I hope you’re having an amazing summer! My family has been all over the place these past few weeks, and it’s been a blast. Our watermelon counter is currently at 15. Pretty solid, but we’re not done yet.
Summertime is a great opportunity to grow and get better, so I wanted to share three ways I’m trying to become a better leader. None of these are wildly insightful, but every one is crucial to my day. You’re welcome to try them out for yourself.
- Begin the day on my knees with my face on the ground.
I read an article yesterday that said 66 percent of people begin the workday by checking email. Not me. (It’s actually the second thing I do, and I’m considering changing that after reading the article.) The first thing I do is get on my face and tell God how dependent I am on him. At the start of the day, I like saying, “This one’s on you, God.” I’m not actually sure if it makes me a better leader, but it certainly makes me a better person. My spirit is lighter, I stress less, and it reminds me who’s actually in charge of this day.
- Specifically plan out my day.
I’m a fairly in-the-moment person, so it’s just not natural for me to take a look at what’s coming later in the day. If left to my own instincts, I am at most about 15–30 minutes out in front of what’s coming next. I’ve found that it makes a big difference to start the day by making a list of what’s most important to get done, actually putting it on the calendar, and reviewing every meeting I’m scheduled to have. For each meeting, I try to ask this question: With the time we have, what can I do to help this person most?
- Learn something new.
I didn’t love school, but I love learning. Whether it’s from a TED Talk, an article, a book, or a sermon, I want to learn something new every single day. Albert Einstein said, “When you stop learning, you start dying.” And his IQ was probably at least a point or two higher than mine. But I’m with Albert—when the learning stops, the dying starts. I’m not ready for that yet.