As John Maxwell observes, “Champions don’t become champions in the ring, they are merely recognized there.”
Debby celebrated her 7th birthday two months ago. She’s been taking dance lessons since she was three. On May 19, 2013, after four years of learning the five basic ballet positions, she performed on stage for the first time with The Peabody Preparatory of The Johns Hopkins University.
As you can imagine, she was very excited. She’s been obeying the Law of Process for the past four years and her time finally came to be on stage.
The Law of Process
“Becoming a leader is a lot like investing successfully in the stock market. If your hope is to make a fortune in a day, you’re not going to be successful.” To become a successful leader, you have to be intentional about growing yourself every day.
John Maxwell said “the ability to lead is really a collection of skills, nearly all of which can be learned and improved.” Two things will seriously impact your growth as a leader: your daily agenda and how much you invest in yourself. What you prioritize every day, day after day and what you spend your money on will tell what you are becoming.
The secret of our success is found in our daily agenda.” — Tag Short
Successful leaders are learners and they are constantly looking for ways to intentionally grow themselves. How much are you investing in yourself? As a leader, you should make it a practice to read books, listen to audio tapes and or CDs regularly, attend seminars and conferences, and “whenever you come across a golden nugget of truth or a significant quote, file it away for the future.”
Like Debby, your time will come to be on stage and to take the lead. But will you be prepared when your opportunity comes? Remember that “Champions don’t become champions in the ring, they are merely recognized there.” — John C. Maxwell.
“The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his time when it comes.” — Benjamin Disraeli.
If you want to lead tomorrow, you have to learn today. There is no overnight success; you will become what you are becoming right now.
How to to live by the Law of Process
If you want to be ready as a leader, you have to prepare yourself.
- Write out your personal plan for growth. For example, read one book on personal growth or leadership in a month, listen to at least one CD, or streaming message a week, attend one seminar quarterly and one conference a year. However you plan it, make sure you have a personal plan for growth.
- Keep a calendar. A well used calendar will show your priorities, your passion, and it also reveals how and where you spend your time. Successful people are good time managers. It is important that you keep a calendar. You want to track how you spend your time. You can make more money but you can never make more time.
- Invest in those who follow you. Take groups of employees through books; bring in trainers to train your team, mentor people one-on-one.
- Create a culture of growth. Create the kind of environment that value, resource, and reward personal growth and development. This kind of environment attracts high achievers and people with great potential.
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