Did you know that when NASA launches an Earth to moon shot, the rocket almost immediately goes off course? While you would expect this to be an exact science, successful missions are a series of correcting and getting it right along the way.
Success requires constant adjustments. Leadership shares this similarity with space travel. No day is perfect, but every day can make progress. What's the key? Knowing the areas to focus on and being able to adjust along the way.
Keep the areas below on your radar, make course corrections at time and eventually you will successfully land where you're aiming.
Take an honest assessment of where you are right now. Leadership begins by defining reality. Be honest with those around you and yourself. Honesty accelerates productivity because it identifies your starting point. Get over feelings of fear and doubt that try to convince you that you should be further along than you are. You’re not graded on how good you are, you’re graded by how willing you are to get better.
Most leaders need to drop the sense of perfection. Perfect is an unrealistic expectation. Perfectionism doesn't mean "I'm perfect"; it means "I’m miserable!" Don't worry about getting something perfect, just get it started and you can get it perfect along the way.
Everything you lead will have moments where you think, “I did not see that coming!” Stay open to changes and be willing to adapt. Be ready to go in any direction. Some of your best ideas come from the forth or fifth iteration of your original idea. Leaving the door open to opportunities allows opportunities to open doors.
If you are responsible for anything, you will face obstacles. What differentiates a leader from a person simply in charge is how they handle obstacles. Positivity is a cornerstone of good leadership. Resist the urge to wallow in what is difficult about a situation and have a great attitude about what you can do.
Dreams won’t be reality until you do the work to make them so. If you want it to work, you have to work it. Take massive action! What can you do today to help your dream become a reality? Quit dreaming and schedule the first three things you will do to make that dream happen. Dreams progress when they are on you calendar. Move things forward. Create momentum. Proactively make things happen.