team, a global sales force, or an executive counterpart, every team and person I have had the privilege to lead has heard me mention and repeat the following (over and over.)
The Key to Success is controlling what you can and the only things you can control is your:
· Attitude – Your attitude will determine your experience.
· Effort – Your Effort reflects your willingness to fight.
· Preparation – Your preparation allows you to make the most of the opportunity when it comes.
Notice what is not on this list: You cannot control:
The Result – Sometimes you lose the game, don’t get the deal. Learn what you can and prepare better next time.
Other People (As Much as We would like to) – Some people will not like you, their choice. You control your attitude toward them.
Timing – Sometimes people get sick or in accidents. Will this distract you or will you put the effort in and get back to work.
Other People’s Mess – Do not let the Urgent minutia of Today rob your attention to the Vital actions that actually make an impact.
As a leader, people are looking to you. They key is you can help them more effectively fail-forward if you can look at a set-back and say, “Next Time, do we need to improve our attitude, Effort or Preparedness?”
A great cake is made with great ingredients. You don’t fix the cake, you fix the what goes into the cake. Same applies here.
Stuff Happen and most of it you can’t control… Get over it and don’t get so paralyzed by the outcome that you don’t learn from the process.
You will see a multiplication of results by putting your and your team’s focus and attention on what you can actually affect. Let’s go get better.