It is easy to become distracted and immune to the mindset that coincides our worth to the positions we hold living in a society that glorifies labels and titles. Your mind can create narratives that say the only way you can begin to make a difference is with that promotion or C-Suite. The reality of the matter is if you have a body, you are a coach. You are a leader. And you have the ability every day to be a positive difference maker in the life of another person. Before you can coach and lead anyone else, you must first coach and lead yourself.
Avoid living the life of average. One of the smartest things we can do with life is to grow. You must be in control of your personal growth. Each moment we are presented with a plethora of temptations and impulses to short cut the process. Learn to fall in love with the process, the repetition, the discoveries, the obstacles, and the journey. When life's storms come, do not sail away from them row towards them. Acknowledging your mistakes and welcoming different points of view is a simple lesson that coaches and leaders fail to master.
As our society, communities, and institutions continue to navigate a world of high tech, low touch interactions the development of coaches and leaders that create a high-performance culture based on empathy, morals, and ethics will be more imperative than ever in leading their teams and organizations forward, upward and inward, and not backwards.
A lack of self-discipline is the main reason individuals, teams and companies take the wrong path in life. Habits are memorized solutions. No matter how high your leadership ranking or status becomes on your journey, you must never stop learning and listening. The more you know. The more you realize you do not know. Knowledge is like food. You do not just consume it, you must also digest it. Realize your ego is always lingering in the shadows, waiting to destruct and unravel everything you have ever worked for and built. So always remain mindful of your choices. Your life is here to be lived. Take charge of your life and commit to excellence while preparing for every moment, no matter the task at hand!