Michael Daly

Author, Speaker, Mentor

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Self-leadership, staying on track and achieving your goals.

Self-leadership, staying on track and achieving your goals will often mean that there will be a danger that as you are about to achieve your goals, you will get pulled back. If faced with the option of either standing out or fitting in, the only decision really is whether to go for it and run the risk of getting dragged down or stay where you are in life.

Choosing to either fit in or stand out can be a really tough decision either way. When faced with difficulties or problems as you pursue your goals, self-leaders ask themselves intuitively: “What gift does this difficulty or problem hide?” They note the answer, which may be something like a new way of thinking, a new way of doing something or the opportunity to take a risk.
They understand that determination and stamina are required, when faced with difficulties or problems that have been caused either by their own making or because of some bad luck. When setting out to achieve their goals, self-leaders do not go out of their way to make life any harder than it has to be. They look for the path of least resistance. However, this does not stop them from taking difficult decisions and staying determined to see them through in the pursuit of the life they want to live.
If your instinct is to try and avoid dealing with a difficulty or problem, then the next time you are confronted with such a situation, do your utmost to maintain your energy and commitment to stay determined to step up to the challenge and overcome the difficulty or problem you face. If you do this, you might just find yourself tackling difficulties and problems as they arise with more drive and enthusiasm.

We all have fears and more so when pursuing the life, we really want to live, many of which we are unaware of. The first step is to become aware and accept that these fears can be rational or irrational. Regardless of whether they are rational or irrational, they are always personal to us as individuals. Remember, all ‘fear’ really stands for is: False Expectations Appearing Real

If you want to lessen your fears, once you are aware of them, you will have to face them. There really is no simple solution. Moving beyond a fear requires you to bring reason to the situation, along with courage and determination. If confrontation is something you fear, then the more you have to deal with it, and stay determined to do so, the less fear it will hold. If you accept the situations in which you find yourself and work at converting them into something positive – which is not easily done – this can have really positive results in your life and work.

The Dubs, self-leadership and achieving your goals

The Dubs, self-leadership and achieving your goals in September. You may well ask what’s this all about then. While it’s great to achieve your goals, for the self-leader it’s as much about how you do achieve them.

The Dublin football team have been working towards this day since they last picked up the Sam Maguire in September of 2017.
They knew just like Mark Twain that the secret of getting ahead was by getting started at the right time. And the secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.

Like all Self-leaders they know that having a vision (of winning the All-Ireland) means more than just bringing the cup back home. It is as much about how they were going to get there. This is why it is vital to have a personal mission statement that supports the vision of what it is you want to achieve.

When there is an understanding of where you want to go with your life and work, and how you want to get there, then it is possible to review and recommit to it frequently. When you have a real and genuine sense of ownership over how it is you are going to achieve your vision, you will be much more upbeat and enthusiastic about the journey ahead. The most effective way to achieve what you have set out to do is to develop a personal mission statement. This focuses on what you want to be and the values or principles you want to follow in pursuit of your vision. The mission statement itself might be very short, perhaps not more than a sentence or paragraph. But development of the mission statement should grow out of deep introspection and a great deal of reflection. In a short and distinct way, the mission statement needs to answer the following question: “How will you live as a person as you move forward to reach the vision you have for your life and work?”

It is better to follow your own life’s mission, however imperfectly, than to assume the life mission of another person, however successfully.
The Bhaghavad Gita

A personal mission statement based on good principles will set out the way you want to live your life and the standards you aspire to live by. It can serve as a personal constitution or charter, as the foundation for making major life and work decisions. It will help you build a firm grounding on which to achieve your vision for the future and remind you how you will get there.

Having a written mission statement will give you a focus, keep you on track or get you back on track if you do stray.

A mission statement will have the following positive effects:

• It will act as a great mechanism for your long-term development as a person.
• It will support you in everyday decision-making.
• It will motivate and arouse positive emotion.

Having a written mission statement will provide a focus and keep you pointed in the right direction, reminding you where it is you want to get to and how it is you want to get there. It will allow you to flow with changes. Having your mission statement written down allows you to look at it regularly and make any necessary changes and improvements as you grow and develop both personally and professionally.

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