10 Life Lessons That Increased My Leadership Development Skills.

The older I get, the more I know life has more to teach me. Today’s post will not be an exhaustive list of important life lessons I have learned, but, it is an attempt to put some of the important life lessons down that have increased my Leadership Development Skills. As simple as these seem at first, I hope they will still be an investment in your life leadership skills.
Let’s begin and see where this list may take us.

1. No one can ruin your day without YOUR permission.

Too often we voluntarily give permission for people to ruin our days. Amazing how we can wake up and start off doing great and then all of a sudden someone says something wrong to us or treats us wrong, and our day will begin to slip downward. Once this slide start sometimes it tends to just keep going down and then we will give that authority of ruining our day to even more people and more situations.

Stop it! Just stop it!

Do not give that authority away. Keep your mind about you and determine that maybe things will happen to you, but you will make it through it all. If you have to go through it, why not keep your good attitude about yourself.

2.  Most people will be about as happy, as they decide to be.

Ever witnessed one of those people who, no matter what happens, they always see the glass as 1/2 empty? Maybe you have seen the other type of person who the glass is always 1/2 full? These are choices people are daily making. People make these types of choices all the time. Sometimes for me living with the 1/2 full choice has to be a minute by minute choice when things get really hard, but, the choice is still made that I will see life as 1/2 full and not empty.

It is still a choice to see life as full or empty So make it 1/2 full, this is a learned leadership skill that if developed people will want to follow the 1/2 full and not the 1/2 empty. Stay focused on the Amazing You and all the great skills, and abilities that God our creator has given us. Staying focused on just these things will keep us joyful and spreading the excitement everywhere.

3. Others can stop you temporarily, but only you can do it permanently.

Make a decision that nothing can stop you except yourself. Remember that you are pretty amazing.  

Often times before a person builds the momentum they need to build to accomplish the things they desire to accomplish, they will hit some obstacles that cause them to just stop. Enjoy this video as Brendon takes on 3 of those potential obstacles that maybe you have hit and are not overcoming yet or you have hit and overcame. If you have overcome these 3 please share your experience and know how in the comments for others to be able to develop their leadership skills.

4. When your ship comes in. … Make sure you are willing to unload it.

Here is where I have found coaching to build successful leadership skills has paid off well. Meeting with others who are further along than myself in this journey of leadership and hearing their stories and life lessons are invaluable. My coaches and mentors have both met with me to prepare me for that time when opportunity knocks so that I will be ready. Preparing while the opportunity is knocking means you are already too late. It is important to be prepared before opportunity knocks.

5. If you don’t start, it’s certain you won’t arrive.

How you start something is crucial. Often times this can make or break a habit, a person, a routine, a system, well you get the idea. I feel so strongly about how we should start things I also blogged about it over here on How to start a productive day.

Often times people won’t start because they are paralyzed by the possibility of choosing the wrong direction or choice to go with. Andy Stanley has a podcast over at The Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast released 1/2/2019 titled “Building a Story brand“.  Go about 19:30 into the podcast and they start talking about this being paralyzed to make decisions. They then begin to drill down on how many do not have a vision for the future due to the fear of making the wrong decision or choices.

Take this one reason of being fearful of making a choice in a direction away from being why you may not be starting. Start, understand that more often than not there is not just one way or one right choice.

Now What?

This is only Part 1 of some Life Lessons that have helped develop my leadership skills. Look over these again and determine which one as simple as it may appear will you try and develop in your life? Write it down. Schedule times you will focus on it and find ways to strategically implement it. Find a mentor, coach or friend who you will ask them to hold you accountable.

Lastly, keep watching for part 2 of this post.

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