As leaders we must understand that our actions express our priorities. When we allow our ambition to take over, we can sometimes lose sight of what matters.
Has your work become more important than your relationships?
Do you find it harder to take time off from work, or even to pull yourself away at the end of the day?
Are you losing touch with people and things that are important to you because you never seem to have time for them?
When our priories are askew, we’re thrown off balance…
And, as you know if you’ve ever tried to push a grocery cart with a bad wheel, even a small area of unbalance affects everything around it.
In this area, as with others, change begins with an honest appraisal of ourselves—not just how our work affects others, but how it affects us in every area of life.
One way to measure how well your priorities are working is to look at your personal balance in some important areas:
Am I Physically energized: Do you do physical activity to keep yourself shinning with vitality?
Am I Mentally focused: Do you do non-work-related reading or other mental workouts, so it can result intuition and inspiration.
Am I Ethically consistent: Do you live your life encompassing your core convictions, so you can be steady and stable in your integrity.
Am I Emotionally connected: Do you maintain an emotional connection with your inner and outer being, so you can create more meaningful connections.
Am I Spiritual Aligned: Are you giving yourself the time for inner discovery and inner reflection, so you be your own source of influence and incentive.
Attention to each of these areas is vital to for alignment and connection to self:
Physical exercise gives us more energy to spend on the things we care most about. Mental activity keeps our thinking nimble and frees us up to see the bigger picture. Emotions and spirituality help us maintain healthy connections with ourselves and the world around us.
It’s all to easy to lose sight of our priorities. To keep them in focus, remember the difference between what is urgent and what is important and putting what’s important first.
The secret is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.
That process begins with identifying what is most important and knowing what brings meaning and then going out and doing it.
Lead from within: A heart-based leader is one who knows when to set aside the urgent things in order to accomplish the vital ones and thus creating the balance of a leader.
N A T I O N A L B E S T S E L L E R
The Leadership Gap
What Gets Between You and Your Greatness
After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.
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Of Lolly’s many awards and accolades, Lolly was designated a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc. magazine. Huffington Post honored Lolly with the title of The Most Inspiring Woman in the World. Her writing has appeared in HBR, Inc.com, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, and others. Her newest book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness has become a national bestseller.