The hardest person to lead is yourself.
If you can’t lead yourself, you really have no business leading others.
Rick Warren has some post-it note suggestions for keeping yourself focused on the task at hand.
- Tomorrow is too late.
- Do the worst first.
- Doing gets it done.
- Tomorrow is never.
- Make the day count.
- Doing beats stewing.
- In just two days, tomorrow will be yesterday.
- Do it anyway.
- Get the Now habit.
- Get a “round tuit.”
- Be a doer not a dawdler.
- Why wait?
- If not today, when?
- You don’t find the time, you make time.
- Make it happen.
- If you have to do it, do it now.
- Do it or ditch it.
- Only turkeys procrastinate
- Lead-time is the gift only I can give myself.
- Beginning is half done.
- Move ahead or move aside
- Winners don’t wait
- Choose this day to use this day.
What would you add to this list?
If I find myself having a hard time being motivated in some area of ministry that I’m called to do, I just get a book on it. If you have a hard time recruiting people to your ministry, go get a book on recruitment and read it. If you’re having a hard time delegating responsibility, get a book. If you’re having a hard time speaking in a Bible study, get a book on public communication.
This is “sharpening the ax,” to make your job easier.
Ecclesiastes 10:10 (ESV) If the iron is blunt, and one does not sharpen the edge, he must use more strength, but wisdom helps one to succeed.