Have you ever thought, “I’m ‘creative’ so I’m just going to “fly by the seat of my pants”?
Or, maybe you or someone you know believes that if you simply “trust your gut” you’ll know what to do next?
I’ve met many people who run their career, business – and life – as a string of experiments where they try something and see what happens.
No clear plan. No real understanding of what’s working for them and what’s getting in the way.
Just taking ideas and seeing what sticks.
While this may have worked in 7th grade science class, and it may even be something that has brought you great life lessons, it won’t bring meaningful results over time.
Sure, it sounds fun and exciting but it can be downright exhausting to do everything by trial and error and not have the impact and influence you want.
I get it.
If you’ve read my story in Turn Possibilities into Realities, you know that I’m someone who did life by “accident”, even in opening my business I’ve called myself the “accidental entrepreneur”.
I would often “wing” it, trusting everything would work out in the end.
When I opened my business, I realized how clueless I was and decided to get help.
I began interviewing people who were more successful to learn about their journey.
Truthfully, I was looking for a short-cut so I wouldn’t have to make so many mistakes along the way.
This is what led to the discovery of my 7 Pillars of Leadership that I share at my annual Design Your Destiny Live event.
Last year, I had the honor of spending back-to-back VIP retreat days with clients.
Much of our time was spent planning out the year and choosing activities that would make the biggest difference in living out their big mission.
Unfortunately, the word “planning” has gotten a bad rap, especially among people who are right-brained creative beings.
What I learned in my informational interviews was the importance of having a clear written plan.
And, how having the plan didn’t have to get in the way of my creativity or ability to be innovative.
In fact, it was necessary in order for me to be creative and innovative.
Ultimately, planning enabled me to expand my sphere of influence and have a greater impact, touching the lives of thousands of people.
And, my plan also allows me to be my best physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually, financially (oh, yeah!), relationally (more time with people I love!), and through my ability to create/work.
The Upside Challenge of the week is to examine where you need more structure and a plan in your business, your career, or your life. (And, consider joining me at Design Your Destiny Live….)
Great leaders focus on their legacy. Start with the end in mind.
Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely. Lead Upside.
The world needs you and your brilliance.