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Being Successful: It’s Not Just What You Do, But How You Do It

August 11, 20233 min read

The path to success is littered with misconceptions. Often, we are led to believe that achieving our goals is purely about the actions we take. In the world of executive coaching, especially in prestigious firms like Irie Oak, we've come to understand a profound truth: Being successful is not just about doing certain things. It's about doing things in a certain way.

Let's unravel this thought and delve deep into the ethos behind it.

The Mechanisms vs. The Mindset

There's no shortage of 'success recipes' available at our fingertips today. From bestselling books that offer the '10 steps to achieve anything' to countless online articles detailing '5 habits of successful people,' we are inundated with information. But simply emulating these actions without understanding the deeper mindset can lead to fleeting success or, worse, burnout.

1. Embracing the Growth Mindset

Carol Dweck's groundbreaking research on the 'growth mindset' changed the game for personal development enthusiasts and professionals. A growth mindset believes that skills and intelligence can be developed with effort, learning, and persistence. On the contrary, a fixed mindset assumes that our abilities are static.

When you approach tasks with a growth mindset, you're not just ticking boxes. You're constantly evolving, learning from mistakes, and adapting. This is the essence of doing things in a certain way.

2. The Power of Intentionality

Rather than being action-oriented, become intention-oriented. This means every step you take is backed by a clear purpose. It’s not just about networking; it’s about building genuine relationships. It’s not just about working long hours; it’s about working smart and being productive.

3. Emotionally Intelligent Actions

Daniel Goleman popularized the concept of Emotional Intelligence (EQ). It is the ability to recognize, understand, and manage our own emotions while also recognizing, understanding, and influencing the emotions of others.

When your actions are guided by high EQ, they are not robotic or driven merely by logic. They are empathetic, considerate, and have a depth that resonates with people on a human level.

The Balance of Proactivity and Reactivity

In the hustle culture prevalent in today's professional landscape, being proactive is glorified. And while it's essential to take charge and be proactive, it's equally important to understand when to be reactive — when to listen, adapt, and change course based on feedback and changing circumstances.

The Irie Oak Way: Authenticity and Consistency

At Irie Oak, we champion two core values: Authenticity and Consistency.

Authenticity: It's about being genuine in your actions. Not doing things because they are the 'standard' steps towards success, but because they align with your core values and beliefs.

Consistency: It's not just about putting in effort when the motivation strikes, but building habits and routines that ensure consistent progress, even on days when motivation is low.

By incorporating authenticity and consistency into your actions, you elevate the quality and impact of what you do.

In Conclusion

Success is a multifaceted jewel. It's not merely the sum of our actions but is deeply influenced by the manner and intent behind those actions. As you navigate your journey towards success, always remember to intertwine the right actions with the right mindset.

At Irie Oak, we believe that when the 'how' aligns with your 'why,' success is not just achieved; it's lived and felt deeply.


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Craig A. Taylor

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