Is your business mindset one of a Fold 'Em, does your company simply Hold 'Em or are you going to change the world by Going All In?
I was eating a Drumstick last night when it suddenly dawned on me. I associate pleasure to eating sugary foods. Aw crap.
Setting goals? Everyone, at some point of his or her life, has dreamed of being somebody special, somebody big. Who hasn't fantasized about being the one who hits the game-winning homer? Who hasn't dreamed of being the homecoming queen? And how many times have we dreamed of being rich, or successful, or happy with our relationships?
Procrastination. Even the thought of the word drives me crazy. But why does it emote such a response to anyone aiming for higher performance, yet has become such a part of our daily routine?
I like to make a quick checklist of three things to do before I leave my house for any reason. Otherwise I end up wasting my time and/or opportunities. Here’s what I do:
To be a fearless leader means you should be brave and take action but is easier said than done. After all, everyone has their own set of fears and leaders are no different. Despite your existing fears there are ways of becoming a fearless leader -and a good one at that.
How to Be a Fearless Leader
The very first thing you need to do to become a fearless leader is to know your own fears - your deepest fears, thoughts and emotions that hold you back. Keep a journal of your fears and be honest in recording all fears that affect you in your daily life.
Whether they are fears for your personal or professional life, record any fears that will hinder you from becoming an effective leader.
Getting Rid of Fears
Only after you are able to acknowledge the fears that you have will you be on your way to eliminating them from your life and turning into the fearless leader that you want to be.
This is possible only because the first step to becoming fearless is to accept those fears. If you are in denial of fears there is absolutely no way to become an effective leader.
Humility is the step needed to be honest about those things. Everyone has fears, so what exactly are you afraid of?
To work on those fears requires a decisive plan and a bit of balls - bravery is the important step here. Remember, you're working to become FEARLESS - there's no point in playing flaccid right now.
Ask yourself at this point how you intend to eliminate those fears. Find a quiet room, close the door and ask yourself out loud - but record the answer you have. There's no right or wrong answer. What you write down will become a road map for your success. Some stops on the map will be longer and some you will detour altogether. The importance is in the process.
As an effective, fearless leader, being conscious of your fears and building a map to success you will begin to push aside your past fears - the fears that overruled your emotions and prior leadership capabilities.
Every time you find yourself acting out of fear pull out your journal with your fear-conquering answers. Find a solution to your fears and go with it - you have a plan of positive, fearless action so why take a different route?
Becoming fearless doesn't happen overnight. You must learn patience during this process if you expect to see the desired outcome. Much like the map - some pit stops take longer to overcome than others.
Just by dealing with your fears you are gaining strength and wisdom as a fearless leader. It is vitally important you recognize your triumphs over your fears. For you to be a great leader you must reward yourself for your actions. Treat yourself to something that makes you happy. This way, you can look forward to times that you become fearless and turn your actions to a rewarding experience.
There are no hard and fast rules about what tools you must own, if you are going to embark on a mission to improve your time management skills. The following simple tools, however, are inexpensive, and can help make the process of tracking, planning and organizing your time easier and less burdensome.
These simple tools help you with time management by breaking down your day into three key areas: WHERE you spend your time, WHAT you are doing and WHY you do the things that you do.
It's that simple, really. Let's look at tools that make it simple to tackle the WHERE, WHAT, and WHY of effective time management.
Time Monitor Journal- This resource comes in both the digital and traditional varieties. It is useful in helping you to monitor and record your own use of time, in order to identify key areas for change.
While a special journal is not needed, you may find that a ready made one saves you time in the long run, by doing the majority of the work for you prior to the actual recording of your activities.
Planner- Available in digital and traditional formats, planners are wonderful for recording goals, making notes, keeping track of appointments and more. A planner is a must have to help you stay organized and on target, when working toward your goals.
Select a planner that allows you enough room to keep track of a number of appointments and daily goals, but that is small enough so that you are able to carry it with you at all times.
Organizer- These can be useful for planning a specific project, or managing a number of projects all at the same time. Digital and traditional versions of project organizers are available that can help you stay on top of the job.
What's your best-yet-simple-and-effective tool for time management? Leave me a comment!