1. Be Proactive
Being proactive means thinking and acting ahead of anticipated events; this means using foresight. Not only is it a great method for avoiding more work down the road, but it can be extremely important for averting disasters. Planning well for the future and for instituting systems at work and in study, and planning at home can make life easier, not just for you, but for others too, and besides, it may make you more popular. Many of us look to proactive people as the instigators of action and creative ideas in society.
2. Begin With The End In Mind
Begin each day, task, or project with a clear vision of your desired direction and destination, and then continue by flexing your proactive brain and muscles to make things happen.
3. Put First Things First
Work first then play; spend your time on things that are most important. This means to say no to things you know you should not do. Set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. Be disciplined and organized, this is the best way to stay on track and be effective.
4. Think Win-Win
Balance courage for getting what you want with consideration for what others want. Make deposits in others’ Emotional Bank Accounts. When conflicts arise, look for alternative way to address the issue with compassion yet strength and courage.
Embracing conflict will let everyone know where each other stand.
5. Seek First To Understand Then To Be Understood
Listen before you talk, always listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. Try to see things from their viewpoints. Listen to others without interrupting. Be confident in voicing your ideas. Always look people in the eyes when talking.
Together is better, value other people’s strengths and learn from them. Get along well with others, even people who are different than you. Work well in groups. Seek out other people’s ideas to solve problems because by teaming with others you can create better solutions than you can do alone and always, always, always be humble.
7. Sharpen The Saw
Balance feels best; take care of your body by eating right, exercising and getting sleep. Spend time with family and friends. Take every inch of your life and learn from it; learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school. Find meaningful ways to help others, church, charities, donations etc.
LAST BUT MOST CERTAINLY NOT LEAST!!!!!!
8. Find Your Voice (This is most important and very detailed so pay close attention)
Finding your VOICE does not mean talking louder…or faster…or speaking just to make noise or impress others.
Basically it means that you have found your niche – an area where you excel. You are very good at something and you are now able to express your ideas and/or views and are now able to encourage or lead others.
Finding your VOICE mean discovering what really matters in your life…discovering your Values. Your passions. Your talents. Your hungers. Your thirsts. Your flairs.
Finding your VOICE means creating your Outcomes to get what you want and need. Establishing your goals. Building that roadmap…whether on a dirt path or a concrete highway…so the resulting journey is one worth taking. Charting your map of Outcomes provides you can handle the smooth or bumpy roads with lots of detours along the way.
Finding your VOICE means building your Influence muscle. Once you have identified your Values and Outcomes, how do you Influence yourself, your environment and those around you to maximize your opportunities and results. Recognizing and developing your Spheres of Influence are key to being successful in using your VOICE.
Finding your VOICE means developing the Courage to do what you know is right for you. The Courage to take a risk and step out of your comfort zone, no matter how small a step. The Courage to try on new behavior. The Courage to speak up. The Courage to change directions. Or the Courage to stand alone in a crowd no matter how scary that sounds.
And finally, finding your VOICE means creating your overall Expression of who you are… to your community and to the world. Communicating your needs and wants. Contributing your talents and capabilities. Building and re-inventing your personal “brand” so you remain renewed and refreshed so your shelf-life is extended past any pre-determined expiration date. Your Expression is the culmination of finding, creating and using your VOICE to make a difference for yourself and your life.
Discovering your Values, creating your Outcomes, sharing your Influence, developing your Courage and conveying your overall Expression…are all of the ingredients for finding and using your VOICE as a leader.
Are you ready to be a LEADER?
What are you waiting for? It’s all up to you! FIND YOUR VOICE!!!