A final and to-the-point finish to this talk: a “can do” attitude goes a long way.
Whatever your issue is, a “can do” attitude is determined to find a way through. No problem is too big for resolution; no struggle is too hard to persevere through; no lie is to powerful to overcome.
A “can do” attitude not only addresses your immediate concerns but also the bigger-picture outcomes. What’s the dream? What are you trying to achieve? What are you aiming at? When you clarify these things, you can set your targets, and align your attitude to meet them.
This is pure optimism, and it is not just for dreamers: “There is a way. I can do it. This is not too big. We’re gonna get there.”
Set your sights, set your attitude, and Find-a-Way.
Adapted from the “Reversing the Death Spiral of a Leader” talk by Dr. Henry Cloud at the Global Leadership Summit 2013. Part 5.
These three things initiate the Downward Spiral that leaders can find themselves in:
1. Personal: “I’m no good; why did I think I could _______?” Dr Cloud tells a story to illustrate that although we all make mistakes, those of us who are naive, oblivious or cheerful enough will survive these critical times by refusing to take our failings personally.
2. Pervasive: An issue spreads broadly and appears much larger than it really is. “It’s not one person, it’s all of them; they all think that. Everything has gone bad. My whole life sucks.”
3. Permanent: “It will always be this way. This isn’t going to change.” Another lie.
Even the best performers can find themselves spiralling. Our brains change, something switches, and so it begins. Do you need to eliminate any of these three errors of thought?
Adapted from the “Reversing the Death Spiral of a Leader” talk by Dr. Henry Cloud at the Global Leadership Summit 2013. Part 3.