The process for achieving your goals
To sustain high performance under good and bad economic times it is necessary to remain confident in yourself and the quality of your offerings.
Confidence is an essential quality for business leadership. To sustain confidence you need more then knowledge of developments in your business.
Confidence can come and go depending on how changes in the environment impact us. Uncertainty and unexpected events can shake our confidence and impact our performance negatively. Indecision and hesitation to act decisively can happen when market conditions change rapidly.
A well planned business encourages individual and organizational rituals that boost confidence. Rituals and good practices can help you organize your day and focus on attaining achievable targets that lead to attaining longer term goals.
Rituals are important and all successful individuals have them. It may be something as simple as dressing in a particular way, having coffee at a regular café or listening to a particular musical piece before getting down to making the leadership decisions after a briefing on the latest developments.
The following ritual processes have been used by successful business leaders of large multi-national corporations:
By visualizing the process as a guarantee of ultimate success, an individual effectively rehearses the necessary actions thereby gaining confidence in saying, “If I have already succeeded in my mind, I can now succeed in the actual performance”. It is important for you as an individual to picture yourself and the organization experiencing the feel-good of success.
Performing Set Actions
Before starting the day anything from that simple morning ritual of sipping coffee on the go, to a more elaborate ritual of starting with some physical exercise followed by meditation and a set breakfast menu may be the necessary ingredient for confident decision making and performance throughout the day. These rituals for success have been effectively utilised by cafés, gyms and a whole host of other businesses to advertise their offerings.
Words of Affirmations
The recitation of a one word company pledge or private prayer or the reading of a quotation may be just the inspiration needed to boost your self-confidence. Leadership can always draw strength from words of wisdom that inspire positive action. To be effective, affirmations must spur us to act with confidence. It is important to remember that success comes to those who dare and act. Many Japanese corporations start the day with the entire staff from top corporate leaders to shop floor personnel reciting the corporate pledge to work diligently and produce quality products.
For some it may be wearing a particular item of clothing before an important sales meeting. Your symbol for confidence may be in the form of displaying your corporate logo, wearing a branded watch or a special ring or even using a particular leather brief case. In the British House of Commons, the Chancellor of the Exchequer will arrive on budget day with the budget in a brief case that looks like it has seen better days. Yet, interestingly this old ritual helps focus attention on the important content.
In preparing your high growth business plan it is vital to define your corporate culture by encouraging rituals that boost confidence and motivates you and your team to act decisively until success is achieved.
International Business Consultant
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