photoI woke up this morning in a reflective mood. As I watched the sunrise I reflected upon strategies that I needed to engage or have engaged over the next few days in certain project and life areas. Each strategy is transferable to a variety of situations. Conduct your own reflection and apply where needed. I’ve collaborated with an expert (smile) to support my strategies. Enjoy!

1. Communication

In leadership and in life in general, talk about everything! When you stop talking or talking is regulated the great or not so great divide begins.  You are left with your own thoughts, emotions and assumptions. Establish rules for self expression in every environment.  Dr. Seuss said,   “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”  Leaders and mature people do not go with the flow. We seek truth and clarity through communication. It’s not always easy but it’s fair.

2. Consistency

In life and leadership we must be consistent. We become known for our consistency or inconsistency. You may NEVER stop what you start especially if its effective and captivating. Everyone wants to be captivated.  Think about the last time you were captivated…. now think about when it stopped….. Consistency is paramount, be 360 degrees consistent in actions, behavior and character. Being consistent doesn’t mean you don’t throw in an element of surprise and intrigue every now and again.  It does mean that your actions, behavior and character are consistent. No emotional flip-flops, cave experiences or “my representative has left the room and this is the real me now”. You may always add to but when you take from – this creates a huge gap and may hinder communication.

3. Awareness

Dr. Seuss says, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn the more places you’ll go.”  I relate this to awareness because just like we increase our knowledge and growth through reading, we also increase our knowledge and growth of others by being aware.  Everyone likes to be noticed but especially when we don’t know it. This is how you get to truly experience who a person is and where they are, if and when you notice the little things, the true things. It’s easy to miss awareness because we move so fast and have a million distractions. Nevertheless, the key to awareness is to have a desire to learn a deeper level of a situation, person or environment. Awareness leads to understanding and is a tool of communication. You cannot be, aware, unfocused, distracted, not present, and aloof at the same time.

4. Change…the problem isn’t remaining the same it’s having the courage to change.

I guess you can tell by now I think Dr. Seuss was a genius. So here is another quote.  “I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!”  Humans are not as complex as we’d like to think we are. We are creatures of habit and bad experiences if anything. We like what we like, and want what we want, when we want it.  However, when we are in a situation that sparks a need for adjustment or change for the good of all concerned we cling to our rules, and the old way. Recognizing the need or having the desire to recalibrate demonstrates growth, maturity and leadership.  Stop struggling with staying the same or holding onto a behavior that will create a gap later.  If the person, situation or environment is important enough make the change and don’t look back. Change is stimulated by awareness (and importance).

5. Be Action Oriented and Solution Focused!

Tony Robbins said, “I’ve come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy.”  Don’t dwell on the past, it has a purpose and that is to help us grow (if we are aware).  Make wrongs right and forge ahead to a bright future. Dwelling on the past stifles growth and creates anger and resentment. Let go of yesterday, the reality is you can’t do anything about it and, I can promise you there is more to come on tomorrow.  Denis Waitley said, “learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now.” Don’t get stuck, move ahead with action, solutions and focus which are paramount to any situation and environment.  Stop wasting time, take a stand, find a solution, and move forward.  “And will you succeed? Yes indeed, yes indeed! Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed!” (Dr. Seuss).

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Dr. Taunya A. Lowe is the CEO of The Resurgent Group of Metro Atlanta, LLC and Director of Leadership Development for The Impact Experience, LLC, a human services and leadership development consulting firm located outside Atlanta, GA.  Speaker, trainer, coach, with the John Maxwell Team, author, professor, entrepreneur, and, the Siegel Institute for Ethics, Leadership and Character 2013 Phenomenal Woman. She is a skilled change agent with a focus on developing people and organizations. She enjoys combining her photography and writing to motivate, inspire and lead people toward growth and change. Order her debut book, Wanna Start a Riot? Change. www.wannastartariotchange.eventbrite.com   To learn more, visit our website http://www.theresurgentgroup.com