It's the start of the school year and everyone is excited (not necessarily about homework).
As a student leader, it's time to get going. Time to make things happen. Time to move from the season of anticipation to the season of implementation.
To help you determine how ready you are, I want to share 10 questions that need your attention and an answer RIGHT NOW.
1. Do you know what you're supposed to be doing?
Hopefully you already have your plan in place. You know your job description. You've got a vision for what you want to accomplish. You are moving forward.
2. Who's on your team?
What?!? You don't have a team yet? Well...get out there and get some people together to be on your team. Invest in them. Give them meaningful and significant tasks. Help them grow and develop under your leadership.
3. What are your goals?
If you aren't aiming for something, then you'll probably hit nothing. Write your goals down for the year. Put them on a post-it note and stick it to your bathroom mirror or computer monitor. Tell everyone about your goals.
4. What are your priorities?
You have to decide what is most important. If you only react to the urgent things in your life, you'll never have enough time to do what really matters. Set your priorities and incorporate them into your calendar.
5. How will you keep growing?
Hopefully you won't be the same person at the end of the year that you are now. You will have grown, learned some things, developed and matured in your perspectives. That doesn't just happen automatically. You need to plan for your growth. What will you read? Who will you talk to? What will you listen to?
6. What's your organization strategy?
You need ONE calendar and you need to put everything on it. Then you need to look at it on a regular (if not DAILY) basis. You need a place for your ideas, your notes, and your stuff. When things get crazy and hectic and stressful, you need a system that you can rely on.
7. Where do you anticipate your first hurdle will be?
A student leadership year never goes smoothly. If it did, then we wouldn't need student leaders. There will always be something that needs to be fixed, changed, cleaned up, solved, resolved, explained, redone, done right, or done away with. If you can see it coming, you'll be better prepared for it.
8. Who can you talk to?
You must have someone that you can share your heart, your hurts, and your hopes with. You need someone to be an objective sounding board for your ideas and your predicaments.
9. What kind of attitude will you have?
You get to choose your attitude. Every time. Decide today to have a positive attitude no matter what your circumstances bring your way. Your attitude is contagious. Positive gives birth to positive. Negative attitudes spread like wildfires.
10. Who will you add value to today?
Everyday is chance to come alongside others and equip them, encourage them, and help them succeed. If you help others be their best, then you will discover that you have more opportunities to be your best. The best student leaders make the people around them better.
Take a moment (or moments) to answer these questions with REAL answers. Don't just think about these questions...act on them and implement your answers. At the start of a new year, these questions will guide you in establishing your leadership.
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