Are you a leader at work, in your family, or in your social circles?
If you are, you may have learned that to lead others well, the person you must know the best is yourself.
John Maxwell calls it the Mirror Principle because if your self-perception is wrong or distorted, your efforts and decisions will be misguided.
Here are 5 ways to lead yourself better starting today.
1. Act On New Information Immediately
Top performers don’t wait! They act fast on new information they learn!
There’s a big difference between learning something and acting on it.
How many books have you read and not acted on anything, or only a little bit of the information?
Acting quickly on new information helps you retain it for the long-term, and builds competency and confidence.
2. A Vision For Your Life
Just as a leader needs to cast a vision to lead people to, you need to cast a vision for where to lead yourself.
Vision is where you are headed. It’s not a dream, it’s not a goal, it’s the destination you’re moving toward until you have a new destination.
When there’s the absence of a personal vision, your time gets filled with the priorities of others, lack of purpose, and feelings of discontentment.
Cast a vision for where you want to be in life, and what life looks like in every area. Then, set goals and actions to achieve it.
God made us to be in community with one another.
The two key aspects of having community are: 1) having people around you to keep you from being isolated in your own thoughts, and 2) having a community of people who are sharing the same experience.
“You are the sum of the five people you hang out with the most.” ~ Jim Rohn
Surround yourself with a Network Of Challenging Minds, which is a group of like-minded individuals who are focused on pushing each other to grow themselves and others in the process in the same area.
Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. ~ Proverbs 15:22 (NIV)
Accountability is taking ownership of one’s situation or circumstances.
Many people look at being held accountable as something that will restrain them and limit their freedom…
I understand that mindset, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
YOU are the one in control of what you’re being held accountable for. If you don’t want to grow or be pushed for success in an area, don’t ask for accountability IN that area.
Great accountability helps you to see mistakes, trouble, and bad decisions before they happen.
When you ask an individual or a group to hold you accountable, you are telling your Root System that you are not going to allow The Lies to hold you back!
It’s something we all need, and it’s not something we give very freely.
Leading with grace requires a relationship with God, the ultimate grace giver.
When we recognize how much grace we’ve been given, it allows us to give it to others.
Grace gives you freedom to: 1) not try to be a perfect leader, 2) not need to know everything, and 3) be okay with failure.
Also, when you consider how you want to be treated in high-pressure situations, it allows you extend grace to others.
I encourage you to take action on these 5 ways to lead yourself better starting today!
Question: What’s one way you lead yourself to a stronger life?