Steps To Becoming A Strong Leader

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Strong LeaderA leader is not born.
A leader is created.

The whole process starts inside the most dangerous place you'll ever encounter - your own mind.

How can you become a strong leader who:

  • inspires others
  • drives people toward excellence
  • holds people accountable
  • instills a sense of trust?

Learning what makes a great leader is your first step.


Here are five steps you take to become the leader you've always wanted to be:

1. Control yourself. Every great leader in history has had to become a master of self-discipline and willpower in order to stay focused on the big picture. If you don't have a goal or the drive to achieve it, you can't lead others to attain theirs.

* Follow through in everything you do. As challenging as it may be, you need to be disciplined enough to be where you need to be, when you need to be there, whether you want to or not. By being strong in your resolve and resisting temptation to give up, you are setting an example for others to live up to.

* Choose your emotional response to a situation carefully. Sometimes you'll need to practice the art of silencing your inner thoughts when they're not appropriate in order to set a positive example.

2. Project your goals. If the people you're leading don't completely understand the deeper meaning in their work, they won't share your vision or work ethic. Every step of the way, communicate with your team to make sure they're on the same wavelength and know what you expect of them.

* Get your team involved in the planning process and the implementation of your ideas. This gives everyone a greater sense of ownership toward the end result.

3. Praise highly and criticize constructively. The way you praise and criticize others can make all the difference in being able to lead effectively.

* Make sure you publicly praise the people who do excellent work for you. You'll give the person a sense of accomplishment and the drive to do even better.

* When someone does something wrong, offer constructive criticism and do it privately. Suggest solutions on how they can improve and take the time to answer any questions. They'll accept your input more willingly if they know it's done to help and not to harm.

4. Know your people. You can't truly lead a group of people unless you truly understand their hopes, dreams, struggles, pains, and goals. All the good intentions in the world mean nothing unless you have a true sense of the people you're working with.

* Talk to your team and get to know them. Getting to know each other on a personal level will strengthen the bond between you. They'll want to do better for you because you're more than just a "boss."

* Be their leader, first, and their friend second. You're their leader and that means that you have to make difficult decisions from time to time. These decisions cannot be affected by personal relationships.

5. Make the hard call. There are times when you have to bite the bullet and make some unpleasant decisions. Firing, demoting, and holding people accountable for their actions can be very hard at times. As a leader, it's your responsibility to handle these matters.

Regardless of where your leadership role takes you, believe that you can be a strong leader. Remember that in order to lead others, you must be disciplined yourself. After all, your actions will speak louder than anything you can say.

In order to gain the respect of others, strive to lead by example in every area of your life.

When you follow these simple guidelines, you'll be well on your way to becoming a true leader!

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The Secret to Overcoming Procrastination

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We welcome guest author, Moira Hutchinson of Wellness With Moira who shares her ideas on this timely subject.moira

overcoming_procrastinationOvercoming procrastination is an issue that many of us deal with (or put off dealing with) for as long as possible. Procrastination usually happens when you’re faced with doing something you don’t like to do, don’t know how to do, or fear.

When you procrastinate, the ripple effects can upset many things in your life. Delaying completing projects can affect your income, relationships, and self-esteem – not to mention your credibility!

In addition, it doesn’t just affect you; it affects everyone else close to you:

  • It can irritate your spouse and children and teach your kids to put things off, too.
  • Your friends might decide they can no longer trust you to do what you say.
  • It causes issues with your boss and co-workers who have to step in and do your work for you (until you get fired)!
  • It frustrates anyone who has to wait on you to get something done before they can do their part.
  • As bad as it seems, however, there are ways you can overcome your procrastination! Even if you’ve been putting some projects off for months, or if it has become a daily habit, you can still get back on track.

Follow these tips to transform yourself into someone who gets things done:

1. Divide and conquer. Most tasks are composed of several different pieces, which is why you’ll want to divide the task into a series of attainable action steps. Breaking it down this way makes it seem a lot easier.

  • Put some easy steps at the beginning that you can accomplish quickly.
  • Jump right in and complete those first easy steps. This will give you the confidence to continue, build momentum, and motivate you to get it finished.

2. Get some help. Don’t let pride get in the way of letting you get something accomplished.

  • If your time is short, ask someone to help with some of the tasks for you, especially the easy ones that can be dispatched quickly. This will give you more time to focus on the more difficult portions of the project.
  • Form a team and divide up the project. As the saying goes, many hands make light work! Learning to delegate helps make you more successful. If your delayed projects are at home, let your children do the parts of the project they can handle. They’ll learn some valuable life skills, too.
  • If you’re unsure of what to do, ask someone who’s done something similar before. They can quickly bring you up to speed. Once it’s no longer a mystery, you’ll find it’s not as much of a challenge as you thought!

3. Make a list. Write down all the things that you’ve been putting off so you have a concrete listing of exactly what you need to complete.

  • Put them in order of their priority. This way you’ll be sure to get the most important ones done first.
  • Divide each project into attainable tasks as explained above.
  • Post it where you can see it throughout the day.
  • Cross off each task as you finish it. Just the action of crossing something off that list makes you feel good and motivates you to get more done.
  • Reward yourself after you complete the full project.

4. Start some new habits. Now that you know some easier ways to get things done, use these same tips each day for every project that comes up.

Instead of just putting it aside for later, divide your project immediately into attainable smaller tasks, delegate what you can, and do something on it right away.

Make it a point to do this consciously for a few weeks and it will become a habit. Most experts agree that it takes three weeks to turn a conscious action into a habit.

Bernard Meltzer said: “Hard work is often easy work you didn’t get done at the proper time.” How true! The longer you put off doing a task or project, the harder it’ll be to get it done because more work has piled up, conditions have gotten worse, and others involved are now irritated with you.

Make your work easier and your life more enjoyable by following these tips to overcome your procrastination and avoid it in the future. You’ll be uber-glad you did!

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Does White Light Really Work?

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whitelightThis is a quick post. Flying this morning to Florida for business. Unsure if I was going to make it. Weather predictions were for a major storm. All I could imagine was my being forced to dig my car out of 5 foot drifts, missing my connections and missing the meeting. Yikes! Bad karma for sure. So last night, as the storm clouds gathered and the snow began to fall, I put as much "white light" around the snow, the weatherman, the snow plow driver, the car, the bus, the airplane—as much as I could!

And voila! The snow storm drifted  out to sea, leaving only a few inches on the ground. The snow plow came through 5 times last night, clearing a path for my car which started up on the first crank. The bus was on time, the plane is ready to go and there are blue skies above! White light works!!!

Do you ever use whight light to get you through tough times? Share in the comment section below. Peace to you this beautiful day.

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