As I’ve studied content tied to intentional growth, I found myself back in The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. Without a doubt, this is one of my favorite books! In the last few years, I’ve facilitated more than a dozen mastermind sessions studying content from this book. One of the chapters we cover in week 1 is The Law of Process: Leadership Develops Daily, Not in a Day.
As I look back over the last 20 years of my life, I don’t know that I could point to any “groundbreaking” things that I’ve done on a specific occasion that have had a huge impact on everything else; at least not specific to personal or career growth. (I can point to a few times where I’ve been forced to draw one of those lines in the sand to separate myself from things I absolutely refused to be associated with, but that’s a topic for another time…) While I don’t know that I’ve done any GREAT things, I believe I have done a remarkable number of AVERAGE things on a very consistent basis that have compounded into a life I feel very blessed to live. For instance, I REALLY enjoy music! Specifically, 80’s hair bands. As a matter of fact, as I write this message I’m less than 48 hours away from seeing 3 of my favorite 80’s hair bands live! However, I RARELY listen to music. That was a decision I made over 15 years ago; if I was going to be spending time in a vehicle alone, I would make that time an investment in growing myself. That was often in 15 to 20 minute increments, to or from work. Doing that just occasionally would have likely made no difference at all. But doing it over and over has been one of the most worthwhile things I have done with my time!
In illustrating this point, John says “becoming a leader is a lot like investing successfully in the stock market. If your hope is to make a fortune in a day, you’re not going to be successful.” Dave Ramsey, one of the world’s top authorities on personal finance and one of the 2017 LIVE2LEAD speakers, has become famous relating this principle to paying off debt.
So how are you applying The Law of Process? If you have any responsibility for leading others, I hope you’re investing in yourself daily. And sometimes that daily investment begins at an event where you meet or hear from someone that provides that one thing you’ve been missing. While I certainly don’t think LIVE2LEAD is the only thing someone needs to grow, it’s far and away the best resource of its kind for a growing leader. And by developing the tailored local programs we’ve been able to with the events we host each year, you have the opportunity to develop the relationships that can help sustain your growth process long term!
Talk with you soon,