As leaders, we are constantly looking for new strategies, tactics, and tools that can help us be better at what we do. However, one of the most important things we can do to become better leaders is often overlooked: mastering the six inches between our ears.
The Power of Your Mind
Your mind is an incredibly powerful tool, and it has been proven time and again that those who have harnessed the power of their minds have achieved great success in life. So how can you master this power and use it to become a better leader? Let’s take a closer look.
- Harnessing the Power of Positive Thinking. One of the most important aspects of mastering the six inches between your ears is learning how to think positively. Part of this involves replacing negative thoughts with positive ones; instead of seeing obstacles as insurmountable problems, see them as challenges you can overcome with hard work and dedication. It also involves reinforcing positive thoughts by actively engaging in activities such as visualization or affirmations on a regular basis.You should also strive to be mindful throughout your day so that you don’t get caught up in negative thought patterns or feelings of fear or uncertainty. This means being present in the moment, rather than worrying about what happened before or what might happen next. Mindfulness will help you focus on positive solutions instead of getting bogged down by negative emotions or thoughts.
- Developing Mental Discipline. Another key part of mastering the six inches between your ears is developing mental discipline. This means disciplining yourself to stay focused on what needs to be done without letting distractions get in your way (e.g., checking emails when you should be working). It also means resisting impulses that may lead you off track (e.g., procrastination). Developing mental discipline requires practice; however, it can be done if you set realistic goals and stick with them consistently over time.
- Learn How to Focus. Having clarity of thought is important if you want to successfully master your mind, but even more vital is learning how to focus on one task for an extended period of time without getting distracted by external stimuli or other tasks vying for your attention. This skill cannot be acquired overnight – it takes practice and dedication – but once mastered, it can have a profound impact on one’s ability to achieve their goals faster than before because they are now able to concentrate their energy on one thing at a time rather than spreading themselves thin across multiple tasks at once.
- Practice Meditation. Meditation is an age-old practice which has been proven over time as a powerful tool for calming the mind and connecting with one’s inner self. Taking some quiet time each day away from all forms of technology will help create mental space which allows us to reflect on our current situation, plan out tasks for the future, develop better problem-solving skills and increase overall productivity levels by clearing away any mental clutter that may be blocking us from achieving success in different areas of our lives.
Mastering the six inches between your ears is an essential skill for any leader who wants to maximize their effectiveness and efficiency in life and work. With enough practice, anyone can become a master at this important leadership skill – all it takes is some dedication and effort.
Robert Murray is a Vancouver, BC based Business Strategy Consultant, #1 Best Selling Author, International Keynote Speaker, and TEC Top Speaker of the Year for 2018. For further advice, insight and inspiration on how to unlock your inner leader, connect with Robert on LinkedIn.
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