Have you ever felt that what you want to achieve is impossible? Fear and doubt are human nature, but it doesn’t mean you cannot change those thought patterns.

It’s time to take charge. Believing in yourself and challenging yourself are the pillars of success.

This empowerment is accomplished by following five steps:

1.    Know yourself: Can you handle the pressures of being a leader? Are you a delegator? Know your strengths, and build a team that compliments your weaknesses.

2.    Create a strategic vision: Is your vision realistic? If you’ve got your ducks in a row, make your vision known and get your staff to support it.

3.    Understand the business: You’ll succeed when you know your business inside and out — and not only that, but knowing your competitors well. Keep in mind to not dwell on what others are doing, but to let it strengthen your vision.

4.    Mentor and coach (and recognize when you need to): It’s your obligation to do this, and to know when you need it, too. This could also be a confidence-boosting activity for the organization as a whole.

5.    Be ready for extraordinary results: You get what you expect — so expect the best. A positive attitude is everything.

Those who expect greatness in their business and set high standards for the organization will be much more successful that organizations with low expectations.

Mike Moore is the HVAC Training Director at HVAC Learning Solutions, an HVAC industry expert in sales, technical, and business training. Visit Mike’s blog for more insights. Mike can be reached on Twitter @hvaclearning or on Google+ at gplus.to/hvactraining.