Prep Time

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[vimeo id="151572775"] Every effective leader has some form of a plan. It could be a five-year plan, a ten-year vision, or a three-year strategy. This goes both for your own personal life as well as your organization. As a leader, you create, review, and revise your plan on a regular basis. During this process, you’ll often see that you’re beginning to enter a new stage in your life. It could be that you’re starting a family, relocating to another place, changing professions, or even moving up the ranks in your business.

Whatever the reason is, it’s crucial that a leader prepares for this transition. It’s like the six “P” principle: Proper Preparation Prevents Pathetically Poor Performance. So as you look towards that next stage of life, here are a few suggestions on how you can prepare ahead of time.

First of all, consider continuing your education. This doesn’t necessarily mean getting another degree. It could be as simple as taking a couple of night classes in an area that would help you down the road. It could mean shadowing another professional or getting an additional certification. Or maybe you do want to get an additional degree or pursue a masters or doctorate. The bottom line is that further education can help you acquire additional knowledge, train your mind to think critically, and even open up doors for better job opportunities.

Secondly, look at expanding your area of experience. This is especially important if you’re planning on changing professions. But even if you aren’t, a greater variety of experience increase’s your potential in an organization. There is no substitute for hands-on experience. You gain a level of wisdom and knowledge – even when you fail – that is invaluable. It also connects with you a greater network of people who can invest into your dreams.

Finally, cultivate your personal disciplines. Poor personal disciplines can hamper our ability to thrive as leaders. Develop strong financial stewardship not only to fuel your own dreams, but so you can also come alongside and empower others in their God-given destiny. We should also foster a healthy lifestyle. We need to keep our bodies and our minds sharp. There will always be seasons where you will have to put in a lot of hours. And it’s important that you have a lifestyle that will help you thrive even in the midst of the stress.

These are just a few suggestions. So take time and think how you can best prepare for the next stage of life!

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