Choosing easy over hard is a fixed mindset. It’s comfortable. 

Do you speak up when your gut tells you things need to change? 

It’s easy to stand behind decisions that everyone supports. As human beings, our natural tendency is to pick the path of least resistance. The “fear” of upsetting others used to hold me back. How about you?

When we choose to avoid dealing with fearful situations instead of moving through them, we limit our potential.

It’s easier to hide deficiencies instead of overcoming them. It’s easier to seek what is comfortable, instead of experiences that will stretch you. The fixed mindset is concerned about being judged, whereas a growth mindset concentrates on improving. 

Effective leaders are open and willing to embrace the challenging path. 

The challenging path represents a growth mindset. People with a growth mindset are open to learning something new. They embrace the unknown, even when the unknown feels scary and uncomfortable.

Expanding beyond your comfort zone takes courage! 

It takes courage to:

  • break from the norm
  • challenge the status quo 
  • make tough decisions 
  • listen rather than speak
  • admit your faults
  • forgive others
  • not allow failure to dampen your spirit
  • stand for those not capable of standing for themselves
  • remain true to your core beliefs

Courage is the mark of leadership presence. It is having the strength of conviction to do the right thing when it would be easier to do what is comfortable. 

Courage isn’t about moving forward in the absence of fear but instead finding the strength to move ahead in the presence of fear. The deepest lessons lessons I’ve learned over the years didn’t come in times of ease. My greatest growth happened when I stretched myself beyond my desire to be comfortable. 

What are you doing to stretch yourself?

In the latest episode of my Getting Results podcast, I discuss this further. That episode is called: Courage Requires a Growth Mindset. I invite you to listen.

Teams that struggle are often led by those with a fixed mindset.

Conversely, teams that move from good to great are guided by leaders who have a growth mindset. They don’t obsess over what is holding them and their team back. Instead, they ask: “How much better can things become?”  That’s a growth mindset.

Want more? 

Listen to the Getting Results podcast and check out the Courage Requires a Growth Mindset episode.  Every week, I share a bunch of different strategies and tactics to help leaders increase their results—for themselves and their team. It’s available on Apple PodcastGoogle Podcast, Spotify  and others…check it out!