Discipline: Leading Yourself

Today is unquestionably your day. It’s time to take responsibility for your life.

In God’s perfect plan He made you to be the person you are. Before you were a thought in your parents’ minds, God had determined the place you would be born and the times in which you would live. He has sovereignly chosen to place you right where you are for a divine purpose. If you don’t realize that now, every obstacle you face will be one more excuse to fail

Former United States President, Theodore Roosevelt, is quoted as saying:

“If you could kick the person in the pants
responsible for most of your trouble,
you wouldn’t sit for a month.”

His point, of course, is that if we really looked for the person that causes us the most trouble in our lives, we would always find it to be ourselves. If we want to grow as a leader, we have to stop making excuses for why we cannot do what God has called us to. Instead, look for ways to build ourselves up until we can overcome the current set of obstacles we face. We must commit ourselves to personal growth.

The history books are filled with people that overcame all forms of adversity and negative opinions to accomplish great things. Even as I write this, I think about people like Moses who made every excuse in the book for not going to talk to Pharaoh. Yet, when he overcame his fears and stepped into the destiny to which God was calling him, the course of history for the people of Israel was forever changed.

This story of overcoming obstacles and finding success can be your story, too, but you have to decide that you will do whatever it takes to become the man or woman God has called you to be and fulfill the call on your life. This commitment takes personal discipline and a determination to lead yourself before leading others.

Question: What is the one thing you can begin
doing today to invest in your own personal growth?

If you have a vision but lack the proper education or knowledge, then perhaps it starts by picking up a book or signing up for a class. If you have a message to share but lack an audience, then perhaps it’s reaching out to other leaders in your community for advice on where to begin.

Though your personal story and your calling are unique, let’s wrap up with a few points of general advice to get you started thinking about ways to lead yourself.

  • Read: It is often said that “readers are leaders” and “leaders are readers.” If you want to lead, then you can’t spend all of your time pouring out without taking time to fill yourself up. You must continue to learn and grow. Read everything you can get your hands on that will help you grow as a leader in your area of influence.
  • Follow: While it is true that no one can take you all the way to leadership, finding someone to mentor you can take you further a lot faster. Find someone whom you respect as a leader – perhaps a pastor or business leader in your community – and ask them questions about leadership and personal development. Observe how they lead others, and apply what you learn to your own leadership style.
  • Invest: If growing as a leader is a priority, you must invest in it. Becoming a great leader will cost you time and possibly money, but the reward is worth it. Are there leadership events near you? What will it take for you to attend? Is there a life-planning or business management course you can take? Is it worth saving up the money to do so?
  • Share: As you learn leadership principles and ideas, begin to share them with others. When you begin to tell others what you are learning, it will automatically have more meaning in your own life and mind as well. Perhaps you could even gather a small group of peers to discuss the future articles you get from this network. That is a great first step to not only leading yourself, but leading others as well.


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About The Author

“We are debtors to every man to give him the gospel in the same measure in which we have received it.” This quote by P. F. Bresee sums up the motive of Jan’s heart. Whether through her speaking, teaching, pen and paper, her trusty laptop, or music score, spreading the Gospel is of paramount importance. Whether a Bible study, devotional, short story, poem, website copy, testimonies, or new songs from the depth of her heart in worship, the presentation of the Gospel creativity flows from her heart with passion, purpose, and proof that the Lord is the central focus of her entire life. Jan’s heart beats in constant rhythm of encouragement for today along with hope for tomorrow based on her love for the Word of God, His Body, and those who have yet to hear the the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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