Before you can lead others, you must lead yourself.
What does this mean?
It simply means that before you can be successful at leading, managing, or influencing others, you must have control over your own life. This does not mean that your life is exactly the way you want it. It does mean, however, that you accept accountability and responsibility for yourself and your life. It means that you are taking action to create the life you want and the person you want to become.
To do this, you need to be aware of what makes you, you. What are your thoughts? Values? Beliefs? Passions? Goals? Motivations? Who are you and why are you the way you are? This helps you determine why you do the things you do. (Why we do things is usually more important than what we do. That is the topic for another blog.)
This applies to your personal life and as well as you professional life. Each impacts the other. An important benefit to this is that the skills that make you successful in one aspect of your life can assist you in another aspect. For example, skills that you learn to deal with less-than-desirable co-workers can usually be used to deal with those pesky relatives that refuse to fall off the family tree!
These blogs are designed to provide you with an opportunity to think about various topics. From this you may gain a new perspective about yourself, your motivations, and your actions. After that, it becomes much easier to make changes in your thoughts and behaviors if you decide to do so.
I hope you will become a frequent reader!