How to Take More Initiative in your Life

It’s really not that complicated, it’s simply our commitment to take more initiative that matters.

I love these opportunities to delve into a topic that I would probably not come up with on my own, here are the results here.

How to Take More Initiative in your Life

The One Rule of Email

If you wouldn’t say it someone’s face, don’t say it in an email, because eventually it will get back to that person.

The rule applies to those in the following Age Category…

0 – 110

If you are older than 110, I hope you are doing something else other than Email.

Plan out You

Take the day, seriously take the entire day, take the entire day and a notebook and pen.

Go somewhere, anywhere, where it’s just you and only you.

Leave the phone at home, you’re not going to need it.

Don’t forget your lunch, you’re going to get hungry and you don’t want your day to get messed up because you thought to bring your treats.

Now wherever you end up, Plan Out You.

Plan out where you want to go.

Plan out what you want to do.

Plan out who you want to be.

Plan out when you want to do it.

Plan out what you are missing to get there.

Plan out what you need to learn.

Plan out how you are going to do.

Plan out what you are going to deliver.

And write it down, write it down in your notebook, scratch and scribble all day long – focus on nothing else.

Plaster everything over your office walls, commit it to a screensaver, background, calendar, tablet, phone background, etc, etc – but put it from and centre…

… and Make it Happen.

Plan out You because no one else can.

Don’t Monitor LinkedIn

Do you monitor your team’s Twitter activity?

What about their Facebook posts?

Are you an avid fan of their late night snaps?

Or perhaps you think their Instagram stories are AMAZING?

Whatever the reason, LinkedIn should be treated no differently.

Don’t get flustered when someone on your team update’s their LinkedIn account, be encouraged that they speak so highly of your organization and want everyone to know.  If they are starting a new blog or putting up some demo code, share it out with the rest of the team and support them in their endeavors.

LinkedIn is the greatest tool to engage with your team in a professional manner outside of your organization and highlight their talents.

There can sometimes be a general concern that if you endorse or give recommendations to your team while they are still on your team that you are basically sending the message that they are great, please take them.

This could not be further from the truth, the real message you are sending is…

“I/We trust you, I/We value your contributions to our organization, I/We want you and everyone you know how much you are valued.