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Old You...New You


The hardest aspect of leadership development is behavior change.  Often, we lose momentum on creating new habits.  Could it be because we don't think about all the great stuff we are choosing to keep?  Let's unpack this in 3 parts...

Old You

What is it about the old you that you would like to maintain?  Preserve?  Protect?  There's more in here than you think.  Write them down.  Feel good about them.  Share them.  Celebrate your decision.

Stop Doing

We spend a lot of time thinking about & deciding on the things we should be doing.  Instead, make a list of the things you should stop doing.  What aspects of your life are working against you becoming your best self?  Sabotaging your effectiveness?  Not in line with your core values?  What would your life be like without these?  Decide what to stop.  Set daily alarms to remind you to stop doing them.  Don't be too hard on yourself.  Do your best, get some rest & go again tomorrow.

New You

This sounds weird.  It's not like ALL of you was in bad shape & you completely recreated yourself.  On the contrary.  The new you is a lot of the old and a few new things you're giving a go on.  Becoming you...only better, is a lifelong pursuit.

"Everyone fails at who they're supposed to be.  The measure of a person is how well they succeed at being who they are."  -Thor's Mom from Avengers Endgame

  There are a whole lot of people counting on you & we need you on your feet!

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