Seven Success Principles of Self-Leadership - # 4 Look for Main Events

Merry Christmas! I hope everyone had a blessed Holiday! Today's post is a great principle that everyone can benefit from, especially going into the New Year. 

"Main Events" are leadership moments that arise throughout your day. Do you have a presentation, or an important conversation scheduled that you need to take extra time to prepare for and conduct with excellence? Those are your Main Events. 

Most of the time, many of us busy ourselves with things that should not be our primary focus. What if you saved your non-urgent emails for a late afternoon reply, instead of letting the constant incoming stream of requests or notifications distract you? 

What if you took your first hour, or Green Light Hour, to focus on making progress toward the tasks that are going to bring the greatest reward. Preparation for an important sales call, networking with your next potential client.

You need clear thinking time to prepare for your Main Events. The greatest enemy of good thinking is busyness. 

As your day unfolds, keep your eyes open to "main event" moments. Don't be afraid to re-prioritize and stay nimble. I've found that if I get too locked in to a game plan for my day I might miss a new and emerging opportunity.

You must be ruthless in your judgment of what you should not do. 

Just because you like doing something doesn't mean it should stay on your to-do list. If it's a "main event," do it. If it helps you grow, do it. Otherwise, see if it can wait until later, or if you can delegate it. 

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