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Be the Leader You Seek

We all want to be inspired.

Do you ever get that feeling where you want to do something, you want to achieve something…… you’re not quite sure what yet, but you are waiting for some inspiration!

 

Often – we look to leaders for our inspiration, but I have an alternative for you. Read about it here, or watch while I explain my thoughts…

 

So – you are looking for inspiration, for that charismatic speaker who inspires an entire audience to go out and achieve!

He stands in front of you, calling you to take action, to go for your dreams, to put a plan in place, and take that first step on your journey to success.

 

So I ask you a question – have you found that leader yet?

Have you found the inspiration that will get you off your bum, and encourage you to take those actions that you know you must take?

 

No?

 

Well I have a suggestion for you.

Instead of searching for that inspirational leader, why not become him.

 

Become the Leader you Seek

 

Last year, I felt that I was losing enthusiasm for my business. I knew it worked, I have seen all of the evidence, I know people who are incredibly successful in the business, but it was not really working for me, as quickly as I wanted it to.

 

I attended various business meetings, and saw those successful people speaking about how things worked for them, and I realised that I wanted to be like them. I wanted to be the Successful Leader, but I realised that, rather than simply seeking out a successful Leader, I should become that successful Leader.

 

What does that mean…. “Become the Leader you Seek”?

Well – for me, I decided to write down what I looked for in a leader. A leader must….

 

  • Be confident
  • Speak from experience, not just from a text book
  • Be professional in their dealings with everyone
  • Be willing to share – ideas, knowledge, etc.
  • Be constantly learning
  • Be a good communicator – to individuals and audiences
  • Inspire me
  • Care for people
  • Be a good example
  • Encourage People

 

There are many other attributes – and you should write down your own list of what you would look for.

 

Now, when I had written down the attributes that I would look for in a Leader, I decided the best way for me to progress, the best way form me to “Become the Leader I seek”, was to adopt these attributes myself.

 

If I became more confident, if I practiced everything that I preached, if I dealt with everyone in a professional way, if I shared my knowledge with people, if I kept reading and learning, if I improved my communication skills, if I cared for people, set a good example, and I encouraged people, then I would become a Leader, and I would inspire myself!

 

You see, the beauty of this approach is that you can start to become the leader you seek, today. You do not have to wait until you have found the right person. It could be years and years before you find just the right inspirational leader. YOU are the right person to inspire yourself.

and you can start in your new role NOW.

 

Come on – off you go!

 

Best wishes

Chris Smith

Don’t spend Major time on Minor things

Do you find you just don’t have enough time in the day? You have so much to do, and just not enough time to do it in?

 

That’s what I’m like – my to-do list never gets done! No matter how much time I spend doing the things on the list, there are always more things added to it.

 

Now I think I am a pretty organised person. I have my to do list. I plan my day. I follow the plan. I adjust the plan to hit my goals, and so on. But I always thought I could do more, or I could do things more efficiently.

 

So a couple of days ago I took a look at what I do, and I’ll share with you my findings.

 

It all started with these two guys – Jim Rohn and Darren Hardy. You may know them – both terrific authors and speakers on personal development.

 

One of Jim Rohn’s speeches is about people who spend Major Time on Minor things, and end up spending Minor time on Major things. I think this is one of my problems. I spend lots of time doing stuff, I am always busy, and I work hard. But am I working hard on the right things?

 

This is where Darren Hardy comes in. Darren explained that if you really want to improve things in your life, you need to measure it. Keep track of what you spend your time on.

 

So I started keeping a diary of what I was doing. Not every minute, but every half an hour. From when I woke up in the morning, to when I went to bed.

 

…and I grouped these into 11 categories. They will be different for you, but for me, the categories are…

  • Supporting my team (one to one)
  • Retail (delivering catalogues, orders, etc)
  • Talking to prospects
  • Generating Leads
  • Emailing prospects
  • Team infrastructure (setting up training etc.)
  • Goal Setting
  • Branding myself (my Blog)
  • Personal Development
  • Admin
  • personal stuff (lunch, family things, etc.)

…and every 30-minute slot was allocated to one of these categories.

 

Then I decided which of these categories are REALLY important to achieving my current goals. My current goals are around increasing my income from my business. I have other goals as well, personal development goals, family goals, health goals, but for the moment, my business goals are my focus.

 

Here are the categories I decided are my MAJOR ones…

  • Supporting my team (one to one)
  • Talking to prospects
  • Generating Leads

and when I analysed the time I spent, I found that I was spending 26% of my time on these items, and 74% on other things.

 

So clearly I have been spending MINOR time on MAJOR things. Time for a change. If I am serious about my business goals, I need to spend more time on them.

 

Over the next couple of weeks I will be thinking a lot more about what I do, and my aim is to spend AT LEAST 50% of my time on the activities that will have the biggest impact on me achieving my goals.

 

I will let you know how things progress.

 

Bye for now

 

Chris 🙂