While most people go through life, leaders grow through life.
--- Anthony Silard
When you’re finished growing, you’re finished. To truly embrace resilience, you must adopt a mindset that expands rather than shrinks when exposed to change. The astronaut who led the first space mission to fly around the moon, Frank Borman, perceptively declared, “We have to earn our wings every day.” Do you put new strategies into practice every day to earn your wings all over again, or do you sit back on your laurels and just hope what you did yesterday will work again today? What got you here is unlikely to get you there. Leadership is an eternal journey of self-reinvention. The only way you will know that you haven’t arrived at your destination is if you think you already have.
Take a moment to recognize the writing that’s been etched on the wall for some time indicating you must make a significant change to how you approach your career, or how you manage people, or how you relate to your spouse, or how you develop your relationships with your kids, or even how you handle—or are handled by—your smart-phone or laptop. After taking stock of what you know has been true for some time, commit to making some concrete changes so you can start growing again.
How do you keep growing in your personal and/or professional life? Tell us about it in the comments.
Anthony Silard is the president of The Global Leadership Institute and the author of the Simon & Schuster book The Connection: Link Your Passion, Purpose, and Actions to Make a Difference in the World. To receive Smile, It's Monday each week in your inbox and a free copy of Anthony's new audio CD, "The Surprising Source of Your Passion", enter your email here (1-step only).