How to Live, Think, and Lead with Brilliance! (Part II)

There are multiple facets to Executive Brilliance that allow transformational leaders to Live, Think and Lead with brilliance. The following “to do” list (the second half of two lists about living, thinking and leading with brilliance) will help you achieve that goal. Work on these activities each day and watch how your inner brilliance can positively influence those around you:

  1. Silence the static noise around you and go within: Develop a daily practice of quieting your mind.  Develop inner resources that help you deal with outer circumstances.  Take a walk, read a book, take a nap, practice meditation.  Do something that is NOT work related.   The time away from the hustle and bustle of work will make you even more effective when you return.
  2. Learn to say “No” and practice saying “No” to time-eater tasks you could delegate: Listen to your inner feelings.  Do you say yes when you really want to say no?  Go ahead!  It’s healthy to say no!
  3. Add play to your day!  Lighten up! Fun and recreation are great stress reducers and health enhancers.  Take a dance class, learn a new language, drive home a different way! Change up your lifestyle.  Bored people have boring lives so change your routine and get your spark back.
  4. See failures as lessons to learn and opportunities to grow: Most successful people have five to ten failures before they succeed.  Follow your hunches.  Everyone thought Ted Turner was nuts to think people would want to watch news 24 hours a day. Yeah, right!
  5. Be impeccable in word and deed: Integrity is a non-negotiable for leaders who inspire others to “be” and do their best. Authentic success exists within and is reflected without by being who you say you are. This type of success builds trust and engenders loyalty.
  6. Be accountable to yourself: Find a quiet place and take a personal inventory.  Multi-Taskers can actually be Multi-Slackers!  Reprioritize what really matters. Journal every day for one week to look within and see what you feel is missing and what you want to create next.  Be honest about your own personal needs.  Do you need more support?  Do you have a confidante?  It’s time for personal honesty!  It’s time to make a change.  And it’s definitely time for coaching one-on-one!

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