We are really good at updating our phones.
When I get the update notification in settings, I almost immediately download it.
I do that because I want my phone to operate efficiently.
I also do it to protect myself.
Updates often protect phones with “patches” that close areas where our phones are vulnerable.
Updates are about optimization and getting a better phone experience.
But how often do we update ourselves?
Where are YOU vulnerable and may need a patch or update?
The Importance of Deliberate Practice
Ruckus Makers (aka the BEST leaders) share this trait: they commit to updating their mindset, skills, and abilities.
- They read books.
- Listen to podcasts.
- Go to conferences.
- Take online courses.
- Invest in coaching and/or masterminds
They engage in what is called deliberate practice — a systematic and purposeful approach to leveling up.
Deliberate practice is focused on the goal of improved performance.
It includes a process embedded with education, training, and mentorship.
The BEST part of deliberate practice is that it is addictive.
Once you make a commitment of personal growth to yourself everything changes.
Usually, that commitment comes in the form of financial investment and I practice what I preach.
In 2021 alone, I’ve invested over $15K in coaching and programs for myself.
And this kind of commitment leads to results:
- My podcast has over 1.5 million downloads.
- I have the privilege of coaching 70+ leaders from around the world.
- Corwin approached me to publish a book (I did not pitch an idea to them).
- The AASA is co-publishing my next book with Corwin due out in September.
Success Leaves Clues
One of the biggest clues is those that invest in their performance outperform their peers by leaps and bounds.
It worked for me and it will work for you.
How would you like to update your leadership this year?
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