The "Can Do" Mindset

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January 6, 2016

Have you ever been faced with a seemingly impossible task?  Something so big, so hard and so daunting you thought; "No way... I could never do that!  I think we have all experienced those kinds of moments when we doubt ourselves and our abilities.

Just a few months ago, I had surgery rendering me unable to walk or drive for a month. An electric bed, a wheel chair, crutches and a walker became part of my daily life. Doing the smallest things became hard.  Meanwhile business was booming and deadlines were looming. We had a client launching a huge training initiative and my role was critical. How would I complete the extensive curricula on time? Would I be able to facilitate “train the trainer” from a wheel chair (most of the activities were highly interactive and physical)? Unable to drive, how would I get to the training location?  While this was an extremely challenging time, I had one secret weapon to get me through: a “Can Do" mindset.  I became extremely creative using all the tools and resources available to me.  The Goldin Leadership Team stepped up to the plate and helped me deliver the quality service our clients expected. Together, as a team, we achieved, what felt at time, the impossible.

As a leader we all face challenging situations.  Whether it’s being short staffed, dealing with difficult employees, navigating tight deadlines or coming up with an innovative approach to building a better widget; it is our role as leaders to find a solution.  It all starts with having the right attitude.  Below are seven behaviors to support adopting a “Can Do” mindset.

  1. Have a clear vision of what you want to achieve.
    In order to be successful in any endeavor, you should have a clear picture of what you are trying to accomplish.This will help you to be focused as your sort through the possible routes to success.
  2. Believe in yourself and your abilities.
    Attitude drives behavior.  When you firmly believe in yourself, anything is possible.
  3. Be courageous and reject fear.
    Fear is the number one obstacle to a person’s success.  Courage allows you to move forward and deal with the challenge.
  4. Be open new ideas and suggestions.
    Great leaders listen to suggestions and integrate new ideas into action when possible.
  5. Surround yourself with positive people.
    Your mindset can be easily influenced by others.  Avoid naysayers. Positivity breeds positivity.
  6. Be willing to make mistakes and grow from the process.
    Making mistakes is a natural part of the journey to success. Accept mistakes, learn from them and move on.
  7. Never give up.  Find a way.
    Challenge yourself to keep looking for an option or a solution to your challenge.If you become frustrated, take a break and revisit when your mind is clear.