Hardest Thing You Will Ever Do

I read a weekly devotional called “Leadership Promises for Your Week” by John C. Maxwell.

This week has been around the topic of Leading from within. Maxwell talks about four points about leading yourself that struck a chord in me.

He states:

“The first person you lead is you – and you can’t lead effectively without self-discipline. Leaders must …

  1. Develop and follow your priorities.
  2. Challenge your excuses.
  3. Remove rewards until you finish the job.
  4. Stay focused on results, and never trade what you want at the moment for what you want most.”

It was this last point of not caving in to the temptations of the short-term satisfaction and holding out for the long term-reward that got me thinking. Leading ourselves is the hardest of all leadership challenges.

So, I asked myself two questions:

  1. How am I doing at this?
  2. Do I consistently choose to say no to the things in front of me, so I can stay focused on my highest priority and reach my most important goals?

Sorry to say, I need to work at this. I get distracted easily. How about you?

Excuses me my phone buzzed. Be right back.

Voting: For Elected Officials, but Also For Yourself

Today is Election Day for those of us in the Commonwealth. It’s my belief that voting for our elected officials is one of the most important responsibilities we have as US citizens. As I mentioned yesterday, taking responsibly is key to creating the life you desire.

Yet, so few people vote, and those that don’t are often the ones who blame, whine and complain the most about eventual outcomes. And this phenomenon isn’t limited to public elections. Every day, you choose whether to vote on a myriad of things.

What other things can you vote for in your life?

  • Vote to believe in yourself
  • Vote to believe in someone else
  • Vote to take that one action today that makes your tomorrow better
  • Vote to find your passion and live life to its fullest
  • Vote to improve your leadership skills in 2018

You can vote for yourself or against yourself in so many areas of life, so I want to encourage you to do two things today.

  1. Vote for your elected officials — it’s your duty and responsibility as an American citizen.
  2. Vote for yourself to make 2018 the best year yet.

Taking Responsibility

Today, it seems to be a foreign concept to take responsibility for your actions.  The tendency is to either make excuses, or outright blame someone else for your screw ups.  After all, how could it be your fault?

You have the wrong boss, my teammates are lazy, you’re the wrong sex, wrong skin color, your parents messed you up, it’s the Presidents fault, you don’t have any money, they stole your idea, you don’t have time and the list goes on.

I was once told- you can either create excuse or you can make money, it’s your choice. I thought that was pretty wise advice.  Another mentor once told me, “Excuses are like armpits, everyone has a couple and they both stink”.

The point being, at some point you need to stand up and take 100% responsibility for yourself. It’s  all up to you. Do you start from the same point as others? No. Is this thing we call life fair? No. But that has no bearing on what you can decide to do to pursue your passion and make a difference in your part of the world.

Own it. You were built for greatness, so get to it.