“Yards are hard, but inches are easy.”
It was one of my grandfather’s favorite mantras. Although he had little formal education, he possessed a great deal of wisdom. And when faced with a particularly difficult problem, he tackled his one strategic step at a time.
Setting and achieving goals is something most of us have struggled with. But learning to do it right (even just a little at a time) is the key to our happiness.
Shana Hocking gets it. She led a team that raised hundreds of millions of dollars for organizations such as her Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the University of Alabama, Duke University, national nonprofits, global corporations, and family foundations.
As a working mother (yes, I know that’s a redundant expression, but you get what I mean), she’s found success in the business world while maintaining a strong personal/family life.
the hocking book One Bold Action a Day: Meaningful Actions Women Can Take to Realize Their Leadership and Career Potential.
Roger Dean Duncan: Some people are reluctant to speak out in situations, defend causes they value, or challenge views they see as wrong. What price are they paying for that?
Shana A. Hocking: It can be uncomfortable to speak up or disagree with someone in a meeting, and unfortunately you miss the opportunity to share your point of view. People, especially women, often think their work says it all, but this is rarely true. You are your own best career advocate.
Duncan: You say that a “bold move” isn’t necessarily a “big” one and can be as simple as asking a restaurant waiter to correct a mistake and serve you the salad dressing you actually ordered. increase. How do these ‘small’ bold moves help prepare you for those who make a bigger impact?
Hocking: Bold moves are intentional actions that help you move forward, learn and grow. I try not to categorize moves as “small” or “large”. Because the great thing about bold moves is that you define them.
What a bold move looks like to you will evolve over time, just like you. can do. For example, say you want to run a half marathon. Running a marathon is a bold move in itself, and what meaningful actions will you take each day to work toward this goal? For example, signing up, creating a training plan, waking up early to run. These are also bold moves. , because they are moving you in the direction you want to go toward your goals.
Duncan: To be present for yourself and others, you say we can benefit from four mindsets: (1) gratitude and (2). When Mindset, (3) Happiness Mindset, (4) Progress Mindset. please explain.
Hocking: These four ideas form the foundation of the Bold Move Mindset. Each way of thinking plays a special role, contributes to success in different ways, and all complement each other.
A gratitude mindset helps you find things to be grateful for each day.
of When The mindset helps us accept two seemingly contradictory truths simultaneously.
A happiness mindset helps you understand that happiness comes from the journey, not the result.
A progress mindset helps you celebrate how far you’ve come and what you’ve learned.
People often ask me if I should develop all my mindsets at once. It takes time and practice. If you’re looking to start something, I recommend an attitude of gratitude. This has radically changed my career and life by helping me see the good in the world and the people around me, including myself.
Duncan: What limiting beliefs seem to be the most common on people’s paths to self-actualization?
Hocking: People often think they’re not good enough and don’t belong in the role or room they’re in.
The Bold Move mindset shifts your thinking to focus on your ability to learn and grow. Giving yourself time to understand that you don’t have to figure it all out at once will help you focus on taking actionable steps toward growth. Over time, this will build your confidence.
Duncan: What do you think is the key to successful goal setting and achievement?
Hocking: Successful goal setting and achievement comes from being clear about what you want to achieve and why. This creates a system for setting you up for success, celebrating your progress, and finding supportive friends and accountability partners.
Duncan: What role does your willingness to be vulnerable play in your ability to establish and achieve challenging goals?
Hocking: It takes vulnerability to set clear, ambitious goals, especially those that others might try to discourage you from considering or achieving. Also, vulnerability is required to share goals with others. I say this as someone who for years has been reluctant to set or share their goals out loud for fear of not achieving them.
When I first started working on the book, I was worried about what people would think and whether they would support it. Over time, I practiced sharing my book goals with people close to me.
Duncan: What does a bold “performance pattern” look like in terms of observable behavior?
Hocking: Bold Move Performance Patterns are priorities that help you grow as a person. These include learning, hobbies, exercise and even rest.
Suppose you want to read more about Bold Move performance patterns. You need to create a goal structure and intent. You might spend the first 10 minutes of each day reading, or reading instead of scrolling through Instagram on your lunch break. If that feels too overwhelming, start with 15 minutes each weekend. Your goal is to be consistent with yourself, so you have fewer options each time.
Another way to do this is to carry a book with you when you go out. That way, reading becomes more accessible. Everyone has different ways of investing in their own development, but whatever you choose will improve your happiness, health and quality of life.
Duncan: How can people without leadership titles dare to lead?
Hocking: Leadership is not defined by titles or authority, but by the energy you manifest in serving others. Take the time to support your colleagues, connect the dots and share ideas across your organization. All of this strengthens the organization and provides leadership.
Duncan: How can leaders create and maintain an organizational culture that encourages people to adopt a “bold action” ethos?
Hocking: Employees feel personally and professionally supported when leaders respect and care about them as people. Knowing that leaders and organizations are investing in them helps motivate team members to innovate, learn, and achieve their goals.