In whatever way you landed here, I’m glad that you did. Like most of the people I work with, you may be at a good place in your career. It may even be a comfortable place because you’re already good at what you do. However, you also know you can be better.
You don’t want to be accidental in defining yourself. You want to be purposeful. You don’t want to stumble into who you are because of someone else’s perspective or your last promotion.
Your desire to be challenged is what drives you. You want to understand your potential, define a clear vision, and create a plan so your career and your life are intentional, not a series of random decisions.
You want to perform better, expand your awareness and your understanding. It is essential that you advance your insight to make the decisions that need to be made, so others don't do that for you. You want to maximize your capacity.
In order to do that, you have to examine and assess who you are. You have to expand your self-awareness.
I’ve been there.
In the early days of my career, I never took the time to define who I was. As a result, I was constantly responding to everyone else. Not being one to shy away from a challenge, I willingly took on each problem, task, or project assigned to me and achieved the desired results. It was over those years that I learned how quickly your identity can be shaped by others when you don’t take the time to define it for yourself.
When I took the time to ask and answer, “Who am I?” and “Why am I?” I was able to begin working intentionally like never before. Today, people know who I am because I know who I am, and it shows. As the Principal and CEO of Perpetual Development, Inc., I have helped guide more than 125 privately held and family-owned businesses through evolution, transition or transformation. Over the last 20 years, I have worked with numerous senior executives, business professionals, evolving leaders, and sales professionals to advance their self- awareness, intentional growth and performance focus.
I live in the Phoenix area with my wife Trudy, where we spend much of our free time outdoors. With four grown children; we are self-professed foodies, enjoy traveling, riding motorcycles and working together in our business. I start most of my days by reading, exercising and thinking intentionally. I have found that this daily practice strengthens me as a husband, father, friend and professional. This is something I appreciate now much more than in the early days of my career.
What I have realized is that it is not about being the smartest person in the room. Instead, it is about being the most self-aware person in the room.
When you come to a point where you optimize you, it becomes clear that your choices need not be the result of self-interest, but rather self-awareness. You become empowered in your ability to multiply mindsets to help people grow and develop.
When you define yourself you can:
- Take control of your performance.
- Take control of your destiny.
- Make better decisions.
- Create better outcomes.
When you take the time to define your yourself, you maximize the capacity of who you have the potential to be.
When you expand your self-awareness you expand your influence. Leadership isn’t a title, it’s a mindset. It’s an outcome of knowing who you are. When you know who you are you increase your potential to make decisions about your career and life intentionally.
Through the resources, videos, blogs, and our weekly email Thoughtwave, my desire for you is to think beyond boundaries so you can define you so others don’t--or so they don’t any longer.