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.
“The first person you lead is you – and you can’t lead effectively without self-discipline. Leaders must …
- Develop and follow your priorities.
- Challenge your excuses.
- Remove rewards until you finish the job.
- 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:
- How am I doing at this?
- 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.