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The State Of Your Life Is A Reflection Of Your State Of Mind

What is the difference between a company that is successful and one that struggles to make it and may not survive?

The core thinking of those in leadership positions.

Here are two examples of different outcomes based on opposite thinking and approaches to fulfilling a companies’ mission and vision.

  1. In the banking industry, there is a breakdown and ultimate demise of a new company division because key leaders in upper management did not believe the new structure and partnership that had occurred would be successful. Everyone involved lost their jobs and the investors lost their investments.
  2. A consulting company on the brink of bankruptcy rose out of the chaos that had ensued and went on to create better earnings than before, exceeding all past profit margins.

Both are true stories. What was the difference?

Those in the banking industry group did not believe they would be successful and their leader did not create an environment in which they could shift their beliefs. Whereas, those in the consulting company were fortunate because their CEO worked with a coach to assist him in understanding his core thinking, communication style and how his thinking was affecting his key leadership, employees and down the line. This is a clear example of how one’s thinking or a group’s thinking can adversely affect a whole organization.

When it comes to leadership your state of mind is a direct reflection of what is happening in your life and your job. If you are:

  • Confident in your leadership abilities
  • Happy with your job and position
  • Have clarity about the direction you are heading professionally and leading your organization
  • Feel you have well-developed boundaries with others
  • Know you are having a positive impact on those you lead
  • Inspiring not only yourself to reach a higher potential but inspire others to do the same

….then you will be able to see the reflection of the strength in your state of mind within the success of the outcomes you envision.

If, on the other hand, there is conflict in the office, low employee morale, movement towards set goals seems to be sluggish or there is high turnover; perhaps evaluating your current state of mind can help to transform an unhealthy environment into one that both you and others look forward to every day.

Businesses come and go daily, the question remains, how does one stay strong, and withstand the growing pains that come along with expansion and ultimate success?

It can be difficult to see all that you have worked towards as a leader come apart at the seams. The struggle to find the system, strategy, people and/or process to make a company profitable, sustainable and lasting can be overcome.

By studying what not to do and implementing core thinking principles, leaders can change the whole dynamic of an organization and see extraordinary improvements.

Examples of a leader who has a core thinking level where a positive shift can occur include:

  • Inspiring to others leading by example
  • Expects positive attitudes from others
  • Emphasizes teamwork
  • Motivates employees to believe in themselves
  • Holds employees accountable to their greatness
  • Capitalizes on opportunities as they are presented
  • See themselves and others as full of potential
  • Thinks about synergy and how to succeed
  • There is only the idea of fulfilling vision and/or mission, nothing less
  • Invest in employees through training and effective communication

You know you have an exceptional leader with a strong core thinking foundation because they:

  • Lead by presence rather than just action
  • Are powerful, yet humble
  • Listen proactively and gives constructive feedback
  • Know their boundaries by being firm when needed, and expects to be respected
  • Are always interested in personally and professionally growing
  • Have a keen sense of intuition used to make decisions and generate ideas
  • Are approachable and their role as leader is valued and appreciated

Leadership can be approached from different levels. The higher the energy level of a leader in both physical energy and core thinking energy, the greater the chances are for success. The state of your life is a reflection of your state of mind. What is your core thinking and how is it working for you?

Eileen Bild
Eileen Bildhttp://eileenbild.com/
EILEEN holds a Masters in Transpersonal Psychology and is a published writer, Certified Life Coach, and Producer/Videographer/Photographer. She is creator of Core Thinking for High Achievers and works with Entrepreneurs, Business Owners, CEOs, Entertainers/Professional Athletes, and C-Suite Executives. Ordinary to Extraordinary Life transforms your professional and personal life from the core for success by assessing how you are currently maximizing performance, communication and drive for growth for your highest achievement. Eileen is a contributing author to the inspiring book Chaos to Clarity: Sacred Stories of Transformational Change.
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Chris Pehura

Great points.

When doing something big, I mean really big like changing the fundamental DNA of a company, there is always some trauma in the past that was caused from failure. Rather than people separating the issues of the past with the needs of the present, people start comparing the past to the present; bringing those past pains to the present.

To get people to move forward and “heal”, framing and reframing is used to change the negative perspectives of the past into positive ones. This includes people, events, and decisions.

Larry Tyler
Larry Tyler

Great post. I also feel that Leaders need to hire and develop great people. We are the first responder to the people that walk in the door. Success or failure start at that moment.

Dr. Mary Lippitt

Eileen,

You made some great points. I particularly liked the mention of humbleness. I would add that not only an open mind is needed but one that is willing to explore and recognize current contextual realities. Just like military leaders who might want to fight the last war, we have organization leaders who fail to see new realities. We need leaders who are willing to examine all perspectives before selection a course of action.

Chris MacNulty
Chris MacNulty

Great article, Eileen! I’m sorry I missed it first time around. Leaders who have a belief that they can succeed and who are passionate about succeeding, will always do better than half-hearted leaders – who are only masquerading as leaders. True leaders exude confidence and inspire trust, and act as role models. In some of my presentations to industry, I often use the example of a military engagement, and ask – who would you prefer to follow? Someone who tells his troops “I’m not really sure we’re going to make it – there are all these obstacles to overcome.” Or someone who tells them that yes, there may be obstacles, but we have the capabilities, resources and will to succeed. There is a difference between leaders and managers, although some managers can rise to become leaders.

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