Elevate Your Leadership with “Being” versus “Doing” Resolutions

Thanks to Natalie Froistad of FOX 21 TV  for interviewing me about character based resolutions.

2018 is here and yScreenshot-2018-1-5 Life Coach Presents Tips on Being the Best You in 2018 - Fox21Onlineou may be thinking about New Years Resolutions. According to behavior change researcher John Norcross of the University of Scranton, about half of the population makes resolutions each year, with the most popular being weight loss, improving finances, exercising and getting a new job.

This year, change things up and commit to a character driven resolution. Think about who you want to “be” versus what you want to “do”. This elevated mindset will help you become the best version of yourself as a leader. Here is the process:

1. What leadership character trait(s) do you want to be more of as a leader? Such as:

  • Kind
  • Approachable
  • Resilient
  • Focused
  • Patient
  • Bold
  • Optimistic
  • Integrity driven
    1. Why is this important to you?

    Write down the reasons why you aspire to be a character driven leader. As an example if you want to be kinder, clarify what this means to you: such as not being so hard on yourself and others when mistakes are made, or being more understanding of people’s problems or being less judgmental of your coworkers. Then ask yourself “What is it costing me if I don’t improve?” Review these reasons daily to keep your desire strong.

    1. Apply mental conditioning

    Just like going to the gym to build muscles, consistent mental conditioning helps strengthen new behaviors. If you choose to be kinder, visualize what kindness is like when it radiates from you. For instance, when you think about an upcoming meeting how will you be kinder to those with differing opinions when you disagree? Or how will you react with kindness and problem solving versus anger when someone drops the ball? This mental practice will help keep kindness in the forefront of your mind and available when needed.

    1. Assess your progress with reflection

    Research shows that self reflection aids performance. At night before you sleep assess what went well, what you learned and what you would do differently next time to be your best self. Over time, you will become more of the leader that you choose to be.

    The most important resolution you can ever make is to resolve  to “be” the best version of yourself.

    Pam Solberg-Tapper