Who is the most important person you lead?

“The most important person to learn to lead is oneself.”

This leadership maxim seems more relevant than ever.

Why? Because if you can't lead yourself by directing your attention on the important stuff in life, there's no shortage of distractions, shiny objects, and obstacles waiting to pull you off course.

But "leading oneself" isn't a once-in-a-while kinda thing. It's a systematic approach to how you live. Everyday.

Simple? Yes.

Easy? No.

Here are a few focus areas I pay attention to:

  • Managing stress
  • Boosting energy
  • Clarifying vision and values
  • Planning my work and working my plan
  • Prioritizing key relationships
  • Reflecting on progress

There are lots of ways to do these things, and there's no one right way.  That's the good news.  But the type of consistency you want doesn't show up by accident.  It requires commitment, practice, and reinforcement.