A Growth Mindset is vital for success in today's fast changing, disrupted workplace.
To put a growth mindset into practice so it becomes a habit, I developed my "CHAMPION" process. I have used this process to achieve in several start up’s & numerous business ventures or career changes that necessitated me to make a change and up skill over the past few years. CHAMPION is acronym for:
C Chunk it down
H Have a go
A Assess your results
M Mindset maintenance
P Hang out with the right people
I Investigate the best
O Own the outcome
N Never give in
People often overestimate what they can achieve in 12 months, yet underestimate what they can achieve in three years. Very often they have a well-thought-out, achievable goal, but give up on it because they didn’t achieve it in the unrealistic time frame they allocated to it. One way to avoid this is to break the goal down into manageable chunks, which can be completed before moving on to the next one. Learn to celebrate each step. Remember to achieve your impossible goal, start with the first step that is possible!
Positive thinking is great, but positive doing is when the magic happens. Having a go means not just having a go once; you need to keep having a go, again and again, learning each time and noting your progress. Think back to when you learned to ride a bike, drive a car, surf, or play netball. It took effort and repetition, and only with persistence were you able to master the activity. You were persistent then, so you know you can do it this time too. The Design Thinking strategy of Build-Test-learn is perfect here.
There has never been a truer saying than ‘what gets measured gets done’. When we know what we are aiming at and how we’re tracking its so much easier to achieve our goals. Metrics need to be clear, concise and easy to assess. I also believe in transparency: you should share your metrics with a coach or mentor so they can keep you honest about how you are going. In a team environment John C Maxwell calls this the Law of the Scoreboard. You must continue to understand what the metrics are and then check in to see if you are on-track or off-track and make changes accordingly.
It’s not just a matter of getting your mindset right once and then forgetting about it. As you take action, you must continually reevaluate your mindset and make sure you are still on track. Being entrepreneurial can also be lonely and full of self doubt and this can stop a worthy pursuit. Try and spend some time daily with positive messages and positive people that inspire you. This can be through a podcast, event, sporting activity. The key is to smooth out the super highs of success and the depth of the downturns when a poor result eventuates.
In my experience, motivation is 50 per cent ourselves and 50 per cent the people we hang out with. The take-out is this: if your current network of friends, family or work colleagues is not supporting you and encouraging you to grow, you will never have the opportunity to be who you could be. You need to seek out those who believe in you and your goals and can encourage and guide you on your journey.
Once you have a goal or dream and are committed to it, part of your strategy should be to find out who does it best in the world and study them. Because we live in Australia this might mean taking some overseas trips. But the internet, podcasts and webinars and Ted talks are also a great source here. A key is to master what the world's best are doing now before changing it to suit your own opinions. Get good first, then change it up.
If you want to become a true Possibility Leader, you must always take active responsibility for your actions – whatever the result. If you get a positive result, be happy for yourself for putting in all the effort and work that went into it. Don’t play it down, and don’t let anyone steal the glory. But, if it all goes horribly wrong, don’t look for someone to blame. Take responsibility, admit your error and then get on with locking down the learning and move on.
You will be tested. There will be negative people. There will always be critics and those people who woulda, coulda, shoulda but haven’t . You need to have self belief, resilience and pure grit sometimes. Steve Jobs said we need to believe that all dots will connect down the road to give us the confidence to follow our heart.
Rob Hartnett is the CEO of The Hartnett Group, an independent Executive Director of The John Maxwell Team and author of “It’s All Possible – How to lead an epic life and unleash the high-performance hero within”
Rob is an Advisory Partner at Global Sales Performance Company Miller Heiman Group. He is a seven times Global Presidents Club Winner. He is the author of three books on Business Growth and has appeared on a number of TV, Radio and Media channels on the subject of top line business performance. Rob is a former world & state champion yachtsman, a passionate cyclist, motorsport follower and an advocate for Men's Health. Rob holds a Bachelor of Business and a Post Graduate in Applied Finance & Investment from RMIT University and the Securities Institute of Australia and is a certified coach in Leadership with the John Maxwell Team.