Bossing Up is very humbling. Humbling because we have to take full responsibility for our actions. In ‘The Basics of Bossing Up,’ I will be putting you on some tips and tricks that I have been practicing since last year. They have allowed me to see and experience a tremendous change in my life for the better. Singer and songwriter Ciara would be proud because I have definitely ‘Leveled Up’ a lot. Bossing Up is a mentality. It’s not something that you can study. You acquire these life skills over time, and they often come as a result of lots of life experience. Sometimes painful. Bossing Up requires ACTION.
Remain positive throughout life’s curveballs
Positivity is key to experiencing any elevation in life. Remaining positive allows us to act day after day, trial after trial and victory after victory. Excellence is a habit. After a period of time, if you continue putting excellence first, Bossing Up is inevitable. It will become habitual in your everyday walk and talk. Your journey will also start to affect other people around you for the greater good.
Be the change that you want to see in the world
Being true to yourself and your journey are vitally important to becoming a great leader. ‘The past is heavy. Put it down.’ Letting go of the past is also very important. Letting go is not always the easiest thing to do in life. You have to allow yourself grace and must be patient with yourself. Forgive yourself and others. When I was trying to let go of past hurts, I prayed without ceasing for God to remove the weight of grief. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 says, ‘…there is a time for everything, even grief.’ Humans are meant to evolve. We aren’t meant to stay in the same phases of life forever. We have to grow and change through the good and the not-so-good.
Take care of your body and mental health
Taking care of our bodies is biblical. ‘Our bodies are our temples..’ 1 Corinthians 6:19. Becoming a great leader will require you to show up whether you feel like it or not. It’s imperative that in order to perform in any leadership role, one must be mentally available for a lot of other people. Bossing Up always requires the leader to put others first! I work out for my mental health first. It keeps my mind sharp while taking care of my physical wants, needs, and goals.
Last but certainly not least in my tips on Bossing Up in life is learning how to speak up and ask for what you want. It’s important to get into the habit of being honest with yourself, and it’s especially important in any leadership role. Bossing Up requires you to be bold. Speak what you want into existence. Closed mouths do not get fed!