Stephen Covey wrote that one must become independent before becoming interdependent, as private victories allow one to win public victories later. You can think of this concept as personal leadership, the idea that you are responsible for leading yourself. The idea that you need to empower yourself is essential to success and productivity. If you want to lead an effective life, you have to hold yourself responsible for creating the desired results.
What are you responsible for?
You may have a person with whom you come to work, and the person in that role can provide you with the goals, initiatives, projects, or tasks that you need to accomplish. This person should never have to ask you to do the work that is asked of you. Your responsibility to yourself should always exceed your responsibility to others.
When you hold yourself accountable for the results you must produce, no one else will have to do it. It's the personal leadership mentality that underpins your success and your productivity.
- Health: You are responsible for your health and well-being. All your results start with your health. Your energy, your clarity and your stamina begin with your physical health. You must be accountable only to yourself, although it is likely that others will rely on you to take care of you.
- Wealth: The wealth you create – or do not create – is something that you determine yourself. Apart from paying your taxes, no one will ask you to create the desired level of wealth. No one will try to stop you from creating it either. When no one will hold you responsible, you can rest assured that this is an area in which you need strong disciplines.
- Growth: The educational system is not responsible for your growth and development, even though it could have helped you get started. Neither your parents after a certain age. Even if you think that your company is responsible for developing you, this is not the case. All these areas have a vision of growth that is too narrow and inadequate. You are solely responsible for reaching your full potential.
- Relationships: Much of success and happiness lies in relationships. Developing and maintaining these relationships is an area that requires ongoing and ongoing investment in time and energy. The quality of these relationships depends on your proactive efforts, without which they will be less than you want for yourself and less for the people who matter most to you.
- Contribution: It's hard to think of the contribution you want to make if you have no vision for yourself and your life in the areas mentioned above and in all other areas of your life where you can not expect others hold you accountable. Once you have recognized your responsibility to yourself in these areas, you can start thinking about the contribution you want to make while you are here.
What is planned
What is planned is done. What is not planned is not done. The antidote to "Drifting", the idea that you allow outside forces to lead your life wherever they want, is intentionality.
If you allow yourself two hours to plan your week, you will have a week much more effective than if you had started each day without first determining the most important results you should create. The results you will get from planning will not only be more meaningful, they will also be better.
At the end of the industrial era and at the beginning of the era of information, we found ourselves working with our brains and not our backs. We have also freed ourselves from being led by others in our work, the way we do it and when we do it. As supervision diminished, personal responsibility increased.
By acting on the most important areas of your life, such as your health, your wealth, your growth and your relationships, they have never belonged to anyone. If you do not have vision for these areas, no one has them. Without a plan, you will not be able to bring these visions to life.
What is measured
If you want to hold yourself accountable, you need a dashboard. You need a way to measure your goals and your progress to achieve them. Without a way to measure your results, you'll never know how to do it as you progress or need to make adjustments.
Your dashboard always tells the truth, which is why you can avoid looking at it. Being responsible to yourself requires you to step on the scale, even if you do not like what it tells you. This means that you have to look at your finances when you know that it is not what you want. In these areas, metrics are known and easy to capture. But you need a way to keep score in other areas, such as growth and relationships, even if the measures you use are subjective.
Your responsibility to yourself requires that you take an accounting of your progress in all areas that are important to you, but especially in areas where no one else is responsible for your results. If you start this trip, you may want to review your results more frequently, using a weekly scorecard to establish the disciplines. Over disciplines, you can move your comments at a monthly rate.
No one else
Nobody should expect more from you than you. No one else should ever have to hold you accountable for your results, whether it's personal categories here or results you are responsible for at work. By taking responsibility, you avoid anyone having to do it forever.
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