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“Freedom is people realising they are their own leader.” Diane Nash

Leading Your Team Starts WIth Leading Yourself

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Leading your team well starts with you rising to the challenge of leading yourself. It’s a vital starting point for everyone in leadership, but especially for those running a business. Rates of anxiety, depression and burnout are horrifying for business owners. It’s a fact that 82% of entrepreneurs face burn out at least once in their career.

Leading yourself in strength and autonomy is a life-long mission that will have new mountains unfolding at every step of the journey. We could spend months on why it’s so important to nurture yourself, and how to keep reaching new heights of your own potential. But let’s focus today on some essential reminders to keep you on the straight and narrow of your own self-care. This is the only way you will experience increased success in leading your team.

“Freedom is people realising they are their own leader.” Diane Nash

Establish Routines That Serve You

Take a look around the landscape of your “normal life”. Honestly evaluate how you’re going with managing the areas that are key to fulfilment and well-being. Boldly ask yourself if you’re happy with the state of your health, your relationships, your mindset and mood, your financial management, your business growth, and other areas that are important to you as a person. Build the systems you need to grow your business sustainably.

Build Relationships That Lift You Up

Jim Rohn says we are the sum of the five people we spend the most time with. I’ve found this to be so literally true that it has made me quite ruthless with the way I manage my calendar. Your friends, family, colleagues, and acquaintances all leave a deposit as they move in and out of your life. Make sure you’re filling your mindset bank with ambition, learning and encouragement.

Defend Boundaries For Fulfilment

It’s all too easy to let things slide. To say yes to a small thing when you should have said no. To compromise on choices with your health, time, finances and general well-being. Only you control your choices, and only you have the power to say no when there are more important, valuable things to take care of. Your life will be defined by what you say no to.

Embrace Change With Every Part Of Your Being

If you want to enjoy different outcomes in your business it means moving away from the old into the new. It will take some bold steps to learn new skills and some clever thinking to resolve problems that will arise along the way. But the life you want doesn’t exist in how things were, or even how they are now. Every single thing you have ever wanted can only come when you create change. This is how you can achieve new freedom in business.

Guard Your Outlook

Feeling afraid, pessimistic, unworthy and overwhelmed are all normal human responses to hard times. But none of these feelings are the absolute truth. They’re real because you are feeling them, but they’re also fleeting. They can be dealt with by reminding yourself there are greater truths of success, ambition and empowerment that you can bet on. How you see determines what you see.