7 P’s Leaders Uses to Achieve Goals
According to Donald T. Phillips, leadership is leaders acting — as well as caring, inspiring and persuading others to act — for certain shared goals that represent the values — the wants and needs, the aspirations and expectations — of themselves and the people they represent. A dream is just a dream. A goal is ... Continue Reading
According to Donald T. Phillips, leadership is leaders acting — as well as caring, inspiring and persuading others to act — for certain shared goals that represent the values — the wants and needs, the aspirations and expectations — of themselves and the people they represent. A dream is just a dream. A goal is a dream with a plan and deadline. Ask yourself if what you are doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow. Here are 7 P’s leaders use to achieve their goals:
This is the reason you journey. A purpose serves as a lighthouse. It gives instant focus and direction. A life without purpose is like a ship without a sail drifting aimlessly. Have a vision and mission statement. Ask yourself what’s really important to you, what are you good at, and what you would like to have achieved when you look back at the end of your life? “Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” – John F. Kennedy.
This is the fire that lights your way. Thomas Edison failed more than 1,000 times when trying to create the light bulb. When asked about it, Edison allegedly said, “I have not failed 1,000 times. I have successfully discovered 1,000 ways to NOT make a light bulb.”
Probably one of the greatest example of persistence is Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln was faced with defeat throughout his life. He lost eight elections, twice failed in business, his fiancee died. He suffered a nervous breakdown. However in 1860, he was elected the 16th President of the United States.
Get accustomed to rejection and failure and take it in good stride. Never take things personally and do not allow pity–parties. The road to success is not smooth. “When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”– Abraham Lincoln
5. Planning – Preparation – Positioning
Les Brown worked as an errand boy in a radio station. He often stayed in the control rooms and soaked up whatever he could until the deejays would ask him to leave. Then, back in his bedroom at night, he practiced. One day while Les was at the station an opportunity presented itself and he was ready. He blew away the audience and the station manager. “It’s better to be prepared for an opportunity, and not have one than to have one and not be prepared” – Les Brown
Invest and form meaningful relationships. Have a good supportive network of people you can really trust, who believe in you, are honest with you and will encourage you. Networking is key. The friendship between Henry Ford and Thomas Edison spanned more than 30 years. “Iron sharpens iron”. From their earliest meetings, they encouraged and inspired one another, often contributing to each other’s work.“If you want to be a lion, you must train with lions.” – Carlson Gracie
For everything there is a time and season. ”No matter how great the talent or efforts, some things just take time. You can’t produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant” – Warren Buffett
8. Positive Thinking
Always believe in yourself and have confidence in your abilities. “Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade.Your mind will seek to develop the picture… Do not build up obstacles in your imagination.” ― Norman Vincent Peale.
9. Personal development
This is a vital part in a person’s growth and maturity. It is like how you nurture a plant. People give more importance to academic and professional achievement rather than personal growth. This has caused a lot of emotional struggles. “Personal development is a major time-saver. The better you become, the less time it takes you to achieve your goals” Brian Tracy
Prayer brings peace of mind in the midst of turmoil. Just trust God and have Faith that all things work out for your good. Praise Him and be Thankful. Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. Never underestimate the power of prayer. “Every time I have had a breakthrough in my life, it has been because of Prayer” – John Maxwell