Take a Leap of Faith!

Last month, I encouraged you to reflect on your year.  I encouraged you to take stock of what you were grateful for, acknowledge your accomplishments, identify your key learnings, and think about what you need to accomplish next.  I also asked you to consider if there was anything you were avoiding.

Is there something that you know deep down that you need to address?

As we begin the year, perhaps it is time to take a leap of faith! In many ways, we all have a clean slate starting in the New Year. What a great time to reset priorities, launch new business strategies and implement tactical actions to achieve your goals. It is also a great time to take a risk and do the one thing you’ve been putting off.

As leaders this could include: Replacing a member of your leadership team who is underperforming; investing in a new business line that shows promise or making an acquisition; refocusing the organization on a business mix that is more profitable even though your team may not have all the skills necessary to deliver; having that courageous conversation with a stakeholder you have been avoiding; exiting a client that no longer fits your ideal client profile; committing to a challenging employee engagement goal.

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Ask yourself: What will I gain (if anything) by procrastinating further? What are the benefits of taking action? How much risk is associated with this action and what can I do to mitigate this risk? What are my options on how do I proceed? Do I need to involve other colleagues and what other resources do I need to move forward?

By preparing in advance, taking the leap will not feel so scary and you will be better able to follow through.

As you begin this new calendar year – trust yourself! Go boldly forward and take on those few items you have been avoiding. Make the commitment to lead by example and do the hard work. Others will notice and consider what they too need to risk to advance their goals.

Read more of my thoughts on leadership here.


Sandra Hokansson

Sandra Hokansson
Sandi Hokansson is a certified executive-level coach and principal of SoundLeadership. Reach her at sandi (at) soundleadership (dot) ca.

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