2021 is nearly complete, and, in a way, I’m glad.
Despite many successes, this year has been difficult for me. As a small business owner, the supply chain issues challenged my company in a way I never anticipated.
I expected some hiccups as people returned to work from extended COVID shutdowns. Still, I never expected the delays would last as long as they did, and the costs would escalate as much.
This year tested me as a business leader, and, from what I can tell, the difficulties will continue into next year as well.
But, that’s alright. I can handle it.
How do I know?
I’m ready for the tough times.
One of the most important things I do as a leader is lead myself first. I know I have to take care of myself if I’m going to be there for my employees and my company. I have to be prepared for the hard times that will always come.One of the most important things leaders do is lead themselves first. Click To Tweet
So, how do I do that?
For me, it’s about faith, family, and fitness. I know I need to be spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally strong to be a great leader.
Let’s start with faith. Many of you know I’m a Christian, and this year, my wife and I joined a new church. In our church, we have a community of people that love us, support us, and are there for us when things get tough.
I also start each morning in bible study and prayer. These quiet morning sessions allow me to relax my mind and contemplate the day ahead. Having faith in a God that answers prayers gives me hope and quiets my anxieties.
I’m not a perfect Christian, but I’m getting better every day.
The other thing that I rely on is family. My wife and I celebrated our 30th anniversary this year. She has been with me through the best and most challenging times. I don’t take my relationship with her, my two adult sons, and my parents for granted.
I’m a present leader at home, just like at work. I make sure to be attentive to the individual needs of each of my family members, and, in return, they are there for me as well. When things aren’t going my way at work, I know I can come home to a caring, loving, and supportive environment at home.
I’m not a perfect husband, father, and son, but I’m getting better every day.
I also rely on fitness. If you follow me on social media, you know that I work out in my home gym every morning. I have been doing this for nearly ten years. These morning sessions help me work out my frustrations, move my body, and learn valuable lessons that come through slow, steady progress towards a goal.
Getting those minor victories in the gym during my morning sessions help set the tone for the rest of the day. If I can do difficult things in the gym, I can do difficult things in business and life.If you can do difficult things in the gym, you can do difficult things in business and life. Click To Tweet
I’m not a perfect athlete, but I’m getting better every day.
As I look back on another year and look forward to a new one, I can’t say whether or not 2022 will be any easier. I know that I will be ready no matter what comes my way.
I encourage each of you to be prepared and lead yourself first.
The question is – what will you do to become spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally stronger in the coming year?
Being strong is not optional – your role as a leader requires it.
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