“The Power of Leadership”
Yesterday the ‘rubber hit the road’ in Personal Leadership with ‘I say what I will do,’ today we see if we’re for real with ‘I do what I say.” This is similar to discussion of recent weeks on the “Thought of the Day” with what is basically the no B.S. accountability measure of Personal Leadership: you either do it, or you don’t.
I used to play A LOT of golf when I was younger and when I think of this step today, I am reminded of the Rules of the Game of Golf which are a rough set of probably archaic and possibly harsh standards for behavior and compliance, which are almost exclusively self monitored and self enforced. So it is with “I do what I say.”
Sure if I say I’ll meet you at 8:00am and I don’t show, you’ll know I didn’t show. And those of you who read the “Thought of the Day” know how important I feel punctuality is, but if I write in my plan for today that I will call prospects until I get an appointment and I don’t do it or I quit at 5:00 without it done, it’s unlikely that anyone but me will ever know. Furthermore, if I quit at 5:00 I can most assuredly find a whole bunch of other people who will happily support me in that decision and spend the whole evening commiserating with me about how hard it is to get an appointment these days and how rude people are on the phone and you know with the economy like it is who would buy anyway? That’s not leadership talk or leadership thinking, you say, true I say, but only a few are really leaders and only a few are really high achievers like you and I!
Do not allow another day to pass in which you ‘never get around’ to that important, but uncomfortable step in your plan to achieve your goals.
- Know what you want and where you are going.
- Have a plan with a time frame.
- Do it.
That’s Personal Leadership.
“I wish I had an answer to that, because I’m tired of answering that question.” – Yogi Berra
Have a great day!
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