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Everyone has times where they feel down, and these moments are normal for humans. But, if these feelings are constant, something is wrong. If other people are causing these types of emotions, it’s time to take a stand. Anyone can accomplish astonishing feats, and blocking the naysayers is often the best advice for success.
Look at the accomplishments of the past. The Great Pyramids, masterpieces of art and music, the moon landing, modern medicine. We have done so much. But what if the people who helped make these feats a reality had listened to all the negative remarks from others? Perhaps we wouldn’t be where we are today.
Leaders of today must face the realities of this Imagination Age. You can’t keep doing things the ‘old way’ and still expect good results. People want more, and honestly, they deserve more. Don’t let naysayers and negativity affect how you lead others in this fast-paced, technological world.
I am thankful for all those who said no to me. It’s because of them I’m doing it myself.
Your attitude can color the perspective of those around you. It’s hard, but to be an effective leader, you must be able to filter out the good advice from negative remarks to flat out terrible advice. A good attitude can and will lift up those around you. You can improve your leadership skills and improve your general outlook on life--all at the same time.
While some people are always the glass is the half-empty type, try to change the way you think. You may never be able to change the minds of others, but you can make an effort to improve yourself. Being positive, embracing change, and having proactivity will lead to innovative thoughts and ideas.
You can expect a negative environment, with stagnant and fixed minds when innovation is low. People will not be willing to take risks, and they will usually be the ones to say that something won’t work. Is this the kind of atmosphere that will lead your organisation into the future?
Our limbic brain (the survival instincts) have programmed us to see threats everywhere. But neuroscience shows that this instinct isn’t always leading us down the right paths in the modern world. When people whisper negative things about you or about how you lead, you may start to connect the dots (even if they are imaginary) and concoct a scenario about the adverse remarks.
What if the Wright brothers had listened to the crowds who scoffed at their idea of flying? How would the world be different without air travel or space travel? We have big dreams, and the whole world, and indeed even the universe is out there…
Someday it might be possible to fly from New York to Sydney in a matter of moments, but unless someone is willing to imagine it, it will never happen. The right attitude gives you the right brain environment to allow us to see possibilities that were never clear before. The can reset your attitude, and open your eyes to things you never believed possible.
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About my Brain Institute
Scientist, educator, author, speaker, coach, award-winning leadership specialist, filmmaker and creator of the i4 Neuroleader Model & Methodology.
Silvia's scientific background and curiosity about the human brain led her to a decade long journey of research into optimal brain functioning and the application of neuroscience in leadership and daily life. Her past and current roles have uniquely prepared her for the current undertaking, that of leadership activist & change agent.
Silvia Damiano founded The About my Brain Institute in 2009, with the purpose of democratising leadership & neuroscience. She has a passionately held belief, that leaders in our 21st century global economy and their organisations must radically change long-held ideas of what constitutes effective leadership
In her ground-breaking books ‘Leadership is Upside Down’, ‘Brain-Friendly Leadership’ and the 2018 documentary ‘Make Me A Leader’, Silvia provides both compelling evidence and explores the importance of leadership in our personal and professional lives and what it takes to develop the human behind the leader.
Silvia has worked in different countries, across many industries, helping teams and organisations improve business performance. Silvia’s clients have described her as a passionate, dynamic, a highly experienced speaker and master facilitator on the topics of Emotional Intelligence, Cultural Change, Neuroleadership & Engagement.
Silvia is passionate about leaving a legacy of well-rounded leaders who can act and decide in a way that better serves humanity. Her clients include Microsoft, Australian Stock Exchange, NSW Government, VISA, Fuji Xerox and Manpower amongst many other global companies.