Unpopular opinion: leadership is not a popularity contest, nor are you entitled to be a dick because you are a leader. While many sell “the cuddly leader” as the preferred form of leadership, we mustn’t forget that all involved in a collaborative effort should be striving towards a common goal, and that sometimes means that harshness and assertiveness are needed to enable team members to be the best versions of themselves.
Reposting in my own words (thanks ChatGPR for the previous post), tackling the struggle of making progress in goal-seeking is no joke. A methodical, habit-inducing approach to both professional as well as personal goal-seeking might just be the key to getting the first ticks on the board and unlocking the potential for a quality-of-life improving practice.
Goals play an essential role in our lives, providing direction, motivation, and a sense of purpose. However, many people often make the mistake of setting achievable goals, rather than making them real. Making goals real means making them challenging, aspirational, and meaningful, tapping into our intrinsic motivation, creating a sense of purpose and meaning, building resilience and perseverance, and helping us achieve more success and fulfillment in life.
Sure, we get hit by a virus from time to time. But how long to we want to neglect taking the equivalent of Vitamin C for the much more frequent aggressors to our mental health, such as worries on the job, stress, marital problems, financial woes, etc.? The dangerous prejudice that therapy is “only for crazy” people impedes prevention and proactive thinking towards maintaining strong mental health.
Increasing productivity through automation is often mistaken for a skill. Effectively, it is best implemented and executed as a mindset that improves many of the repetitive and frustrating aspects of our lives.
Developing and nurturing both personal and professional relationships to the point where the inability to do something unassisted is not seen as a form of failure is key to collaboratively reaching goals. In short: asking for help might just be one of the most underrated skills to have.