Are you consistently excellent?
When it comes to excellence, how consistent are you? Do you take a few days off and get lazy? Is it something that you are constantly thinking about? Excellence is not something that just happens by chance. You must educate yourself on how you can be excellent today, tomorrow, and in the future. In the #CJJblog this week, I want to discuss the two S’s of excellence: Self-care and Serving others. Enjoy.
- Self-care. How can you improve your energy? 1) Block off time for exercise, 2) Eat natural foods, drink a lot of water, and cut out caffeine, 3) Get 7-8 hours of sleep every night, and 4) Sit quietly for a brief period each day. You should also focus on feeding your mind as often as possible. You can do this by: 1) Reading, 2) 2-for-1 (ex: listening to a podcast while mowing the lawn), and 3) Turn your car into a library on wheels. What is your passion? For me, I want to help others build successful teams and become better leaders. How do you analyze your daily habits? Ask yourself three questions: 1) What should I keep doing? 2) Should I add any habits? 3) Should I eliminate any habits?
- Serving others. Effective leaders have two qualities. They are confident and humble. How can you service others consistently? 1) Recognize others (ex: congratulate or send birthday card), 2) When starting a meeting, get everyone else to speak first, and 3) Serve your team first. Do you have empathy? You can: 1) Hold 1-on-1 meetings with your team members and have questions prepared, 2) Seek first to understand, not respond, 3) Ask questions to clarify and enhance your understanding, and 4) Constantly put yourself in their shoes.
Did You Know? Coach Jim Johnson spoke to a group of students this week at Roberts Wesleyan College, in Rochester, NY about “Ten questions all leaders should be able to answer.”
Life Tip #19: Constantly seek to improve your communication skills.