All great leaders have understood that their number one responsibility is cultivating their own discipline and personal growth. Those who cannot lead themselves cannot lead others.
Here’s what I call the START plan for becoming a disciplined leader:
* START ON YOURSELF – We’d all rather focus on changing everyone else to conform to us. The only problem with that is we end up with an organization full of people who reflect our weaknesses!
* START EARLY – I’m grateful for parents who taught me the value of a disciplined lifestyle early on.
* START SMALL – A simple plan will more likely bear fruit than anything elaborate will. Remember the value of small things, consistently practiced over time, in transforming a life.
* START NOW – The will to prepare is more important than the will to succeed. The dream to succeed, apart from the will to prepare, is simply wishful thinking.
* START ORGANIZED – Those who take time to organize have a special power. Organizational skills allow for the possibility of gaining stamina and momentum as your successes build. You gain a reputation as the person who always follows through.
Now that you’ve started down the road of self-evaluation, receiving constructive criticism, and self-discipline, you’re ready to determine where you are as an effective leader.
“Start from wherever you are and with whatever you’ve got.”—Jim Rohn
Taken from: Jim Rohn Newsletter