More Effective Leaders

What prevents us from making the changes we know will make us more effective leaders?

The answer has to do with a daydream which goes like this:

"I’m incredibly busy right now. I feel as busy as I have ever felt in my life. Sometimes my life feels a little out of control. But I’m dealing with some very unique and special challenges right now. I think the worst of this will be over in a few months. Then I’m going to take a couple of weeks to get organized, start my 'healthy life' program, and work on personal development."

Have you ever had a daydream that vaguely resembles the above? How long have you been having this same, repetitive dream?

Most leaders have been having it for years.

The “couple of weeks to get organized” that most fantasize about, are not going to happen. Furthermore, there is a good chance tomorrow is going to be even crazier than today!

If you want to make real change, ask yourself this tough question: What am I willing to change now? Not “in a few months”. Not “when I get caught up”, but NOW.

So - take a deep breath. Forget your glorious plans. Accept the craziness of your life. Do what you can do now. Let go of everything else. And make peace with what is.

List the personal improvement activities that you have been planning to do - but have not quite got around to yet, and challenge yourself on each activity.

Get started on the activity within two weeks - or take that activity off the list.