Journey to Being Your Best Boss: Part 4

Growth can come in many different forms.  Leadership growth can look like getting rid of thoughts, habits, and relationships that hold you back from greatness.  Business growth can look like strengthening your foundation, narrowing down, or expanding outward.  Faith growth can look becoming fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.  Whatever growth means to you, the journey of growth is an important one.  That's why I'm bringing you along my journey of growth and sharing stories, strategies, and lessons learned about leadership + business + faith since turning my passion for coaching into my full-time work. 

If you'd like to catch up on Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3.  Otherwise, here's Part 4 (Days 16-21)

Being Your Best Boss Part 4

Day 16 of #beyourbestbossjourney: Your instincts and Your intuition matter.  Trust it. 
Being Your Best Boss means using your gut as your ultimate compass. Think about it: you didn’t go into business for yourself to follow advice from just anyone.  You probably hated when your old boss told you what to do, using tactics that didn’t align to your vision and your values.  The online world can get pretty noisy with advice from “gurus”, thought leaders, and spammers.  Your best mentor?  Your own intuition that, if you tune into it, can point you back to the right direction and empower you to make aligned actions.  

Day 17 of #beyourbestbossjourney: Create something that matters.  

Being Your Best Boss means you have the freedom to MAKE SOMETHING out of nothing.  How cool is that?  Tapping into that creativity allows you to create something to meet a great need, make something that inspires others, or improve upon an existing product to make it even better.  You get to decide what projects to work on, and which to pass on, so you can dedicate your energy on creating a body of work that reflects your vision and your values AND helps to improves people’s lives.  Making the mindset shift from “just putting in the hours” into “creating something that matters” can motivate and inspire you to become the BEST you can be. 

Day 18 of #beyourbestbossjourney: Pursue your own definition of success.  

Being Your Best Boss means you get to play by your rules, and not compare what your success looks like to others people’s success.  Yes -- there’s a tension between striving to achieve what you set out to do, and honoring and being grateful for where you are now.

Imagine yourself already living out your definition of success.  What would it be like?  What would you be doing?  Who are you becoming?  For me, success is: using my gifts to do work that matters with people I care about, and having time to invest in my family and friends.  

Additional Resource: [Video] 3 Lessons on Success For Your Entrepreneurial Journey

Day 19 of #beyourbestbossjourney:  Grow your GRIT.

Being Your Best Boss means you’re committed to personal and professional growth for the long haul.  This is basically a pep talk to encourage you, whatever you are, to keep GOING and keep GROWING.  I used to feel frustrated with my lack of outward progress, or be disappointed with less-than-expected results.  But the thing is -- becoming a great leader, becoming a great entrepreneur, and becoming the BEST version of yourself takes time, commitment, hard work, and GRIT.  Don’t quit yet-- you’ve gotten this far.  You’re good, now it’s time to be GREAT.  Everything you put into practice what you learn, bounce back from failure, or pursue something that matters, you’re growing your grit.  And that’s something no book, e-course, or podcast can teach you. 

Additional Resource: 10 Ways to Grow Your Grit

Day 20 of #beyourbestbossjourney: Get Feedback From People You Trust.
Being Your Best Boss means being open to giving and receiving constructive feedback to help you grow.  I have a very small circle of “advisors (a coach, a mentor, and my clients) whom I regularly ask for feedback.  Sometimes it’s hard to see what you’re doing, so having the fresh, outside perspective from people you’re directly working with is key to evaluating what’s working, what’s not working, and how to change accordingly.  A few questions I like to ask to get feedback are:

- What’s one thing I’m doing well?  What’s one takeaway you have from working together?  (This helps to pinpoint what’s working and what value I’m bringing to the table.)

- What’s one thing that could make you’re experience even better? (This helps to understand what I can do to improve).

- What’s one thing you’d like to learn from me?  (This helps me to create more content).

Day 21 of #beyourbestbossjourney: Equip Others to Be Their Best Boss           

Being Your Best Boss means leading by example and coaching other people to become their best boss.  This means mentoring (formally or informally) people that could potentially replace you, or go on to grow their own company.  That’s the thing: when we empower ourselves to be the best versions of ourselves, we give permission to others to do the same.  We can continue the cycle of leaders empowering leaders to make a positive impact in the world.  Whatever you’re learning, you can use your journey to pass on your experience, knowledge, and expertise to others who may need you most.  

Thank you for joining me for the past 21 days, and all of the insights, support, and encouragement along the way! 

What has your #beyourbestbossjourney been like?  What are you learning about leadership, business, and faith as you become the best version of yourself?  If you'd like the guidance and accountability of a coach on your entrepreneurial journey, check out my 3-month mentorship: "Be Your Best Boss." 

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With joy,

Shi Chen Signature