How do you get good at doing hard things? How do you master doing hard things?
We as leaders always have to do hard things. We have tough decisions to make. We have to have difficult conversations. We have to set a vision, a bold vision of where our teams or companies are going, and that isn’t easy. And as I like to say, the only way to get good at doing hard things is to do hard things, and you can do it even if it means taking a little bit of a risk, getting a little bit vulnerable, failing, even that is how we get good at doing hard things.
And the better we get at doing hard things, the more resilient we’ll be and the more successful we’ll become. Why? Because most people don’t take risks. They don’t put themselves out there to do big things, make a big impact, or see what’s possible. They don’t bet on themselves. Many will never live up to their full potential as leaders because they’re too busy playing it safe. They want to make sure that everything is just smooth sailing. If you want to be an impactful leader who changes the lives of your employees, customer, industry, and world, you have to make bold moves. You must learn how to do hard things.
You’ve got to be resilient, not just bounce back, but bounce forward. Life punches all of us in the face. And the way that we respond to it is what sets us apart, and it’s what allows us to either learn precious lessons or help us make the changes we need in our lives, our teams, and our companies.
Or we can say, “Ooh, I will never do that again.” And become risk-averse. But, we only have one life to live, and in this day in age when everything is so crazy, let’s just go for it.
Let’s make a significant impact, a positive impact. Let’s bring people together and do bold things. Let’s be great leaders, which means taking some risks.
1. Have a vision and a bold vision. You have to know where you want to go.
2. Be willing to expand your competency zone.
3. Get comfortable with being transparent and being a little bit vulnerable.
4. Step into the discomfort of having challenging conversations or making tough decisions.
5. Own your mistakes and be willing to admit when you are wrong.
The world needs you to show up as your whole self, your bold self, your authentic self, your leadership self, and you must get good at doing hard things. You’ve got to get more comfortable with doing hard things. And the only way to do it is just to jump in there and do it.
Question of the Week
My question of the week came from somebody on LinkedIn saying, “Kerry, how do you delegate? I’ve tried delegating, failed at it, and feel like I try to control things too much. How do you delegate properly?
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