Achieving breakthrough requires possibility thinking. Possibility thinking is when we open our perspective to entertain new possibilities that have previously been beyond our worldview, expectation, experience, or comprehension. The challenge is that most people’s minds don’t think in this way without conscious intention. If we are not conscious of our mindset, our minds have the unconscious tendency to engage in probability thinking that limits our perspective. This keeps new possibilities from ever emerging.
For forty years we have seen a consistent correlation between our clients' change leadership success and their level of self-mastery. The greater their self-mastery, the greater their success. One of the most practical and immediate self-mastery techniques is breath control.
You might be wondering, “What does breath control have to do with maximizing my results from change?” In fact, as a results-oriented pragmatist, you might shun a blog on breathing. “Oh, the soft stuff. This isn't for me.” But be forewarned—this blog may hold key insights that will radically improve your change leadership capabilities. So, take a deep breath and read on to discover how simple breath control techniques can make you a better leader.
If you ask any CEO or senior executive of an organization if they have a company vision, they will say yes. If you ask most employees if their company has a vision, they will also say yes. In this day and age, everyone has a vision, but most are little more than posters on a wall.
When you go a level deeper and ask, “Is your organization actively pursuing your vision? Is it alive in people’s minds daily as they make decisions? Is it the priority-setting benchmark for resource allocation?”, both leaders and those in the workforce hesitate, often responding, “No”.
Are You a Visionary Leader?
Few people aspire to win the Olympics, invent a breakthrough product, or truly make a legacy difference in the world. But as a leader, it is your job to identify what the real possibility is in your market, and then mobilize your people and organization to achieve that possibility. Visionary leaders inspire the passion and capability of their people to achieve breakthrough results. This starts with clarifying your vision.
Who are the most extraordinary leaders you know, either by personal relationship or reputation? What makes them different and more capable than other leaders? Going forward, we’d like to engage you in this conversation while Dean writes his upcoming book and expands the focus of our blog.