Leadership is all about the creation of a very unique vision and staying inspired and committed to see to it that you reach whatever vision you had set. The process of having to stay inspired and committed to a particular cause is what most at times presents the problems as there is the tendency for an individual to lose focus and even interest in something that he or she has envisioned. It is very normal to lose interest in something that you are doing especially when it presents any of the reasons below;
- Taking too long than you anticipated
- Draining you of much energy than you are willing to put in
- Presenting you with new obstacles day in and day out
- When the obstacles seem to outweigh the benefits
These are just some of the main reasons that get most people to lose interest in whatever they set down to do and it happens all the time but it is the ability of an individual being able to re-motivate him or herself that in the end makes the difference between an inspired leader and a leader who just lost his or her way and backed out of the targets that he or she had set. It is not as if any of those successful leaders or people who are either dead or alive never faced such discouraging situations in their life. They all had their fair share of discouragements but were more than ready to keep on motivating themselves and being a source of inspiration to others even when they do not have any interest in what they are doing. A clear example of such a person is Jesus Christ who went through various kinds of situations which should have persuaded him to turn away from the path that he had chosen but he was able to stay committed. Nelson Mandela is also another of such leaders and even after he had been imprisoned and maltreated, he was still willing to forge on and reach the destination that he has set in his mind and heart.
Below are some ways through which you can switch from an unhappy condition or state to one that presents you with lots of inspiration and helps you to stay committed to the path that you have chosen for yourself.
Control your internal states: As a leader, you are always presented with a number of problems that relate to each and every aspect of life. When these problems are added to the heightened emotions that you will be feeling at any particular point in time there is the possibility of becoming disoriented and totally losing interest in what you have started. The emotions of an individual plays a major role in his or her ability to stay committed and inspired by whatever he or she is doing and so when these emotions are allowed to boil over the outcome is never pleasant. People lose focus and cannot even find a single reason why they should keep on with what they are doing. It is therefore very important that you are able to keep your emotions under lock and key so that they do not interfere with the task you are executing.
Let your thoughts be guided: It is said that a person is what he or she mostly thinks and as such you should be in a position to check the things that you think of even when you are alone. The thoughts of every human being are a very powerful tool that can make or break you if not guided well. As a leader, you should always see to it that your thoughts are centred or focused on achieving the targets and what alternative things can be done in order to reach those goals. This will make sure that you are always focused on the task at hand since your mind will help create that unbreakable connection between you and the goal that has been set. Always thinking of what could go wrong with the work you are doing is one way of trying your best to invite discouragement into your life.
Initiate changes in your external environment: Most at the structures that are present do not allow us to be focused in what we are doing and this therefore calls for necessary changes to be made to the physical environment which comprises of everything around you. Make some bold decisions to stay away from certain things and people and observe the tremendous changes that will take place in your life.
At this juncture, you have learnt of three most important ways through which you can change from an unhappy state in life to an inspired and a motivated one.
About the author: Jeff Evans, Ph.D. I am CEO of Envision Global Leadership, Inc., a leadership development and organization development consulting firm focused on change navigation.