Take the Lead

June 21st, 2013 by Lauren Carbis

Take the Lead

In being a Life Coach, I help people discover the abilities they have within them to overcome whatever is standing in their way of progress and success and change their life for the better. To allow your vision to become your reality and become successful in all areas of your life, you need to take responsibility for where you are right now, and commit to putting forth the effort necessary to make a change.

If you are ready to take life up a few notches, the first thing you are going to need is professional accountability – someone who can provide you a track to run on. There are many different styles of coaching, and you will need to do some preliminary interviews to make sure you find a right fit for you.

If you are not yet ready for that kind of time and financial commitment, but yet still long to improve yourself to reach that level of commitment, here are a few things you can do in the meantime:

 

  • Invest in Leadership Books. Timothy Ferriss has taken the world by storm with his 4-hour Series. (4-hour Work Week, 4-Hour Body, The 4-Hour Chef) If you are of the learning and/or entrepreneurial mind-set, his books are a must-read.
  • Join a mastermind group. There is probably a mastermind group meeting right down the street from you at your local coffee shop where like-minded individuals gather together to talk about opportunities, business plans, time management tips, personal and professional obstacles, and a variety of other topics meant to challenge and educate you on how to push through your barriers and succeed.
  • Find a Mentor. Is there someone in your life that inspires you? If so, call them up and ask them if they would mentor you and help you reach higher, and attain the same level of success.
  • Create a Vision Board. I did a recent post on the importance of visualizing your future. This is a great step in turning your dreams and goals into reality!

 

If you look around, there are many avenues in which you can obtain the knowledge and information you need to broaden your reach in life. One particular person who is all over the topic of Women in Leadership is the COO of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg. She has a best-selling book titled Lean In that provides some incredible advice on how to take charge of your career, your dreams, your potential, and your overall lot in life.

Sheryl also did a Tedtalk on Why we have too few women leaders. I’d be interested to hear your take on what she has to say in the comments below, or on our Facebook page.

Regardless of your views on whether a woman should dedicate her time to family, career or both, we do have it within us to lead. Whether it is leading our children, our family, our friends and peers, or our company, we are a leader be it good or bad. Let’s choose to be great; let’s choose to stand up and lead.