When I was 20 years old I heard my first Leadership Lesson by John C. Maxwell.
It literally changed my life!
I absolutely loved when my Injoy Life Club tapes would come in the mail, yes tapes! I can still sing the theme song!
One of the tapes that literally wrecked me as a leader, was a lesson on the importance of a personal growth plan. Ever since that day, I’ve always worked hard to keep pushing myself and to keep developing my own personal growth plans.
1. Returning Emails/Texts/Facebook Messages/Twitter Messages. Yup, this is easy to correct, right?!? But, its hard for a more creative spirit like mine. My personal goal is to respond to emails within 48 hours. Texts as soon as I can. Facebook and Twitter…well, I don’t know. Lately, my messages have exploded and I can’t keep up. My new plan is to schedule an hour at the end of each day and respond to everything I can. I’m going to try that.
2. Not scheduling enough of a break after speaking/teaching. In the past 3 months, I taught at 9 retreats, 4 churches, 5 parent workshops, 3 teacher workshops, and spoke at 36 school assemblies.
I LOVED ALL OF THEM!
But, speaking/preaching is the most exhausting thing I do. I’m an emotional and passionate speaker and it uses a lot of energy to do that. So, I’m working hard at scheduling enough time between trips when I schedule down time and time to relax and recharge.
3. Being consistent with my eating. Probably the most embarrassing part of my personal leadership is my lack of self discipline with eating. I know all my skinny friends are going…just eat a salad! Yeah, not the best piece of advice…all fat people know that! Hah!
But, I let my stress and anxiety get the best of me and I make horrible food choices. I’m working hard at changing that.
4. Re-thinking my past. I don’t know if you can relate, but man oh mighty, I relive and re-think about the past way too much. I’ve been much better lately, but I use to let it control my thinking.
- What if this would have been different?
- What if I would have done this?
- How would things be different if…
IF, IF, IF
I’m working hard to live out Philippians 4:13…looking to what is ahead. Learning from my past, but not dwelling on it.
What habits get in your way? How are you working on changing them?