No, I am not telling you to bring the booze….LOL. This stands for Be Your Own Boss. Whether you are self-employed like I am or you work for someone else, you need to be your own boss. How do you do that?
We are all leaders, albeit reluctant at times. Obviously some leaders are excellent, and some are poor. Some are even absentee. Lead from the front. Engage with your family, your team, your community, your troops. Get out from behind the desk or out of the easy chair and engage with those that are in your path.
Accept responsibility. Everybody makes mistakes. There is an old joke when 2 people were discussing being wrong. One guy admitted to being wrong a lot of times in his life. The other guy said, “I was wrong once, but that was when I THOUGHT I was wrong.” We have all known folks like the second guy. Never wrong. Never able to admit mistakes. Slow to apologize. Quick to judge. Don’t be one of those people. They are difficult if not impossible to have relationship with.
Be willing to make decisions. Fear keeps people from making decisions, and fear is False Evidence Appearing Real. Most of what we fear never takes place. Don’t have paralysis by analysis. Make a decision, for Pete’s sake. It is ok to analyze things, but some folks seem to revel in analysis and nothing ever gets done because there is always another way to analyze it. Set a deadline for making the decision and stick to it.
Be a servant leader. Put the needs of others ahead of your own needs. People will respect you and your relationships will have an opportunity to be authentic, not just superficial.
Zig Ziglar has some very profound and timeless pieces of advice:
1) “Remember that failure is an event, not a person.”
2) “You will get all you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want.”
3) “People often say motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing—that’s why we recommend it daily.”
4) “There has never been a statue erected to honor a critic.”
5) “People don’t buy for logical reasons. They buy for emotional reasons.”
6) “Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.”
7) “If you go looking for a friend, you’re going to find they’re scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you’ll find them everywhere.”
8) “A goal properly set is halfway reached.”
9) “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”
10) “If you can dream it, you can achieve it.”