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Lead Yourself First

"True leadership mastery begins when you FLY - First Lead Yourself"

 

In order to effectively lead others, you must lead yourself first. 

 

What does this mean exactly?

 

If you’re in any kind of leadership position, whether that’s professionally or personally, it will be difficult to get the most out of your team or family without understanding how to get the most out of yourself first. 

Where would you rate yourself on a scale of 1-10 on the following in terms of how you show up every day?

 

- Discipline 

- Energy

- Exercise

- Purpose

- Attitude

- Passion

- Effort

- Nutrition

- Self-Education

 

From here, focus and prioritize anything that’s less than a 5, that’s where you start.  Once you’re able to get those up to an 8, then it’s time to move onto the secondary areas which would be anything you rated between a 6 and an 8.  Anything at or above 8 is pretty remarkable in my opinion and will require more maintenance than development.  Although, that’s obviously not a green light to get complacent. It just means that you can trade more of your time for development in more important areas and focus on maintaining what either comes more natural to you or that you’ve already worked hard at to develop.

 

The next big question is what are you doing to close the gap from where you are to where you must get to? Where do you start?

 

Let’s say that you’re low on energy.  Some of the reasons will be obvious; lack of quality sleep, nutrition, water, etc. But it could also be less obvious and more challenging to overcome; loss of intrinsic motivation, no longer have a deep passion for what you’re doing, no sense of purpose, no night/morning routines, etc.

 

Journaling is a great way to catch these things from getting out of control.  It helps develop self-awareness, determine if you’re aligned with your core values, recognize when you’re starting to waiver from following your north star, feed your 2 main human needs, and many other incredible benefits.

 

Incorporating journaling into your night routine is what worked best for me to get started. There are a few go-to questions that I lean on regularly which include; What am I most proud of today? What’s one key area I must improve on? What’s one small action I can take in the next 24 hours that will contribute to improving the aforementioned key area? Why is this a must for me?

 

When you’re consistently making progress, no matter how small, you’re partaking in self-leadership. You’ll continue to inspire and influence not only your own behaviour, but those around you as well.  

 

You got this!

 

Brandin

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