If you read some of the articles on LinkedIn, they will have you believe that finding success is only about mindset. I believe it is more complex, the following factors are, in my view, equally and in some case more critical to success.
1. Environment. If I take a fish out of water, it doesn’t matter what its mindset is, it isn’t going to survive (at least not without thousands of years of evolution to become an amphibian). How many people are working in stressful open plan offices, getting up at 4am to catch flights, not having enough time to exercise or get sunlight, dealing with unrealistic targets and trying to balance family with work? We weren’t designed for this, and while we have to find coping mechanisms as best we can, your environment significantly impacts on performance and success.
2. Skill and Knowledge. There is a level of confidence which comes only from having built experience and skills from trying out what works and what doesn’t. This doesn’t happen over-night, and may involve studying to get qualifications and further knowledge.
3. Support. How much can you achieve alone without collaborating with other people? Probably quite a lot, but until you have people surrounding you that you can trust and rely on, your full potential will be limited. I have done my best work when I had an ace team who I could completely rely on and who were experts in their field.
In all of these cases, it could be argued that the right mindset is the starting point for addressing the gap and changing it. I would agree with this, but probably the ‘I have the ability and determination to change this’ is more fitting than a ‘be positive, grin and bear it’ mindset when you are dealing with challenges such as finding or creating a new work environment. And for continuing success, a can-do attitude, confidence and optimistic outlook will help enormously, and all the more so if it is backed up with strong foundations of a good environment, skills, knowledge and support.
What else do you need for success? I would love to hear from you.
©2019 Amy Jones
I am a certified and accredited Associate Executive Coach with the Academy of Executive Coaching. I have over 20 years’ experience in Procurement/Supply Chain and Finance, and I now work in my own business as a Coach, Consultant and Trainer.
I support professionals, particularly (but not only) in the field of Procurement and Supply Chain to develop their career, skills, teams and strategy.