No one is perfect. I know I am not. Knowing what you need to work on will help you get ahead in your projects and continue to strengthen and enhance your creativity. Once we begin to look at creativity as a skill instead of a profession, we come to find that we are swimming in the waters of a new level of self-awareness.
But, it takes true fearless guts to get to the level of self-awareness where we are happy to evaluate the areas where we need improvement and development. And sometimes, we never identify those things that we need to work on because we are so transfixed on something else.
Creative Leadership requires us to be Self-Aware.
If you are in the middle of innovating or you are in hopes of becoming an innovator (however that looks like for you, be it, an entrepreneur, artist, or HR leader), you know that there comes a point where you are asked to give feedback to someone else and you are also going to get feedback and take it in as something to reflect on.
And I am a big believer that we need these moments of reflection (great thing to say, during Mercury Retrograde, heh? 😊 ) to grow, learn, and evolve, so that our ideas and our great pivoting moments of healing can find us. As leaders, I don’t want to steer away from presenting my soul to the world. And my soul knows what’s best for me.
Our souls brought us here to explore, grow, and create.
Our souls want us to look at those challenges and address them and if we aren’t addressing them, then we are just doing the same old crap and creating the same old crap without any results to show for both internally or externally.
I know this because I have lived it. I stand on a stack of failures. I stand on a stack of lessons and yet, here I am, hoping to continue learning, growing, and creating. My strength is that I am consciously fearless. I dive into the unknown with my whole heart and soul even if I am not sure where I will end up. I bring this fearlessness to all my projects and even to my life. Just last year, I planned a trip hiking with my Dad and although, I trained for it, I was probably the slowest person hiking up the mountain. Even a little tiny Yorkie flew by me and probably looked at me like what the heck are you doing here?
But, I challenged myself, I didn’t say no. I wanted to experience the moments on top of the mountains I had with my dad, and honestly, now, I really know what it takes to better my stamina. I got the feedback and the experience to grow and now, I know what it will take to do better the next time I am on top of a mountain.
Creative leaders think differently and it takes people like us to strengthen and inspire our society to bring their whole selves to the table.
So, here is how I address my weaknesses:
1. Notice what I am avoiding
I love, love, love taking some time to really dig deep into this one and the biggest spot that I can see what I have been avoiding is assessing my charkas, my calendar, my journal, and also, my checkbook. Time, Money, and Attention are big benchmarks for what you want to focus on. If on a regular basis, I am not getting anything done, I take the time to assess. And the best way for me to assess, is to take a good hard look at what I am spending money, time, and attention on and honestly, doing a big, nice, Chakra Check. (Girl, what the heck are you really doing with life? C’mon, let’s be real with each other -Mel to Mel)
2. Get Some Feedback
I have made it my mission to build relationships with people that give me honest feedback. They aren’t afraid to tell me the truth and honestly, aren’t even afraid if I might get pissed at them if they do. Not all feedback from those around me is going to be worth looking over, but if there is a pattern of something coming up, maybe taking the time to reflect on it, might be good!
3. Take Failures as a Gift
It sucks to fail. Rejection or something not working out can be devastating, but it is also a gift. There are lessons built into failure and if you look at them at the right angle, you’ll see that whatever you did to fail was the challenge you needed to learn the lesson. We are not perfect (especially me) and embracing your failures as a learning curve gives you the boost of confidence to do better with your next thing.
Right now, I am working through addressing some of my own weaknesses, which I take as an opportunity to grow. And even though, I am feeling like an awkward teenager through the growth, I take the time to put meditation in my practice and continue to just stay grounded and focus on developing what I need to grow, heal, and get to creating.
What are some weaknesses you are facing, today?