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If we are honest with ourselves, we’ll admit that the toughest person to lead is ourselves.

~John C. Maxwell

1. Learn to follow before you try to lead.

Only a leader who has followed well knows how to lead others well. Good leadership requires an understanding of the world that followers live in. In contrast, leaders who have never followed well or submitted to authority tend to be prideful, unrealistic, rigid, and autocratic.

2. Develop self-discipline.

Each of us is the “king ” or “queen” of our own lives, meaning that we are ultimately responsible for our actions and decisions. To make good decisions consistently and refrainin from wrong ones, requires character and self-discipline.

3. Practice patience.

Most leaders I know struggle with impatience, including me! However, being able to look ahead doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the right time to move ahead. Few worthwhile things in life come quickly. Remember that your growth is happening in a slow-cooker, not a microwave.

4. Seek accountability.

This is an important step because this is where our enemy (ourselves) really trips us up. Good leaders know they can’t trust themselves, they know their own fallibility, and they put measures in place to keep from stepping into danger. First, don’t rely on just yourself. Second, be accountable to someone worthy and reliable. Then, be willing to explain your actions and get advice from those holding you accountable, and I trust you’ll stay on track.

Have you ever set off to achieve a new goal only to find yourself off track a few weeks later?

When I made a decision to take full responsibility for my health, there were 3 key factors that contributed to my total body transformation of losing 70 pounds. I’ve attempted to take control in the past and did have some success in losing weight, but it always seemed to find its way back. I was stuck on the roller coaster weight-loss ride that so many of us get stuck on, until I discovered the missing pieces. These 3 keys can be applied in any context to help you achieve your next level.

1. Find a mentor

You’ll need to find a mentor or coach that has already achieved what you want to achieve. This can either be an industry leader you hire or even a friend that just has more experience than you. They’ll help you map out a gameplan that will show you the path to success. They will be a resource for you to utilize whenever you have a question or ever get stuck during your journey.

2. Find accountability partners

Accountability partners are a critical piece to keeping you on track. These are people that are riding the same struggle bus with you and are striving to achieve similar goals. Not only do they keep you on track, but you’re there to encourage and support them as well.

3. Want it bad enough

This is the biggest key that will determine your success. You can have all the mentors in the world and the greatest accountability partners, but that will mean nothing if you don’t have the ambition and drive to achieve your goal. When you want it bad enough, that’s when all of the other pieces fall into place like consistency, habit development, persistence and motivation to push past any self-limiting beliefs.

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With these 3 keys in place, you’ve set yourself up for massive success. Now it’s time for you to execute!