Great Leaders Know What’s Most Important and Prioritize
CHOOSE TO MAKE TIME FOR WHAT MATTERS MOST BEFORE IT’S NO LONGER A CHOICE
I talk a lot about the characteristics of great leaders and how to lead teams effectively. I was listening to a podcast recently and the sentiment was expressed about what happens at retirement time when you become full time with your spouse. As a leader at home, do you choose to make time for what matters most in your life? We go to work every day to pay for a lifestyle, but sometimes the work takes us away from the very lifestyle that we are working so hard for. Prioritize people that matter the most and make sure that they have priority on your calendar.
Don’t give up unique home relationships over work relationships. Often times the relationships that we have at work are a result of colliding schedules with people that go to the same place every day. When those schedules no longer collide, we never see those people again. Work relationship aren’t as deep as you think.
Confessions of a Workaholic
This is a bit of a painful experience writing this blog. It made me look back on my life and see that I didn’t ever make my kids a priority. When setting goals, they were always around making more money and building my career or winning a bike race. I didn’t factor in my children when setting personal goals. I felt that money would take care of all that. Today, I don’t have a close relationship with my children. They believed that other relationships were more important than they were. Consequently, today they have priorities that are not me.
Days Are Long, Years Are Short- Make Time for What Matters Most
Prioritize what matters the most to you when goal setting. Factor in your personal life goals with business goal setting. We all know that leaders are people that typically don’t have a problem working hard. Put your family on your calendar. Learn to say no to certain things now. No doesn’t necessarily mean forever. Don’t give up the unique personal relationships that you have, make sure that those people have a place of significance. When you retire from work someday, someone else will take over your leadership role. Someone else might also take over the leadership role in your family.
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