Welcome to another Ask Katrina. The question is

“Katrina, what are the most valuable things that I can do as a first-year executive to really propel myself and my career forward?”

That is a fundamental question. What can I do? What are the key things that I must do?

So I will give you three action items in the next 3 weeks to execute.

80% of our success is psychological.

If you think about any athlete at the top of their game, if you talk to anyone at the top of their industry or an organization, they only got to the top because of this: they learned how to control and master their mind.

If you talk with an athlete, for example, if you talk with a basketball player, what do they do?

They talk about absolutely seeing themselves shooting the shot and they see the ball going into the hoop.

They visualize shooting the ball at various places on the floor, from a layup to a three-pointer to a foul shot.

They control their minds and they see success.

Our brains don’t know what’s reality, and what’s not.

That’s why we can live in fear.

Because the brain doesn’t know what is real and what isn’t.

So if it’s so easy for us to tell ourselves that we should doubt and we should stay in this place of fear, it should be just as easy to tell our brains how successful we are.

It is just as easy to tell ourselves how great we are at communicating, how amazing we are at being this executive leader, and how we’re deserving of the success that we’ve been generating.

The First Step is Believing

It all starts with our brains.

Don’t forget it.

Again, 80% of success is psychological.

It is the mindset that we walk into the situation with that matters. It’s only 20% mechanics.

So any leader, any coach, any strategist that stands in front of you, and says, “Well, I will just teach you a lot of strategies,” let me tell you, I will absolutely teach you strategies, but I teach you a lot about how to control your mind.

Because when you believe you can, when you step into the space of confidence, and you know that you’re going to deliver at the executive level, you will deliver at the executive level.

When you say that you must do it, then what you start doing is you start looking for solutions, you start opening yourself up for the strategies to come in, and for you to start applying them.

It takes the average first-year executive 12 months to generate performance results in that new role.

Why does it take so long?

I talk about it all the time.

You’re learning and then you’re applying and then you’re learning and then you’re applying.

What are you learning?

Most people who watch my videos assume that we’re learning how to apply strategies, and yes, you are learning to apply strategies.

But what you’re doing is you’re also learning to believe in yourself.

You’re learning how to have that executive mindset.

You’re learning how to show up and carry yourself as an executive.

That starts in your mind.

You’re learning as much about how to be an executive psychologically, as you are strategically and from a skillset perspective.

The answer to “What are the things that I need to do to be a successful executive?”

The first step is to have the psychology to tell yourself, you’re going to be successful.

If we get our minds right, if we believe in ourselves, we know that we can go from “maybe I should do this” or “maybe I can do this” to “I must do this.”

If we step into that power and make it a must, and we psychologically tell ourselves that we must be successful, we must figure it out, we must be confident then we prepare ourselves to learn.

Without the mind being right, we’re never going to get there.

The majority of what holds these new executives back is the mindset.

Step #1: Is your mind right?

Are you committed to being the executive that you’re meant to be?

Do you believe that you can be that person?

Do you believe that you’re meant to be that person?

If you cannot confidently sit there and say yes then the first step is closing that gap.

If you like support and working through that, please, by all means, reach out to us.

Check out the vlog next week for step 2 of this 3-series Ask Katrina.