Bravery in Business

“The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.”
~ Robert Green Ingersoll

Bravery comes in all shapes and sizes but, when it comes to your business or organization bravery is the element that creates success. As a business leader, bravery means standing up for what you believe in, always trying to do the right thing, and following your dreams and goals.

Not only does bravery require toughness and strength but, emotion and forgiveness are also key. Understand that bravery in business means we must learn to look past mistakes, show appreciation, and forgive ourselves and those whose errors we can learn from.

In business, when we want to appear professional and brave we may think that asking questions will show weakness. Asking questions helps to gain respect from coworkers while showing normal human qualities. Don’t be afraid to ask questions even if you feel you might be vulnerable.

While waiting for success to actually start showing up in your profits, patience is the key to incorporating bravery into business practices. Take success step by step and always remember to stay patient no matter the obstacles you come across.

Whether you come across rejection or multiple failures, bravery is the key to staying a strong and empathetic business leader while pursuing lifelong satisfaction and success.

Kelly D. Scott
Chairman/CEO
Vistage Florida
better leaders ● decisions ● results

Erase a Bad Habit

“The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.”
~ Nathaniel Branden

Personal as well as professional bad habits are typically challenging to break and can cause you to lose focus and decrease productivity throughout the day. Bad habits create an endless cycle that in turn, may create a bad lifestyle. Focusing on changing bad habits to accomplish more each day while building up a positive attitude.

Common professional bad habits are arriving late to work and meetings, procrastinating and avoiding difficult or even repetitive tasks you are required to do. Oddly enough, the best way to erase a bad habit is to consciously recognize the grip it has on your life. Sometimes bad habits can be hard to identify until you take the time to pinpoint what is holding you back from success. Strength and consistency are then required.

To fill this void you might feel in your life, try replacing it with a mental or physical positive habit that makes you feel good and boosts overall happiness. At the office, these positive habits might include showing up a little earlier, making a new connection with a coworker or, volunteering to work on a new project. The possibilities of creating a new positive habit in the workplace are endless.

Avoid letting a bad habit take control of your personal and professional life. Erase bad habits and replace them with positive and rewarding habits to be the best version of yourself.

Kelly D. Scott
Chairman/CEO
Vistage Florida
better leaders ● decisions ● results

Focusing on You

“Enjoy your own life without comparing it with that of another.”
~ Marquis De Condorcet, French Philosopher

Comparing yourself to someone else can cause an endless spiral of regret and jealously that destroys happiness and self-esteem. Be proud of your accomplishments personally and professionally and embrace the fact that you are unique and different from everyone around you.

When we compare ourselves to others, we are losing time each day by focusing on things that we could do better. Whether it’s comparing income levels, career success or worldly possessions instead enjoy and focus on your unique personal story.

Instead of comparing yourself to others, try to find inspiration in what others have done. Ask questions, set personal goals, and learn from what others have successfully accomplished without it negatively impacting your attitude or motivations.

With the impact of social media, a daily part of all our lives, it’s easy to fall into a trap of checking what others have accomplished and comparing it to our own successes and failures. Never allow social media to take over your time or mindset. Develop a habit of being appreciative and remind yourself of the roadblocks you have overcome and the unique memories you have made.

When you compare yourself to others personally or professionally, feelings of defeat and regret stand in the way of achieving more. Avoid comparing yourself to others and enjoy all the things you have worked hard for and successfully accomplished.

Kelly D. Scott
Chairman/CEO
Vistage Florida
better leaders ● decisions ● results