What do you say to yourself when approaching the finishing line of a project or task? Do you ever find your energy levels waning or your motivation dipping?
You see, I’m fairly good at having ideas – lots of them. I’m also good at positioning people to get things done — by identifying strengths and delegating accordingly.
But the challenge for me has always been in the finishing.
Why? Because I get bored easily.
Yes, I’m one of those visionary creative types that have a tendency to jump from one thing to the next out of sheer excitement at the possibilities to do and learn new things.
I’ve often wished it were not the case, but I’ve come to accept that that’s the way I’m wired. In fact, the last time I completed the Belbin Team Role assessment, Completer Finisher wasn’t one of my strengths.
No surprises there!
In fact, at the last time of completing the assessment, I came out as Plant, Shaper, Coordinator, and Teamworker in fairly equal measure. I know, you don’t need to say anything, I’m a bit of a strange mix!
That said, in growing more aware of my strengths and allowable weaknesses, I’ve become more conscious about how I approach tasks and projects.
So for example, I set deadlines for quick wins because I know that in doing so I’ll find it easier to persevere in moments when I’d otherwise be tempted to move onto something new and more exciting.
Finishing feels great!
But you and I know that finishing is key to our success in anything we do.
And though we might not be Olympic athletes like Bolt, we can relate to the feelings of elation that come from crossing the finish line and accomplishing our personal and professional goals.
We know that the rush of having achieved a long sought, and fought after goal, is fantastic.
Yet, we often don’t make it across the line, do we? Something gets in the way and for whatever reason, despite our best efforts and good intentions, we don’t accomplish what we’d hoped for.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Firstly, by avoiding some common goal setting mistakes we can set ourselves up for success. But also, by simply changing our mindset, we can begin the process of taking steps towards achieving all that’s most important to us.
The mindset of high achievers
Those who achieve great success, start the process by choosing to think differently. In fact, its the way successful people think that sets them apart from those who fail to accomplish as much.
It’s not intellect, resources, or even luck, that most determines what makes some people more successful than others, it’s mindset.
So here are a number of phrases that I recently came across from co-authors B. J. Gallagher and Steve Ventura stating what is most commonly said by high achievers. The first ten are theirs, the remaining ten my own.
Before reading them, it’s good to note that these types of statements, words, and phrases are key to your leadership success. So I’d encourage you to consider how frequently you use them.
Here they are:
- “I won’t wait for others to take the first step.”
- “If it is to be, it’s up to me.”
- “If not me, who?” If not now, when?”
- “Let me have a go at it.”
- “I will not pass the buck.”
- “You can count on me.”
- “It is my job.”
- “Just do it.”
- “I will.”
- “Leave that with me.”
- “I’ll get it done.”
- “What can I do to help?”
- “I can.”
- “I’m on it!”
- “I’ll handle that.”
- “That’s possible.”
- “Job done.”
To be a high achiever and accomplish the things that most matter in our lives, we need to become comfortable with making such statements to ourselves and others.
Each speaks of taking responsibility, of being proactive, and of being committed to finishing what we start. Equally, each is typical of, and necessary for, leadership effectiveness, growth, and most importantly, impact.
Questions to consider
Which of the phrases do you need to say more of? What other phrases or words would you add to the list?