When I first became a CEO I had no idea how to do it. I dove into business books and found out something superfast: to some extent, all first-time CEOs are making it up as they go along. This is what you do with a new job, a new role in life or business, a new community you are joining. You’re declaring yourself to be something you aren’t yet. You are intending it. You are choosing it. You’re declaring victory as you step onto the battlefield. Then you’re doing what it takes—applying the required skills and the hard work—to succeed in this new role.
To some degree, what we put forth to others is an illusion anyway, so why not try one that makes you more powerful and effective. You see, the best part about picking an illusion, which also could be called a self-image, is that you can change it if it doesn’t work. Some illusions along the way didn’t empower me, so I moved on. Don’t like what you see? Reinvent yourself!
The key is finding out what feeds your soul: which job, relationship, lifestyle, or type of community service lead you to bigger places and better lives. The tricky part is when you’ve invested a lot in a given illusion and it’s not working for you. Will you know when it’s time to cut and run, to stop throwing good time and money after bad? Will you be honest enough to know whether it’s time to move on or whether it’s time to stay and stretch? Will you have the courage to follow through? Tomorrow, in part two of this blog, I’ll help you to find a way to move through those questions and build a better “illusion” – remember, it’s not an “act” – it’s just embracing the powerful and amazing role that you’re headed TOWARD.
Finally, if part of where you’re headed is an amazing BUSINESS (and who doesn’t need THAT right now?), it’s time to make the BEST business investment you can and take my Results Now Webinar course. I put it together to be the 1-2-3 to success for entrepreneurs and small business builders. I look forward to seeing some of you at my next CEO FREEDOM SUMMIT weekend, but until then, this is best head start out there.
See you on tomorrow’s blog for Part 2!
Christine Comaford, CEO Freedom Fighter!
CEO of Mighty Ventures, Inc.
NY Times Best Selling Author