10 Choices Leaders Make That Impact Their Success

Leaders become better and experience success when they make powerful, intentional choices.

What two or three choices have you made that pointed you in a powerful direction and resulted in success?

Here are three choices that changed my life for the better:
1. I asked my wife, Julie to marry me. I remember the day she said, “yes” and am thankful for being blessed with three wonderful children and to date, six grandchildren.
2. I moved to Seattle, WA and knew one family. We moved to start a life and call somewhere “home.”
3. I founded my company, Leadership Quest.  In 1995, with just a little more than a dream, I started Leadership Quest with a heart to serve with passion.

These BIG choices impacted my life for decades – and your big choices will impact you for decades to come as well. Don’t forget about the daily choices that stack up and lead to success over time.

Here are 10 choices we can make that impact daily success:
Choose to display an outstanding and positive attitude.
Choose daily priorities that align to your desired outcomes.
Choose healthy habits and resist shortcuts.
Choose to care for family, life is short. Make sure to communicate and care for them.
Choose excellence – make it your signature.
Choose personal drive and adopt, “I’m on a one-day contract.”
Choose soul nourishment by feeding your faith, giving thanks, and praying for wisdom.
Choose solid relationships – do not let go of relationships that matter most.
Choose generosity. Remember, giving begins the receiving cycle.
Choose growth by continuing to learn, try, and grow daily!

I love this quote from Anne Frank’s, “Our lives are fashioned by our choices. First, we make our choices. Then our choices make us.” I’ve learned that the antidote to stress and fear are good choices. Select two to three choices today that will point you in the right direction. Also, please take a moment to share this with a team member, staff, or client to encourage their powerful choices.

Here’s to Great Choices Ahead!


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About the Author

Steve Gutzler is the President of Leadership Quest, a Seattle-based leadership development company. Steve is a dynamic, highly-sought-after speaker who has delivered more than 2,500 presentations to a list of clients including Microsoft, Starbucks, the Seattle Seahawks, Pandora Radio, Boeing, Cisco, Starwood Corporation, the Ritz Carlton group, and the U.S. Social Security Administration. He recently was voted #1 by the readership of Huffington Post as the Most Inspirational Leader on Social Media.

A published author on leadership and emotional intelligence, Steve resides near Seattle with his wife Julie where they enjoy time with their three adult children and six grandchildren.