In her book Becoming, Michelle Obama writes: “Failure is a feeling long before it becomes an actual result. It’s vulnerability that breeds with self-doubt and then it’s escalated.”

I love the concept of this. Most people think of failure as an occurrence — something that happens – but discount the role their attitude plays in the process. They think of failure at the end of the line but in reality, it can be a mindset that influences the process from the beginning.

To help yourself become more successful, banish the doubts and fears as you venture into something new. You don’t have to be Pollyanna about it but believing that you will accomplish your goals can go a long way toward making that true.

I'm the chief connector at leadership dots where I serve as "the string" for individuals and organizations. Like stringing pearls together to make a necklace, "being the string" is an intentional way of thinking and behaving – making linkages between things that otherwise appear random or unconnected – whether that be supervising a staff, completing a dissertation or advancing a project in the workplace. I share daily leadership dots on my blog to provide examples of “the string” in action. I use the string philosophy through coaching, consulting and teaching to help others build capacity in themselves and their organizations. I craft analogies and metaphors that help people comprehend complex topics and understand their role in the system. My favorite work involves helping those new to supervision or newly promoted supervisors build confidence and learn the skills necessary to effectively lead their team.

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