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The Power Of Mindset – Achieve Mastery And Succeed As A Leader

Written by: Sara Sheehan, Executive Contributor

Executive Contributors at Brainz Magazine are handpicked and invited to contribute because of their knowledge and valuable insight within their area of expertise.

 
Executive Contributor Sara Sheehan

Our mindset is crucial in our personal and professional growth and success journey. It can shape our experiences, determine our energy levels, and influence our ability to overcome challenges. By adopting a solid mindset, we can unlock our true potential. In this article, we will explore the significance of mindset, the importance of facing our fears, and how practicing what scares us can lead to mastery.

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Overcoming fear and achieving mastery


Our mindset is crucial in our personal and professional growth and success journey. It can shape our experiences, determine our energy levels, and influence our ability to overcome challenges. By adopting a solid mindset, we can unlock our true potential. In this article, we will explore the significance of mindset, the importance of facing our fears, and how practicing what scares us can lead to mastery.


Harnessing the energy of a strong mindset


A strong mindset empowers us to operate at our best energy levels. When we align our actions with our mindset, we can maximize productivity and focus. For example, when I plan my day, I schedule difficult meetings when my energy is at its peak to increase my focus and chance of success. Being mindful of my daily priority list improves my mindset and outcomes. I ensure progress toward my goals by setting five to seven daily priorities and working diligently to accomplish them.


The mindset-driven journey from fear to mastery


Overcoming fear requires the right mindset, consistency, and focus. These elements are instrumental in making a significant difference in our lives. To conquer fear, we must step into it and practice facing what we dread. This approach allows us to transition from fear to growth and achieve mastery.


Embracing the uncomfortable


James Garrett's continuing education course, Brain By Design, taught me much about overcoming fear (Garrett, n.d.). Garrett has put together one of the best brain science-based courses I have ever taken. I can’t recommend his course enough. In this course's Fearless By Design module, Garrett emphasizes the importance of immersing oneself in the very situations one fears. By actively confronting our fears, we gradually become more comfortable with them. A great demonstration of this principle is facing arachnophobia by placing your hand next to the glass terrarium that separates you from a tarantula. Another example is being an executive leader who fears public speaking yet preparing and delivering captivating company-wide addresses regularly. We can build resilience and cultivate new habits by getting comfortable with what we dread.


Breaking the cycle of worry and anxiety


Avoiding fears can lead to a problematic and anxiety-filled existence. Unaddressed worries and anxieties have the potential to grow into overwhelming and distinct conditions. It is essential to practice what scares us to break the cycle. While the idea of confronting our fears may seem daunting, the act of practice propels us forward. Facing our fears helps us overcome them and facilitates the development of positive habits and the mastery of new skills.


A personal journey of courage and mastery


Over the past several years, I have embarked on a marketing journey that pushed me outside my comfort zone. I challenged myself to grow through social media engagement, writing, producing videos, and conducting podcast interviews. Initially, it required significant effort, attention to detail, and energy. However, with time and consistent practice, what once seemed daunting transformed into something I embraced. A friend aptly mentioned the courage it takes to put oneself out there, acknowledging the journey I had undertaken to achieve mastery. This reflection reminded me of the immense value of overcoming our fears with courage.


Courage is the cure


Our mindset serves as a guiding force in our pursuit of personal and professional growth. By planning our day around our mindset and embracing what we fear, we unlock the potential to achieve greatness. The road to mastery may have challenges, but it is through practice and consistent effort that we build courage and develop new skills. So consider this question: Do you have the courage to overcome your fear and embark on a journey toward mastery? You have the power to choose the path to success.


Redefining success as a dynamic journey


Success is not a fixed destination but a fluid concept that evolves alongside our personal and professional growth. As leaders, our pursuit of success drives us to make a difference for our teams and clients and to build long-lasting relationships. However, to truly define success as a leader, we must delve deeper into our aspirations, accomplishments, roles, projects, skills, and defining characteristics. Let's explore the process of defining success, setting goals, creating actionable plans, and maintaining vitality throughout our journey.


The dynamic nature of success


Success should be a dynamic force that grows and adapts with us throughout our lifetime. Success is not a singular achievement but rather a continuous evolution. As leaders, we must embrace this perspective and recognize that our definition of success will transform as we gain new experiences and insights. By understanding that success is fluid, we can navigate our path flexibly and embrace the opportunities that align with our evolving vision.


Defining success as a leader


As a leader defining success, reflecting on our aspirations and goals is essential. Ask yourself:

  • What accomplishments do I wish to achieve?

  • What roles do I envision serving in?

  • What specific projects do I aspire to lead?

Consider the skills or areas of specialization you want to develop and the defining characteristics that align with your definition of success. Take the time to focus on defining success, as it lays the foundation for the following goals and plans.


Setting goals to propel your vision


Once you have defined success, it's time to set goals to propel you forward on your leadership journey. Select at least three goals that align with your vision. Collaborating with an executive coach can be immensely helpful in ensuring your objectives are concise, inspiring, and aligned with your overall vision. These goals should challenge and motivate you to strive for excellence while remaining realistic and attainable.


Building an actionable plan


Setting goals is just the first step. Developing a tangible and measurable plan is crucial to turn your vision into reality. Consider your current position and life circumstances as you craft your plan. Focus on strategies and actions that you can implement this month within your current role, minimizing potential obstacles. By selecting accessible activities, you increase the likelihood of following through and achieving your goals. Remember, a good plan provides a roadmap that guides you toward your desired outcomes!


Maintaining health and vitality


Amidst the pursuit of success, it is critical to prioritize your well-being. A leader must stay healthy and vital to navigating this journey effectively. Ensure that your definition of success illuminates the path toward living your best life and doing your most impactful work. Embrace self-care practices, nurture your physical and mental health, and seek balance to sustain your energy and enthusiasm as you strive for success. When viewed as a dynamic force, an ever-evolving journey of success becomes an ever-evolving journey of growth and fulfillment. We propel ourselves on this transformative path by defining success as a leader, setting meaningful goals, and crafting actionable plans. Remember, it's crucial to prioritize our well-being and vitality throughout the process. Success should bring professional accomplishments and light the way to a life lived with purpose and passion. Embrace the dynamic nature of success and embark on a leadership journey leading you to your best self and genius work.


I'd love to hear your thoughts! How are you developing your self-awareness? Please share your story in the comments or connect with me to share your story personally on LinkedIn and visit my website for more info!

Sara Sheehan Brainz Magazine
 

Sara Sheehan, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine

Sara Sheehan, PCC, is a consultant and Executive Coach who works with C-Level executive leaders designing organizations, developing business strategies, managing change, optimizing talent and leadership development, and solving complex human performance problems. Through executive coaching, Sara helps leaders sprint their way up the corporate ladder and increase their performance.

 

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