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How to Set Goals & Intentions for Your Leadership Growth (A Leadership Academy Group Training)

May 07, 2020 Kaylan Thompson Episode 14
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How to Set Goals & Intentions for Your Leadership Growth (A Leadership Academy Group Training)
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The Joy to Lead Podcast
How to Set Goals & Intentions for Your Leadership Growth (A Leadership Academy Group Training)
May 07, 2020 Episode 14
Kaylan Thompson

In today's episode we're going deep on how to set goals for ourselves as leaders - how do we want to challenge ourselves to deepen our personal and leadership wellbeing this year, and how do we bring that to life?

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In today's episode we're going deep on how to set goals for ourselves as leaders - how do we want to challenge ourselves to deepen our personal and leadership wellbeing this year, and how do we bring that to life?

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For more information on the Leadership Academy, visit www.joytolead.com/academy!

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wait. I think we can all agree that growing our business alone is pretty dang hard. But here's the bright side way. Don't have to go. Welcome to the joy to lead podcast Where were all about rising up the next generation of leaders and building teams of purpose and world change? My name is Carolyn Thompson, leadership and team building coach for entrepreneurs like you. Each week we meet with business leaders to bring you life giving strategies and encouragement to help you grow your team, scale your business and step into the leadership role that you were created for. So warm up that cup of coffee for the second or third time and let's dive into today's episode. Hi, and welcome to this next episode of the joint lead podcast. Thank you so much for tuning in. I don't take it for granted that you're here, and I'm so excited that you are here for this episode specifically because we're talking all about vision casting in planing for our own growth as leaders. This is a new concept that I'm just coming into and ah, learning about in leadership, and I'm going to be talking about it more often, but leaders need to be. We are called to be very acquainted with discomfort because discomfort precedes growth and break through and where there is no growth needed, there is no leadership needed. So as leaders as people who are pursuing growth, we have to be very comfortable with carrying the weight in the feeling of discomfort. And that means continually casting vision in planning for how we are going to grow in the season that we're in right now. So as you know, I am now leading a group of women in my very first ever group coaching program, and it is awesome. At the time of recording this, we actually just wrapped up one of our first sessions in January, and we talked all about vision casting in growth, planing for the year that was to come. And we did this together because it is so crucial to hold ourselves accountable to the growth that we want to pursue. It's so easy for each of us again to our own lanes, say we want to pursue these goals and grow in these areas, and we're not the best accountability partners for ourselves. I know that's true for me that might be true for you. But when we collectively come together and we hold each other accountable, it's easier to commit to that growth and the work that's required for the growth ahead. So today is going to be all about vision casting and growth planning. And I want you to get out your journal your notes because I want youto work through some of the same things that we worked through in our group coaching program, Um, together. So before we dive into planning for our growth, I really want to talk about why it's so important as leaders to cast vision for our growth. Casting vision helps us see where we're going and how we're going to step out of our current restraints in reality, to create a different reality. Casting vision means that you're planning to stretch yourself and travel to a destination that you're not currently at. Um, you don't say. I just want to go on vacation. You picture and you discover and you research to know where your wanting to go. And that place is usually somewhere like Italy or Paris or the beach, not where you currently are. Casting vision also helps us to really focus our energy in our effort. Thio. Make sure that removing the needle forward in our progress So it's kind of the equivalent of looking down. You know, if you're if you're always looking down, you don't know where you're going. But if you look up and you're constantly know where you're wanting to stay connected to in the ultimate vision, that ultimate goal that allows you to look down, make sure you're taking the right steps. But it also allows you to get out of the weeds and look up and know where you're going to and communicate that to your team as well. And then vision casting It allows us to define goals based on where we're going. So if you're planning a long destination like if I was going to Italy, I would know that I first have to go to the airport. Maybe I need to drive to a bigger city that I need to get in the airport, that I might have a layover. So those air the equivalent of our goals First, we're going to make it here, and then we're going to make it here, and then we're going to make it here and then recording to reach our ultimate destination. In what goals Dio is they allow us to set intentions. Okay, if I need to make it to the airport, I need to put gas in my car and you stock up on some snacks because it's a few hours away. I need to pack, get my child in her car seat, all these little things where we're focused on doing in the present moment. So vision casting is very much focused on the future. While goals and intentions are focused on the present in order to get us to that future, our vision is our destination, while intentions are what we do every day to get there. So ultimately, what we focus on grows intentions keep us focused so we can grow toward your goals and achieve our vision. Intentions help us see opportunities for growth when were presented to them. They help us decision make. So if we have a clear vision A. We've defined goals and we know what our intentions are to make it to those goals and achieve our vision. When we're presented with an opportunity, we can clearly define yes or no. Is this an opportunity I need to take to get me toward that goal that will ultimately get me to the achievement? I'm fulfillment of my vision. Intentions should also challenge and stretch us. So if I want Thio be a morning person and start my day off by going to the gym, I know that I need to get up at 5 30 every day. That is a challenge, but it is attainable, so intentions should feel uncomfortable but attainable. So I'm not saying I'm gonna get up at 2 a.m. every day and get four hours of sleep that's not attainable or sustainable. Intentions should challenge us, but ultimately we can still accomplish them. The first step to creating challenging but healthy intentions is really to cast a wide vision and no the everything that's going to be required to achieve that vision. So while you are determining what you want, your vision for your leadership toe look like through the course of this year, and as you are continuing in your growth as a leader, I want you to start looking at how are you wanting to intentionally grow your own leadership and this you know we can't lead teams until we can lead ourselves. So leaving a team in order to lead a team, you must be thriving as an individual. And yes, we may go through periods of growth and we're never going to be perfect. But we need to be always pursuing self awareness and betterment in our own personal lives and personally as individuals before we can ever apply that to our leadership. So before we even talk about leadership, we're going to talk about our own personal well being. I want you to take a clear assessment of yourself in these areas and be honest with yourself. How are you doing in each of these capacities? One is our mental well being. That's our ability to process and express information. Two is our emotional well being. This is our ability to experience in process and express emotions based on the information received. Our third is our spiritual well being, and this is our ability to function within core values and beliefs that really support your purpose and your mission in life, and then finally, our physical well being. This is our ability to function and thrive physically before you start making these big goals too deep in your leadership, you need to make sure that you are paying attention to these pillars of your personal well being first. And so I want you to get out a piece of paper and just give yourself a rating. Ah, percentage. How well do you think you are thriving in each of these areas? But don't stop there. Set a goal. What percentage do you want to grow to this year and what will you need to d'oh in order to make that happen? So, as I told my group, one of my personal goals is to increase my mental well being. I struggle sometimes with problem solving, because my emotional capabilities are incredibly high. And so sometimes that overloads my mental capacity, and it makes me unable to problem solve effectively. And so one of the things I wouldn't be doing this year is to do more crosswords in mind puzzles sudoku. I've never done one of those in my life, but I'm gonna pick one up. Um, so it's just some little things I'm going to be doing to bolster by personal well being. And then we can get into the well being of our leadership. So what are the first components of our leadership? Well, well being is our world of you. So these are are currently held beliefs. Ah, what do we believe to be true? And how does that affect our actions and our thoughts and feelings? This is a philosophical view of the world. So, like, what color lenses do you view the world in our they rose colored glasses? Are they dark shades? These are the lenses through which you interpret the actions of others. So do you believe that everyone's out to get you? Do you believe that the world is in a really good what are the standard beliefs that you hold about the world? And a lot of times this comes and it's comes out of our spiritual wellbeing. Tiu or our religion or faith may have a say in our world view or in the creation of our world view. So to discover your own worldview, you may need to think back on how you grew up the situations and environment that you grew up in in the community that you grew up in to see what are your held beliefs that may or may not be true need to openly and honestly start assessing these things because as leaders, we have to be able to understand and really empathize by being able to see through the worldview of others. Now, this does not mean that we don't have to have a world view, that we don't need to have our own worldview. But it does mean that we need to be able to understand and empathize with the worldview of others. We need to be able to look through their glasses and understand where they're coming from. That is our job as leaders, and that does not mean that we need Thio shed our worldview. But it does mean that we need to be able to understand others and walk a mile in their shoe and really be able to put on their glasses. Even if it doesn't belong to us. We can put them on and see through those glasses and then hand them back so that we can talk with them and understand them and communicate well with them. To our leadership. Well being is built on our strength. So this is what do you uniquely bring to the table. This is built on our knowledge. So this is what you've creek watch acquired through experience and education over time. This is also your skill set. This you can learn in a choir in apply over thymus. Well, and then your talents. What are your innate gifts that you're born with? That you're naturally inclined to that others aren't in Nate Lee gifted with then our another pillar is our core values. This is more than being a good human being. What do we want to be known for? What do we want to uphold above all else, what will set us apart? And then our communication styles our ability to engage with others, express meaning and send messages through our words and our ability to listen, to process and understand the words of others? This These are the components and the pillars of our leadership health. And I want you to do the same here. I want you to take an honest look at how you are functioning right now in each of these areas. What percentage would you give yourself and how are you wanting to grow over time through this year? What are the most important areas that you need to grow in. And what intentions are you going to set every single day to make this a reality? What are you going to commit to in order to bring this to life? One of my new instagram friends and real life friends told me the other day. She gave me this great sentence and it's a fill in the blank sentence and it holds you accountable in a really great way to things that you desire. And it simply goes like this. If I want blank, then I must blank see things that you want and you desire. Don't just manifest out of the blue. You have to put action an intention behind it. So if I want to increase my mental capacity, an ability to problem solve, then I must practice problem solving by daily doing a crossword or something of that nature. So look at all the areas that you're wanting to grow and complete that sentence for yourself. If you want blink, then you must blink and create that for several areas of your life and then create tasks out of that that you can then plug and play into your plainer The ultimate goal is to make a vision casting actionable. So in this way you've created you've crafted a vision, you know where your wanting to go. You've set some goals to help you get there. But most importantly, you have now set intentions to get yourself to those goals into that vision that you can accomplish every single day. So if you're listening to this and you've done this exercise, I want you to reach out to me. Um, email me at kalen at jointly dot com or D m e on instagram at joy to lead Send me a message and tell me, what are some of your intentions that you're doing every single day, too? Achieve the goals that you are setting out to achieve. What are some of the leadership wellbeing areas that you're really wanting to focus on this year? Tell me all about it. Head over in a joint lead on Instagram and tell me more. Thank you guys so much for tuning in today. It was a blessing in honor to record this podcast. I love doing this so much. I'm so loud it started. Decided to start a podcast. If this podcast blessed you in any way. I love for you to leave a review. Let me know how it touched you in any way. Dion Me on instagram. I'd love it if you share this podcast with a friend. You guys are a blessing and an honor to serve. Thank you guys so much. Hi, friend. 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