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This Week: Alicia Lozano and the Power of Your Thoughts in your Leadership
I was once training for a marathon, and that involved long runs in the morning of the weeks leading up to it. Sometimes it was up to 7 miles in the morning, and I had a lot of thoughts running through my head on those days, thoughts like “Can I get this in later?” “I’ve been good for three weeks, I can skip a day, right?”
In business, we have all of the same kinds of negative thoughts. Especially when we’re stressed. And for an entrepreneur, those thoughts can be anything from “I’m a fraud” to “I don’t know how to lead my team” or “I should be able to figure this out by myself.
If that sounds familiar, you’re an entrepreneur.
Here’s the kicker.
Negative thoughts create huge cycles in our lives that feed our negative thoughts. Here’s how it works:
Our thoughts lead to our emotions. Our emotions lead to actions. Our daily actions inform/support our habits, and our habits create the results we get in life. Our results then feed our beliefs which feed our thoughts, and the cycle starts over again.
Here’s a few practical examples of how this cycle works itself out in an entrepreneur’s life.
“I don’t really know how to lead a team.”
Our thoughts inform our emotions. You’ve probably heard someone say that what you dwell on grows, and it’s true. What you think grows into your emotions.
The most likely emotion this thought causes, among a plethora of other negative emotions, is incompetence.
And when you feel incompetent, your tend to act less competent than you actually are. Regardless of how competent you are, your emotions are going to fuel your actions.
There is a whole list of actions that this emotion could cause a leader to take on a regular basis. Everything from snapping at team members to shying away from opportunities to ignoring important tasks and miscommunicating.
But even if we take only one of those actions and consistently apply it, it can end up with troubling results.
E. G., Ignoring Important Tasks
If a leader is consistently ignoring the important tasks they’ve assigned to their team, the team is going to notice. They’re going to let things slide, because the boss isn’t holding them accountable. Ultimately, the boss will feel like they don’t know how to get their team to work because they’ve subconsciously instilled a habit in themselves and in their team that letting important tasks slide is OK.
Atop that, the whole business begins to feel the effects of those subconscious habits. Goals get missed, and you end up with a company that tells you you’re a bad leader atop your own thoughts telling you that you’re a bad leader.
In reality, it doesn’t matter which action you begin to subconsciously take. Your thoughts and emotions lead to corresponding actions, which build habits and change the way people around you respond. So you’ll ultimately end up with results that reflect your original thought. From there, it just compounds on itself.
Here’s another quick example: