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It's Time to 'Go for It'

Academic journal article Manager

It's Time to 'Go for It'

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I was recently reminded of a cartoon I once saw. It showed an angel looking thoroughly bored as he guarded the pearly gates of Heaven. Why was he bored? Because nobody was coming his way. Yet across the road, there was a mile long queue of people wanting to hear a speech being given on 'How to get into Heaven'.

This is absolutely relevant to management and leadership theory. We study, we get qualifications, we congratulate ourselves on our knowledge. Then we move on and get another qualification and so on. What's missing is putting it into action - or in my terminology - practising. And why don't we practise? Because we've been trained up to think that if we study, debate and analyse hard enough, then we'll get there. But what we've forgotten is that intellect isn't enough. At some stage, we've got to 'go for it'.

So what does 'going for if mean? In the work I do, this is about helping people get really clear on what's important to them and then using that as a springboard to identify the future they want. Once they've done that, I help them work out how to bring their best to their endeavours so that they make the impact they want. And this is what requires practice - continually being aware that it is not what you know, but rather how you bring yourself to your activities and endeavours that will determine whether you achieve the breakthroughs that matter to you.

So how can you practise bringing your best self to the projects that matter to you?

1. Take a bit of time and write down what you are like when you are at your best. Write down all the qualities that you bring into a room when you are feeling good about yourself. Reflect on the beliefs that drive you when you are performing well. …

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