Have you ever heard the saying “a picture’s worth a thousand words?”
It comes from the idea that sometimes a picture can better articulate in one image what would take a lot more words to describe.
A picture conveys a message through the image which allows the receiver to feel what it means to them. They can really see the elements that are there which shape their own perception and emotion of the picture.
So using saying as inspiration, I’m curious… what's the picture of your leadership practice?
You see, the clearer you are in where you want to be, the more likely you’re gonna get there.
Let me talk through how I see this.
Think about where you are right now.
Your current state in your business or organization. Your current assessment of how you're showing up and engaging as a leader.
What does it currently look like?
What does it currently feel like?
Is it ideal or do you feel frustrated?
If it's not where you'd like it to be, what's missing?
How are you engaging and showing up currently?
If you were to create a mental image of where you are right now – where your business or organization is – that’s the current picture.
So now, let’s shift and think about how would you describe your business or organization a year from now? 3 years from now? 5 years from now?
What does it look like?
What does it feel like?
How would you engage and show up?
For me what helps to create this picture is daydreaming…. No filters – no holding back or questioning if it’s really gonna happen – just allowing my creativity to flow.
Whatever comes up, can you see what it would look like or feel like?
Good – write it down someplace where you’ll refer to it. For me, I voice them into my phone as well as write them at the beginning of each journal I use.
Now that you have an idea of where you are and where you want to be, you can make adjustments so that you change the picture to become more of the one you want to experience.
I encourage you to make one tweak today that helps shift you from your current picture to the future picture. Your willingness to embrace change and make steps – even when they are small – will start setting the stage for a new picture. The leadership picture you want for yourself.
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