The 5 Beliefs Every Leader Needs to Adopt

A male hand in a blue shirt uniform launches a paper airplane.

Leaders set the tone, the direction, and the energy for a team.  

Now more than ever, leaders like you must embrace the opportunities presented and choose to lead your teams, businesses, and even families more effectively. While there are all kinds of skills, capabilities, and competencies great leaders must possess, there is something not discussed enough: beliefs.

Researchers have a difficult time agreeing on a common definition of belief. Here is my favorite: A belief is a reinforced pattern in your brain.

This definition is important because it shows that we aren’t born with beliefs; they’re developed when certain things are reinforced and become patterns in our brains.  

Based on our research of thousands of leaders, we’ve found that the best leaders carry a few common beliefs with them each day regardless of the circumstances they face.  

  1. Good Things Will Happen
  2. Failure is Not Final; Failure is Feedback 
  3. Patience is a Virtue  
  4. No One is a Finished Product 
  5. Everyone is Created for a Bigger Purpose 

Good Things Will Happen 

Jon Gordon, author of the new book The Garden, famously said, “Being positive won’t guarantee you’ll succeed. But being negative will guarantee you won’t.” Tony Robbins backed him up:

“Stop being afraid of what could go wrong, and start being excited about what could go right.”

As easy as that is to say, believing good things will happen, and choosing positivity is difficult. The reason is simple; recent research from Trevor Moawad found that negativity is 4-7 times more powerful than positivity. When you say something negative out loud, it’s 40-70 times more likely to end with a negative result than if you didn’t say anything.

If you don’t think this way, whether you haven’t developed it through experiences or your upbringing, the great news is you can change your beliefs. Start with daily the habit called the Rule of 3 Positives. The rule is simple. Each day, write down three positive things you did or experienced. 

Failure is Not Final; Failure is Feedback

Achieving business success isn’t easy, regardless of your industry. Great leaders not only know this, but they embrace it. Casey Crawford, the CEO of Movement Mortgage (who helped build one of the strongest mortgage companies in America from zero employees to over 4,000) said it well, “Nothing is easy about going somewhere you haven’t gone before.”

A breakthrough isn’t going to happen without some failure along the way. I wrote about Callaway Golf CEO Chip Brewer’s story in Building the Best. He told his team early in their transformational journey, “I do not care how we have to do it and how many things we have to fail on, we aren’t going to launch products that aren’t demonstratively superior and pleasingly different.”

Brewer believed failure was not final; failure is feedback. Carry this belief in order to go somewhere you haven’t gone before. 

Patience is a Virtue

Patience is hard for many people, and it’s become even harder in the world of “what have you done for me lately.” 

The word patience means the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset. The keywords here are to “accept or tolerate delay.” This doesn’t mean you shy away from aggressive goals, but that you’re willing to accept or tolerate delay because you know you’re playing the long game.  

This mindset allows you to make decisions that are in the long-term best interest instead of the short-term.  

No One is a Finished Product

We have all heard the saying, “leaders are learners.” We all know it because it’s true. If you think you’ve got it all figured out, you have the wrong mindset. 

Take Tiger Woods as an example. He was the most dominant golfer in the history of the game from 1999-2001. Instead of resting on his laurels, he rebuilt his golf swing not once or twice but three times over the span of 20 years in his quest to keep learning and growing.  

Ensure you and your team know no one is ever a finished product. Once a team or organization has a growth mindset, the possibilities are endless. 

Everyone is Created for a Bigger Purpose

For some people, “purpose” feels like a righteous or elitist word. But being able to persevere through tough times or challenge your team to new heights often requires a deeper purpose or cause.  

Dr. Miles Munroe said, “you must believe, deep inside of you, that you were born to do more than survive, make a living, and die. You were created with a gift inside of you; your job is to find that gift and serve it to the world.”

The best leaders not only know this, but they lean into it. They spend the time, energy, and effort to determine their deeper purpose and connect their team to a deeper cause beyond just making money.  

Closing

While all leaders who have had success might not have the exact same beliefs, there is a good chance many carry these five with them each day. Since beliefs are a reinforced pattern in your brain, you can adopt these beliefs. They aren’t only meant for the select few. 

What are the beliefs do you carry that help you be an effective leader that aren’t on the list?

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About the Author: John Eades is the CEO of LearnLoft, a leadership development company making virtual training easy and effective. He was named one of LinkedIn’s Top Voices in Management & Workplace. John is also the author of  Building the Best: 8 Proven Leadership Principles to Elevate Others to Success and host of the “Follow My Lead” Podcast, a show that transfers stories and best practices from today’s leaders to the leaders of tomorrow. You follow him on Instagram @johngeades.

Why Being Excited About Your Work Will Accelerate Your Success

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“People want to see other people be excited about something.”

In season 26 episode 5, Tamsen Webster joins the show.  She is a speaker, coach, and power communicator. 


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Excitement Matters

Being excited about your work is underrated. Most people go about their workday, checking the proverbial box. This is precisely why those professionals who are excited about the work they do or the content they present stand out from those who aren’t.

The word excitement is defined by Webster’s as; having, showing, or characterized by a heightened state of energy, enthusiasm, eagerness.

Having more energy than the average professional is a real competitive advantage. Tamsen Webster knows a thing or two about competitive advantages. As a speaker and coach, she is continually looking for even the smallest slivers of competitive advantages to help her own business and her clients. She gave a masterclass on the importance of excitement on the Follow My Lead Podcast.

Great Quotes about Excitement

“No one will ever be as excited about your content as you are”

Tamsen Webster

“People want to see other people be excited about something.”

Tamsen Webster

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“You don’t get to choose people’s interpretation of you, all you get to choose is the experiences you offer to them.”

Tamsen Webster

How to Get Excited

Clearly being excited about your work matters. However, most people struggle to get excited about anything but their favorite sports team or a beloved hobby. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Here are a few strategies to help you get excited at work.

  1. Find Something Small In Your Job to Get Excited About – Instead of trying to get excited about every single part of your job, look smaller. Start by looking at something you get the opportunity to do that you like and want to do more of. For some people, this might make up 10% of their job, and for others, it could make up 90%. Regardless of where you fall, the key is to find one thing and find ways to develop your skills in that area so you can do more of it.
  2. Take a Part of Your Job and Make it Your Own – One of the secret strategies of being excited about something is taking something given to you and making it your own. As Tamsen Webster said, “Find what is interesting to you and make it your own.” A coaching client of mine is in sales. He didn’t like prospecting, but instead of complaining about it, he customized his call and email scripts and made a game out so he could get excited about it every day.
  3. Use Your Own Excitement Meter – Some people wake up excited about everything. But if I have learned anything in my work with leaders, it’s to compare yourself to the best version of you and not anyone else. As C.S. Lewis said, “comparison is the thief of joy.” Your excitement might not reach the levels of someone else’s, but it doesn’t mean it’s not essential for you to be successful.

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About the Author: John Eades is the CEO of LearnLoft, a leadership development company making virtual training easy and effective. He was named one of LinkedIn’s Top Voices in Management & Workplace. John is also the author of  Building the Best: 8 Proven Leadership Principles to Elevate Others to Success and host of the “Follow My Lead” Podcast, a show that transfers stories and best practices from today’s leaders to the leaders of tomorrow. You follow him on Instagram @johngeades.

How to Believe in Yourself in Order to Lead

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“Without self-belief, there is no leadership.”

In season 26 episode 4, John Eades covers the important topic of developing your self-belief. 


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Your self-belief is one of the most critical factors in determining how successful you will be in life. But don’t just take it from me. Some of the all-time greats in business and sports have shed some light on the importance of belief and confidence.

Quotes to Remember About Self-Belief

Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.

Henry Ford

“One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.”

Arthur Ashe

“To excel at the highest level—or any level, really—you need to believe in yourself, and hands down, one of the biggest contributors to my self-confidence has been private coaching.”

Stephen Curry

Confidence is the most important single factor in this game.

Jack Nicklaus

What is Belief?

Researchers have had a difficult time agreeing on a common definition of belief. To ensure we are on the same page, here is my favorite: A belief is nothing more than a reinforced pattern in your brain.

This is important because it shows that we aren’t born with beliefs; they are developed when certain things are reinforced and become a pattern in our brain. The reason this is such a big deal is that you can reprogram your brain to reinforce new patterns.

Bandura’s Theory

There has been some incredible work done in the last 50 years about self-belief and why it’s so important. Positivepsycology.com has been leading the way. In a recent article, they detail the work of Dr. Albert Bandura and what came to be known as Bandura’s Theory.

Bandura’s theory states that self-efficacy is built on one’s beliefs in the likelihood of future success; those who believe they have the ability to influence the events of their lives have high self-efficacy, while those who feel they are not in control and have little to no impact on what will happen to them in the future have low self-efficacy (Bandura, 1977).”

The key here is you must own your beliefs.

How to Improve Your Self-Belief

Recognize Negative Thoughts.

We all have negative thoughts that pass through our heads. Instead of trying to ensure we never have them, the key is not to give them oxygen.   Simply recognize the thoughts for what they are and replace them with something better. This will allow positive beliefs to become a reinforced pattern in our brain instead of the negative ones.   

Challenge Yourself to Do Something You Have Never Done.

A coaching client I was working with is one of the highest achievers I have ever met, but she was struggling with belief during the pandemic. Instead of allowing this struggle to continue, I reminded her, nothing will grow belief more than achievement.  She loved this idea, so she challenged herself to do something outside of her comfort zone. 

Now only did she sign up for the Ultimate Leadership Academy, but she committed to making ten prospecting calls a day with a new attitude and a new script. It wasn’t until her fifth day that the challenge paid off. She closed one of her most significant accounts to date all because she challenged herself to achieve.

Embrace the Failure.

Since achievement improves belief, challenging yourself to do things you have never done will inevitably result in some degree of failure. While those failures hurt at the moment, “Failure is not final, failure is feedback.” 

Show you courage and determination to not allow those failures to make you quit. Instead turn them into to fuel to keep you learning and growing. Winston Churchhill famously said, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

Closing

Beliefs are nothing more than a reinforced pattern in your brain. To lead yourself and others, it requires a pattern of good thoughts being reinforced on an ongoing basis. One of my favorite strategies to help with this is a simple phrase you can say to yourself every morning, “I am built for this.” Give it a try each day, so it becomes a new pattern in your brain.

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About the Author: John Eades is the CEO of LearnLoft, a leadership development company making virtual training easy and effective. He was named one of LinkedIn’s Top Voices in Management & Workplace. John is also the author of  Building the Best: 8 Proven Leadership Principles to Elevate Others to Success and host of the “Follow My Lead” Podcast, a show that transfers stories and best practices from today’s leaders to the leaders of tomorrow. You follow him on Instagram @johngeades.

Why Your Dreams Are Possible With Relentless Drive

Dream

“Have purpose in everything that you do.”

In season 26 episode 3, we are joined by Aaron Golub. He was the first legally blind college football player.


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Close your right eye. Now as you look at these words through your left eye, bring your left thumb and pointer finger together to create a small circle about the size of a dime. If you were to add a blur that would barely allow you to see this screen, you would be approaching the eyesight, Aaron Golub has had his whole life.

Golub joined us me on the Follow My Lead podcast to discuss his amazing story of being the first legally blind player to play college football. Not only will his story inspire you but it will have you thinking about the 3P’s to achieve your dreams.

  1. Planning – Setting a clear goal and objective for your dreams is the only way to start
  2. Passion – Taking the initiative to act on your plan each day and being excited about it will fuel achievement
  3. Perseverance – Having the will to never give up and work harder than anyone else in the room is the only path to success.

Our Favorite Quotes From the Show

“If you have the drive, there is nothing you can’t accomplish if you want it bad enough.”

“If you aren’t consistent you aren’t going to see the results.”

“Anything is possible.”  

“If you are struggling to find a passion lock into helping other people.  You will be amazed at the light that comes from it.”

John Eades

“Don’t walk in a room and not be the hardest working person in the room.”

“Shifting your mindset to believe you can accomplish anything will help you break through any obstacle.”

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About the Author John Eades is the CEO of LearnLoft, a leadership development company making virtual training easy and effective. He was named one of LinkedIn’s Top Voices in Management & Workplace. John is also the author of Building the Best: 8 Proven Leadership Principles to Elevate Others to Success and host of the “Follow My Lead” Podcast, a show that transfers stories and best practices from today’s leaders to the leaders of tomorrow. He is currently scheduling virtual workshops and keynotes. You follow him on Instagram @johngeades.

How to Master Your Communication

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“You have to be an effective communicator, if you want to succeed in life.”

In season 26 episode 2, we are joined by Steve Herz.  He is the Founder of IF Management, President of The Montag Group, and author of Don’t Take Yes For An Answer.  


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How to Master Communication

To get people to want to follow you and join you on your journey, you must be able to speak to your audience. James Humes said it best, ” the art of communication is the language of leadership.” It’s impossible to be a highly effective leader without being a great communicator.

A significant communication skills gap was identified in a recent study by LinkedIn of human resources recruiters and hiring managers. Of the respondents, 94 percent said a person with good experience and exceptional communication skills is more likely to be elevated to a position of leadership than someone with more experience but weaker communication skills.

In Building the Best, I highlighted the 3 C’s of Successful Communication. Your words have to be:

  • Clear
  • Concise
  • Conclusive

Regardless of whether you are using spoken or written words, every message should pass through the 3C’s test.

A Proven Alternative Approach

In Steve Herz’s new book, Don’t Take Yes for An Answer, he described an alternative communication strategy called AWE. It stands for:

  • Authority – Earns other people’s respect
  • Warmth – Earns other peoples affection and trust
  • Energy – Compels other people to follow

“Developing AWE is the single greatest factor in determining whether you plateau or continue on to reach high levels of success”

Steve Herz

Closing

Regardless of what method of communication you buy into, the major lesson is being an effective communicator is a key to your success. It will help you in your career, in your marriage, and with personal relationships.

Prepare and practice to master your communication by asking yourself: How can I be clear, concise, conclusive and do it with authority, warmth, and energy!

About the Author John Eades is the CEO of LearnLoft, a leadership development company making virtual training easy and effective. He was named one of LinkedIn’s Top Voices in Management & Workplace. John is also the author of Building the Best: 8 Proven Leadership Principles to Elevate Others to Success and host of the “Follow My Lead” Podcast, a show that transfers stories and best practices from today’s leaders to the leaders of tomorrow. He is currently scheduling virtual workshops an keynotes. Learn more about the talks. You follow him on Instagram @johngeades.

Why Now is the Time to Be Your Best

Time is fleeting

“The average person goes to his grave with the music still in him.” Oliver Wendel Holmes

In previous episodes of the Follow My Lead Podcast, we covered how to handle adversity, how to find good in tough times, and how to use ambition to fuel your success. In the latest episode, John Eades covers why now is the time for you to be the best you can be.  But not just any kind of action, actions that make a positive daily deposit. 


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Why Now is the Time to Be Your Best

When it comes to people taking action, most people delay. They tell themselves they will start tomorrow. Unfortunately, tomorrow comes and goes and they never take action. Oliver Wendel Holmes said it best, “The average person goes to his grave with the music still in him.”

It’s easier to take action and ensure you don’t go to your grave with music still in your when you realize: In your hands, you hold the seeds of failure or the potential for greatness.  Your hands are capable but they must be used – and for the right things to reap the rewards you are capable of attaining. 

Positive and Negative Daily Deposits

In order to take action and reach your potential for greatness it requires you to make positive daily deposits into the 4 primary areas of your life

  1. Work
  2. Faith
  3. Fitness
  4. Family / Relationships

Conversely, As Arthur Brooks talks about, there places you don’t want to make deposits.  

  1. Money
  2. Power
  3. Pleasure
  4. Fame

While there is nothing necessarily wrong with any of these by themselves, if you are making negative deposits into these accounts for those reasons alone, you won’t be taking action in the right way.  You will be on the road to nowhere, chasing and chasing and chasing this fleeting thing called happiness. 

We are all susceptible to falling into bad habits and making deposits into negative accounts No one, is immune from it.  

But if you believe now is the time to take action for you, and you don’t want to go to the grave with music still inside you, now is the day to reevaluate where you are putting your deposits and start making them into the right accounts.  

Here are 4 questions I want you to ask yourself:

  1.  Did you do all you could yesterday to move work forward and the direction you want your career to go?
  2. Whatever your belief system, did you make a deposit into your spiritual life? 
  3. Did you get 20 minutes of physical activity today? 
  4. Did you give your family and or friends purposefully present time? 

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About the Author John Eades is the CEO of LearnLoft, a leadership development company making victual training easy and effective. He was named one of LinkedIn’s Top Voices in Management & Workplace. John is also the author of Building the Best: 8 Proven Leadership Principles to Elevate Others to Success and host of the “Follow My Lead” Podcast, a show that transfers stories and best practices from today’s leaders to the leaders of tomorrow. You follow him on Instagram @johngeades.

How Great Leaders Respond to Adversity

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“Every one of us has the ability to be a servant leader.”

In season 25, episode 9, we are joined by Damon West.  He is the author of The Coffee Bean and The Change Agent. You can learn more about him.


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Every person whether you want it or not has faced adversity. The current pandemic is a great example of adversity that no one asked for or expected. Damon West, the author of The Coffee Bean shared a phenomenal example of the three basic responses to adversity.

Adversity is a lot like a pot of boiling water. If you put a carrot in a pot of boiling water, it turns soft. You don’t want to be the carrot when adversity happens. If you place an egg in the boiling water, it turns hard. You don’t want to be the egg when adversity happens. If you put coffee beans in boiling water, you have to change the name of it to coffee. What you want to be is a coffee bean when adversity happens because you will be positive and attract the right things into your life.

The question you want to answer today is what are you going to choose to be in the face of adversity:

  • A carrot
  • An egg 
  • A coffee bean

Quotes to Remember

“Great leaders use vulnerability and authenticity in the way they lead.”

“If you’re going to pray don’t worry, if you’re going to worry don’t pray.”

“God put in front of me what you need me to do today for you and let me recognize it when I see it.”

You control four things in life; what you think, say, feel, and what you do.”

About the Author: John Eades is the CEO of LearnLoft, a leadership development company making virtual training easy and effective. He was named one of LinkedIn’s Top Voices in Management & Workplace. John is also the author of  Building the Best: 8 Proven Leadership Principles to Elevate Others to Success and host of the “Follow My Lead” Podcast, a show that transfers stories and best practices from today’s leaders to the leaders of tomorrow. You follow him on Instagram @johngeades.

The Essential Quality All Leaders Must Possess

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“Great leaders are self-aware and they have a strong blend of confidence and humility.”

In season 25 episode 7 we are joined by Matt Higgins. You can learn more about him here.

Matt is a noted serial entrepreneur and growth equity investor as cofounder and CEO of private investment firm RSE Ventures. He is also vice-chairman of the Miami Dolphins, a recurring Shark on ABC’s four-time Emmy-Award-winning TV show Shark Tank, and Executive Fellow at the Harvard Business School.


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The Essential Leadership Quality

There are many things a company or business can overcome but poor leadership isn’t one of them. As Matt Higgins said on the Follow My Lead Podcast, “a fish always stinks at the head.”

It turns out there is one quality that stands above the rest that Matt and other investors look for in a leader, self-awareness.

Not being self-aware as a leader will cause you to fail.

There are a couple of things Higgins looks for in leaders to determine if they are self-aware or not. “I look for blend of confidence and humility in leaders.  You have to have the confidence to be able to ask yourself if you are going in the right direction and you have to have the humility to go ahead and acknowledge it publicly.”

Don’t assume you can’t have more confidence and humility

Too often, leaders believe their strengths and weaknesses from a leadership perspective are personality traits that are set in stone. A great example of this came from Mel Robbins on Tom Bilyeu’s show Impact Theory, “I used to think confidence was a personality trait. The truth is confidence isn’t a personality trait at all.”

Robbins is right about confidence and the same could be said for humility. As C.S. Lewis famously said, “humility isn’t thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less. You can grow and get better in each of these. If your mindset doesn’t reflect this belief, the chances of you ever reaching your full potential from a leadership perspective is slim to none.

The good news is once you get your mindset to one of growth, you will look at every event as an opportunity to learn and get better.

How to grow your self-awareness

Our research of more than 40,000 leaders and thousands of BTB Leader Assessments has shown the number one thing leaders do poorly is asking their people for feedback about how they are doing. Too many leaders assume they are doing a good job. People want to feel like they are being heard and asking for feedback is not only a great way to do this, but it also helps the leader improve their self-awareness.

Laszlo Bock, former Senior Vice President of People Operations at Google and current CEO of Humu, has often been cited for helping his former company’s simple yet unique method of conducting peer reviews. Rather than just management providing feedback for lower-level employees, Google’s management also gets feedback from junior employees on things they “should do more of and one thing they could do differently.”

If this tactic works for one of the most successful companies in the world, it should work for you, too. Soliciting feedback from your employees is a way to build trust and improve your leadership skills. Consider sending emails to your team once per quarter asking what you’re doing well and how you can improve to better help them meet their potential.

Closing

The best part about Matt Higgins advice is anyone can become more self-aware if they want to. Regardless if you are a self-aware leader today or not, you can begin to be today.

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About the Author: John Eades is the CEO of LearnLoft, a leadership development company making virtual training easy and effective. He was named one of LinkedIn’s Top Voices in Management & Workplace. John is also the author of  Building the Best: 8 Proven Leadership Principles to Elevate Others to Success and host of the “Follow My Lead” Podcast, a show that transfers stories and best practices from today’s leaders to the leaders of tomorrow. You follow him on Instagram @johngeades.

How to Be An Effective Coach For Your Employees

Smiling woman and wellness coach

“Are you a manager who just gives answers or are you there to make people think?”


How to Be An Effective Coach

There are thousands of professionals all across the world who call themselves “leaders.” In reality, the vast majority are leaders in title alone. While they have direct reports and authority over others because of seniority or prior performance, they aren’t actually leading; they’re managing. 

One of the ways a leader separates themselves from being a manager is by coaching their people. A coach, by definition, is one who trains and instructs. The word coach comes from “carriage,” which means to take someone from where they are today to where they want to go. The late great John Whitmore took the formal definition even further saying:

“Coaching is unlocking people’s potential and helping them learn rather than teaching them.”

Leaders who coach others have never been more critical than they are today. A strong, dedicated leader plays an integral role in elevating people to new heights of development, exactly how John Whitmore envisioned it.  

In the latest episode of the Follow My Lead Podcast Dr. Marcia Reynolds, author of the Coach the Person, Not the Problem, joined the show to discuss best practices around coaching.

If you are looking to be a better coach to your people, here are a few key steps:

  1. Focus on Your Presence
  2. Find Out What They Want
  3. Identify What’s Stopping Them From Getting There

While being an effective coach isn’t easy, it will not only pay off in the short term, but those you are coaching will thank you forever. If you ever find yourself veering away from coaching your people ask yourself this simple question. “What is the value I can give this person in front of me right now that’s meaningful to them?”

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About the Author: John Eades is the CEO of LearnLoft, a leadership development company making virtual training easy and effective. He was named one of LinkedIn’s Top Voices in Management & Workplace. John is also the author of  Building the Best: 8 Proven Leadership Principles to Elevate Others to Success and host of the “Follow My Lead” Podcast, a show that transfers stories and best practices from today’s leaders to the leaders of tomorrow. You follow him on Instagram @johngeades.

How to Press On During Tough Times

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“The only way things even have the opportunity to get better is if you press on.”

In season 25 episode 5, John Eades covers the important topic of pressing on. 


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How to Press On During Challenging Times

During difficult times, it’s essential to take small steps in the right direction. Even if it seems like it, nothing will change immediately.  But at least it has a chance to change down the road. So the only way things even have the opportunity to get better is if you press on.

If you give up, it will never get better.  

If you believe the doubt and negative thoughts creeping into your mind, it will never get better.  

You must press on.  

Here is how I want you press on:

1.Look inward not outward 

If there is ever a time to blame outside forces it’s right now.  It’s the economy’s fault, it’s your CEO’s fault, its a bat’s fault in China. But instead of allowing yourself to blame outside forces, say something different.  “Something has to change IN ME, for things to get better.”

Look inward first to see what you can do on yourself first, instead of the other way. 

While I willingly admit this won’t change your situation immediately, it will have your mindset in the correct place to press on because you will no longer be blaming outside forces, instead, you will look yourself in the mirror.  

2. Don’t be afraid to change it up

Pressing on doesn’t mean you have to beat on the exact same drum every single day and blindly look for different results.  We have all heard the Albert Einstein quote,

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” 

Albert Einstein

Maybe it’s time to develop different skill sets, pivot the business, or change careers.  Maybe it’s time to start a podcast, make videos for LinkedIn or Instagram, or write a book.  I don’t know what it is but I do know, any journey, no matter how long, has to start somewhere.

Press on by not being afraid to change it up or look for different methods to make it work.  

3. Let the failure roll off and move on.

It’s easy to get down when working hard for something and the results aren’t there.  I am living proof of that the last few weeks. To help me perk up, a mentor of mine said to me, “nobody wants to fail, but success can only happen when it’s safe to fail.”

Give yourself the gift of allowing yourself to fail because failure is not final, failure is feedback.  Now I am not saying you should be shooting for failure, but know it’s just a price you are going to pay by pressing on.  

Closing

After constantly looking inward and not outward, not being afraid to change it up, and allowing yourself to fail, if you are still struggling to press on, do something in service to someone else. It will keep you moving forward!

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About the Author John Eades is the CEO of LearnLoft, a leadership development company making virtual training easy and effective. He was named one of LinkedIn’s Top Voices in Management & Workplace. John is also the author of  Building the Best: 8 Proven Leadership Principles to Elevate Others to Success and host of the “Follow My Lead” Podcast, a show that transfers stories and best practices from today’s leaders to the leaders of tomorrow. You follow him on Instagram @johngeades.