I’m sure we’ve all heard the saying “to know something like the back of your hand”, right? Well, recently I’m starting to think that knowing something “like the top of your shoes” might be more appropriate!
There seem to be so many people just walking around looking at their feet and not stopping to see the good around them.
It’s like your first time going out in new shoes.
Of course, they were bought to be worn, but from the first time you step outside in them, every scuff and scrape pains you; “Not my brand-new shoes!!”
But what if, rather than dwelling on each new mark, you took a moment to stop and admire just how great they go with your outfit, just how cool you look in your shop window reflection, just how right you were to choose the white ones and not the blue pair.
As leaders, we are constantly making decisions and so always looking for the ‘what’s wrong with your team, your business, your clients’ is a sure-fire way to hold yourself back. It pays to be positive, to look for the good, in people and in life!
Look for the Good…
So, you have a top and a jacket that may as well have been made for each other, but none of the trainers you have quite go. That’s why you bought the new shoes, to cap off the perfect look. This is what positivity can do to your business!
It allows you to see what is working well (your top and jacket combo) and build on that success (the new shoes)! It gives you the drive to want to improve and embrace your team and your business and further your future ambitions.
Now you have the outfit in place, you can start looking forward to events where you can show off your new ensemble!
And this enthusiasm, this positivity, is infectious.
People see how good those new shoes look and now they want some, too!
You start to breed your own fashion trends (not something I thought I’d ever be able to say!) and you create connections within your team, and we all know how important that is for the continued success of your business!
Well, if you don’t look for the good, you won’t find it!
All you will see are those scrapes and those scuffs, scrapes and scuffs, until you can no longer wear those shoes and, in turn, that whole outfit falls apart.
Suddenly, as a leader, you are no longer wearing the trousers in your business, but rather the sweatpants and, however comfortable you may feel in these, I don’t think anyone has ever set a trend in their loungewear!
To look for problems is to be a negative leader, and to be a negative leader is to lose all influence in your team.
It’s a fast-track to demotivating and disengaging those around you.
There is no longer a vision to build as you are still choosing between the white and blue shoes.
White or Blue? White or Blue? Scuffs and scrapes. Even I’m bored of this now! Imagine being a team member and hearing this all day, every day.
As positivity is infectious, negativity is contagious, and once you pass it on to your team, soon you are all wearing sweatpants and bemoaning those marks on your shoes!
Lift, Don’t Drift, Through Life
Staring at our feet serves no purpose but to draw us away from the good going on around us.
It is easy to drift through life, absorbed by what is happening around our shoes but, in doing so, you can lose sight of what is important.
I mean, try doing anything whilst staring down, it’s all but impossible!
Succeeding in business, especially as a leader, is hard enough as it is without blinkering yourself to see only what you don’t want to!
Just throw on what makes you feel great and go and show others just how cool you are!
Leadership is about recognising when other people have become zoned in on their own footwear and showing them that, despite this, they are looking great!
Ignoring this and letting them drift is to hold them back.
If you aren’t willing to, not only be positive with yourself, but help lift others, you may as well be filling their sweatpants’ pockets with rocks!
Leadership can be stressful, but when look for the good in your work, it makes your job a hundred times easier and, in turn, your life even more so!
So, pick your head up and take in the faces and places around you, rather than the condition of your shoes…