In my last newsletter, I discussed taking a personal leap and making a major career change. That was the kind of life-altering move that only comes around every once in a while. But there’s another kind of leap: the kind you have the potential to make every day.
If you are truly striving for growth or pursuing authentic leadership, you will encounter many moments where you’ll be required to take a leap—to either act and push forward, or stop and back away. This is the moment that Steve Farber, founder of Extreme Leadership calls your “Oh Sh**! Moment” or your OS!M. It’s the moment where you realize you’re on the edge of a major decision. You can either look your fear in the eye and overcome it, or you can back away.
Great leaders will choose to face their fears and do what they think is right, even if it’s scary to do so. If you’re not a little scared, you’re not achieving growth. As Steve Farber puts it, “[If] you’re not experiencing that visceral churning in your gut, and you’re not scaring yourself every day, and you’re not feeling that Oh Sh**!Moment as regularly as clockwork, then you are not doing anything significant—let alone changing the world—and you are certainly not leading anyone else.”
Ask yourself as you step into the New Year:
- Have I challenged myself lately?
- Do I regularly stand up for my beliefs and values?
- When was the last time I took a substantial leap?
- What vision do I have for myself and my leadership and how can I achieve it?
- What’s holding me back from making major changes?
Are you ready to embrace your fear and face your OS!Ms? Let’s talk.