Habits. We all have them, whether we realize it or not. Maybe yours is the time of morning you make your coffee or the first thing you do when you see your desk at the beginning of each day. But, what we don’t all possess and what sets a leader apart is the ability to recognize the fact that our habits, both simple and complex, actually shape our lives and become the goal posts in our journey to who we want to become.
There’s a well known quote by John Maxwell that says “Leadership develops daily, not in a day” that illustrates this concept well for people who may not understand that the actions of everyday life are the very ingredients of the future we create for ourselves. By grasping this and having a good understanding of the importance of your daily habits, we have the opportunity to create within ourselves true leaders.
The truth is, not having a plan is a plan. It’s a plan to never get where you are trying to go. The lack of a plan says that your investment in yourself and the dream God has placed within you is not worth the attention to detail it takes to get there. While it’s important to be prepared to respond to the spontaneous opportunities given to us, it’s imperative that we don’t count on “dumb luck” to usher us into our destiny. What dream are you trying to build and what is it going to take to get there? This is the work we must do in order to develop daily habits that help us on our journeys, rather than hold us back.
The question we must ask ourselves, is “What have I done today to create the tomorrow I desire?” This doesn’t mean copycatting the habits and schedules of well-known leaders, though that may be a useful tool to begin. Your journey is unique and only you can determine what small habits when practiced over a long period of time will benefit your end goals. Make your plan your own. Perhaps for you, your schedule is so rigid that you need to find a way to pencil in creative idea time to dream and plan. Or, maybe you need the discipline and resolve to hit the gym and be the healthiest leader and example you can be to those that follow you. Whatever it may be, only you can decide what it truly takes to develop the leader waiting inside you.
Most importantly, you can’t expect to lead others and gain their trust without a habitually healthy lifestyle. When people don’t know what to expect, they don’t know where to follow. When was the last time you examined your daily habits? Is it time for a habit overhaul in your life? Audit your daily process and find within yourself the ability to create the future you have always wanted!
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