“What got you here, will not get you there!”
What a powerful quote!
I believe the phrase has been coined by Marshall Goldsmith, the world-renowned executive coach, and leadership thinker. And the thought process behind this phrase is that the habits, behaviours, and attitudes that have helped us succeed in the past may not necessarily be the ones that will help us achieve our future goals.
As we journey through life, we often find ourselves reflecting on the things that have brought us to where we are today. We take pride in our accomplishments, and rightly so. However, as much as we should celebrate our successes, it is important to remember that what got us to this point may not be enough to take us further.
You might have got an excellent break based on your academic qualifications but still might be struggling in the corporate environment!
You might have performed brilliantly in your previous roles but find it going tough in your new role!
The same might be true in your personal life as well. You might have excellent relationships with your friends and colleagues but your family(marital) life might be a disaster! It happens!!
So, the habits, behaviours, and attitudes that have helped us succeed in the past may not necessarily be the ones that will help us achieve our future goals.
The bottom line is that we need to continuously evolve with time.
How can we do that?
Some tips to ponder:
Embrace a growth mindset: Keep learning, evolving, and improving.
Be open to feedback: It might help you to identify your blind spots.
Identify areas for improvement: Reflect on the skills, habits, and attitudes that have helped you succeed so far, and then identify the ones that you need to develop to achieve your future goals.
And lastly, stop blaming others and external factors. It’s about you and only you can make that change!
Remember, you have to be willing to take risks, try new things, and push yourself beyond your limits to achieve greater success!