In working one-on-one with personal leaders, I’ve observed a common theme in the last few years: DEPRESSION.

I’m not a psychologist but I do know that depression can take place from several angles. Here are some of the symptoms I’ve heard leaders share in the last few years:

You can manage depression or even keep it away if you believe in these 4 things consistently.

  1. Take out one sheet of paper. Map out 5 goals in life for the next 2 years: 3 must-have professional goals and 2 must-have personal goals.
  2. When you keep your mind focused and occupied on efforts to achieve these goals, you really won’t have much time or energy to be depressed.
  3. At the end of every day, write down 2-3 micro-accomplishments that get you closer to reaching your goals.

Finally, consider coaching and mentoring– they can be a significant way to elevate your life.

Here’s to overcoming depression and living your best life!

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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.