“Responsibility is the most important ability that an athlete can possess.”

–Don Matthews, my football coach

Founder of Chick-fil-A Truett Cathy, often says “If it’s to be, it’s up to me”.

Remember leaders:
A victim mindset causes people to focus on what they cannot do instead of what they can do. That is a recipe for continued failure.
Recipe for success:
Create your “Definite Dozen: 12 Things You Should Try Each Week” to ensure success, sustainability, and momentum. Here are 12 things I do each week. They have become fixed-in, practices that create forward motion.
  1. Read daily.
    • I’m currently reading The High Five Habit by Mel Robbins. Follow her on Twitter @melrobbins.
  2. Build an inner circle.
    • Cultivate, nurture, and develop 3-5 close friends who will inspire, push, and support your efforts in life and leadership.
  3. Visualize success.
    • There are two types of visualization: first, mental creations in our mind; second, the physical reality that we build. Leaders take time weekly to visualize success in vivid color.
  4. Forgive and move on.
    • Forgive small ad large offenses. I choose not to poison my soul with unforgiveness. I have been granted grace and choose to forgive others and move on.
  5. Laugh daily.
    • I choose to smile and laugh at life and most importantly, myself. I laugh often for I know it’s medicine for my soul.
  6. Think one size bigger.
    • My good friend CEO Jonathan Shroyer often says if we are going to think, let’s “think BIGGER!”. I have a little sign in my office that reads “no small thinking allowed!”.
  7. Be present.
    • The great gift I give my family, friends, coaching clients, and business partners is my 100% attention. Whoever I’m with be it a grandchild, spouse, friend, colleague– “you are the most important person to me at this moment!”.
  8. Don’t eat past 8pm.
    • This has become a favorite habit I started implementing on my birthday. It may seem small but for me, it’s a daily discipline that has led to weight loss and a reminder to curb, control, and contain my appetite.
  9. Go for a walk.
    • I’ve walked for years but during Covid, it became my go-to form of physical exercise and mental health relief. Daily walks are also a sanctuary for gratitude, prayer, and purposeful thinking time.
  10. Pray for wisdom.
    • WQ stands for Wisdom Quotient. Even though I speak a lot and coach around EQ (Emotional Quotient), the #1 attribute I seek is wisdom. It might seem simple but I do pray daily for wisdom to be a better man, a leader, and a coach led by wisdom.
  11. Be a goal-getter.
    • Goal-setting? Yes. Documenting goals? Yes. But goal-getting makes a world of difference!
  12. GIVE!
    • I grew up in a family that’s generous with time, treasures, and talents. As a result, I became a giver and not just a receiver.

Here’s to your definite dozen!

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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.