Personal growth and self-leadership is the bridge between where you are today and where you'll be tomorrow. The future is full of potential. However, the majority of us aren't accessing or even able to realize this fantastic gift. You probably know the adage: "Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence." It's true. If you aren't able to see the results you're trying to accomplish, it doesn't mean you lack potential. Instead, we need to manifest it and believe it before we can see it. Unfortunately, tunnel vision keeps us stuck in our current circumstances. Don't be affixed to the light at the end of the tunnel. Problems arise when people solely focus on achieving the result, causing many to give up prematurely.
Instead, see your growth as a metaphoric bridge. A bridge that allows you to both recognize and navigate the endless possibilities ahead of you. See the bridge transporting you to all the places you wish and need to be in life. While traveling on this bridge, stop and celebrate each consecutive win bringing you closer to your goal and destination. Get out of the tunnel and build that bridge between today and your future. Take it one mile at a time, while maintaining a 100-mile radius view!
It's time to build that bridge today! To do so, let's focus on the following tools:
Tool #1: Awareness
Self-awareness is the most crucial starting point. Ask yourself these central questions:
Without introspection, there will not be an interception of the current status quo. So you must go within and be brutally honest with yourself before picking up tool #2.
Tool #2: Attitude
Attitude is what gets the engine running and is the fuel needed to take us from Point A to Point B. Awareness only turns the ignition on. Without enough fuel or attitude, we'll never reach our destination. So do "the check up from the neck up" and ask yourself these questions:
What's My Attitude? A positive attitude is essential in navigating through life's challenges. Choose to believe that everything happens for a greater good, and you'll increase your capacity towards achieving your goals faster than you would otherwise.
Welcome challenges and know that every problem has a solution – solution oriented attitude. Problems and issues strengthen and help us grow to prepare for bigger and better things. As they say: "Don't wish there were no problems, wish that you were better." We need to fail first, fail fast and fail forward to reach our goals and reach our fullest potential.
Tool #3: Action
Knowing and doing are two entirely different things. What are you doing to close the gap between the two? Without action, there is no change. Without action, there is no attraction. Remember, having a definite and clear vision is not a prerequisite for moving forward. Clarity of purpose and vision are continually evolving. They become more evident and clearer once you take action. Too many of us wait for clarity before taking steps which can powerfully transform our lives. You'll make this costly mistake also if you're in the dark tunnel waiting for the light before making your next move.
As Albert Einstein said, "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results." So, what's the one thing you're going to do different today to build that bridge? Get out of your tunnel and build the bridge towards the destiny you were meant to live!
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