4 Ways To Cultivate (& Even Celebrate) The Rebel Mindset
May 6, 2019
Many people assume that a rebel mindset is something you're born with – or you're not. They believe that their own inherent nature for rule following and process structure prohibits them from reaping the rewards (and enjoying the sheer fun) of going against the tide with unbridled, entirely rebellious, enthusiasm.
Not true…at all.
Yes, it may seem like some people are born with the mutineer gene; they intrinsically (and often, relentlessly) attack every situation with equal measures of curiosity, creativity, and provocation. However, for many successful corporate leaders, the rebel mindset isn't a birthright. Instead, it's a learned, and more importantly, lived approach to business that they've consciously cultivated throughout their career.
You can too. Here are four ways to deliberately develop the rebel mindset, both for yourself and your team:
Stop Buying Into Perfection
The naturally rebellious amongst us recognize that the pursuit of perfection can prevent them from trying new things and stepping outside of their comfort zones. General rule of thumb: nothing is perfect. Release yourself from the hold of the perfection lie so you can start focusing on innovation and inspiration without the fear of making a mistake.
Prioritize Curiosity Over Current Skillset
Many business leaders focus solely on existing skills and talent, immediately establishing a very finite boundary on what (they assume) will drive results. Don't worry about the knowledge, skillset, and abilities you haven't quite mastered. Instead, develop a corporate culture that supports curiosity, motivation, and lifelong learning, knowing that every attempt (even the failed ones) grants an invaluable opportunity to grow your capabilities.
Celebrate The Process (All Of It)
Yes, the outcome of any initiative is important. However, it's not the only factor that designates the success or failure of any project. When asked how he felt about failing so many times when inventing the light bulb, Thomas Edison replied, "I didn't fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps." Stop making the end results your only endgame. Celebrate every phase of the process, identifying what works, what came close, and what can be eliminated as you move forward.
Embrace The Power Of "Yet"
Even the most confident corporate executive can fall victim to negative self-talk when moving into unfamiliar territory. Eliminate phrases like, "I can't" or "it's not possible" from your internal dialogue. If you do find yourself stuck in a place of negativity, embrace the power of the word "yet" by adding it to the end of any sentence. "I can't do that…yet." "We haven't succeeded…yet." "It's not possible…yet." Those three letters instantly change the tone of your self-talk and encourage you to focus on your own limitless potential.
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