Often we talk of leadership as a way to take a group or team from its current state to a better one. What we often fail to recognize is our personal success depends on our ability to lead ourselves.
It is the human condition to desire improvement. At a fundamental level, we all want to reduce pain and increase joy. The concept is rather simple: “Personal leadership is having the strength of character to take your personal performance from where you are to a better one.”
Leading yourself is not much different than leading others. It requires defining your direction and plan and then creating systems and accountability checks to keep you on track.
I have found that one of the biggest ways you may be derailing your personal leadership is your lack of routine and regimen. Often as an entrepreneur, you are wanting the freedom to determine your own destiny, but then that same desire for freedom is sabotaging your success. You want to follow your gut and do what feels right without depending on what has worked well so far. You abandon what works for what feels right.
So my challenge to you today is to develop your regimen and then hold yourself to it. From the way you start your day, make sales, deliver value, etc.
If you want to try something new, do it as an experiment against what is working – not a complete abandon of your regime.