Leadership begins with the self. And the only way to become a good leader is to lead yourself well. Walking the talk is more than cliché. It is a silent but powerful strategy that can influence the people around you more than your words ever will. So all the work to become a great leader or teammate begin with the things you do to accomplish your goals. You have to start doing more than thinking or talking about getting things done. Here are some ideas on how to cross the line from talking to taking action.
Prioritize goals. Identify your biggest goals. Determine which ones are most important and work on breaking them down to smaller goals. But always keep your eyes on your prize goals.
Commit to taking action now. No matter how big the dream or goal, there is something you can do today that will help you accomplish it. It may not seem like much, but think of it as continuously chipping away whatever obstacles you have to overcome to reach your goal.
Execute. The best leaders know how to follow-through with a plan. They know that the best ideas are useless if not put into action.
Face fear head on. Becoming a leader takes courage. You have to face fear head-on and choose to keep moving forward despite it. It takes time to create this mindset. And the sooner you start doing things despite the risks or uncertainties, the sooner you tap into the courage you have in you.
Practice self-motivation. Leading is often a lonely job. For this reason, you have to learn how to motivate yourself. You have to develop self-awareness to know which type of motivations work for you. You can use positive self-talk and affirmations to keep your motivation when things get tough.
Seize the moment. Carpe diem – this ancient and much-used phrase still holds true today. You have to seize the day. Do what needs to be done with a sense of urgency. Seize the opportunity or moment when it presents itself regardless if the results seem uncertain. Taking action is better than waiting for the right time to come only to realize that it has passed you by.
Make best use of your time. There is only so much you can do at any given day. So you might as well make best use of the time you have. Learn to say no to things that do not serve a purpose to your end goals. You cannot waste your time trying to please everybody if you want to accomplish the more important things you set your eyes on.