"Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out." (Stephen R. Covey) We get very anxious when we think about the future and we are depressed when we are still in our past. Recession for instance is something we cannot control. However, we can use this time to build our personal leadership skills.

What is personal leadership?

For some, it may be being in control of your life and for others it's leading people around them. Most of the times we manage ourselves and are trapped in the “being busy” mindset. Observe the activities during the day and you will know if you are managing or leading.

Why choose personal leadership?

There are internal and external forces in our lives, and I would like to stay focused on the internal forces. Otherwise, I will be blaming the economy, government and the like for everything that isn’t working out for me. Remember the song, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going...”

How can you start working on personal leadership?

Begin by setting a career goal for 2015 and do take 1-2 actions in a day to get you closer to realizing it. I have seen this work in the past, and it still does. We all detest change, don’t we? But, this change is going to make your life better.

When do I start?

Right now! This is the best time to build your self esteem and your worth. See your confidence soaring and write to me. We could take it to the next level. And then there is no stopping...

Where do I start on personal leadership?

Ask yourself what kind of job is ideal. Forget all that is happening around you. My suggestion would be to watch less news, as they don’t seem to be helping anyone stay positive. Photo Credit: Shutterstock
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