Lead yourself first. Be your best follower…
Here are three key areas to master:
- Guard your words. If anyone is never at fault in what he says he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check. Your words steer your life. Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouth. With our words we praise our Lord and Father, and curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. This should not be. This is so significant and so true yet much easier said than done… as I was reflecting on this thought yesterday, Edna (my wife and best friend) asked me to help her remove some baked on crust from our glass cook top, and I am not kidding you the first words out of my mouth were, “that will not come out.” I realized right away that these words would steer my efforts and affect the end result. Just by my words we were already at a disadvantage. Be slow to speak and quick to listen. Speak love. Guard your words.
- Guard your focus. Protect what you allow your eyes to see and what you focus on. Clearly define, write down, review and remain focused on your purpose, goals and vision. There are so many things that want our attention, we have to get better at keeping the main thing the main thing. As best as possible do not allow the distractions, good or bad to get your attention. If we are not intentional about this, we will lose. Guard what you see and focus on.
- Guard your actions. Do the right thing. What you do speaks so loudly that what you say I cannot hear. The best form of leadership is leadership by example. This means Robin, not just writing these things above but living them out. Jesus Christ, the greatest leader of all time confidently said, “follow me.” Can we say that? None of us are perfect, let’s accept that and strive toward being the best that we can be. Guard your words, guard your focus and guard your actions.
Then confidently say, “follow me…”