What do you think of when you hear the term, “personal deployment”? Some of us may think of military assignments, mission execution, etc. While those are certainly relevant, they aren’t the definitions I’m focusing on today.
Personal deployment is becoming activated or engaged in the purpose for which we were created. It’s one thing to prepare and to go through other processes. All of those are paramount for progress, but at some point, you have to suit up. You have to get in the game.
I grew up listening to the greats in the area of personal development and motivation: Zig Ziglar, Brian Tracy, Paul J. Meyer, Les Brown, Earl Nightingale. These guys spoke to my heart because the principles they teach and encourage others to live by are timeless, universal, and work (if someone works them).
Have you ever asked yourself, “Who am I? Why am I here?” That is the multimillion-dollar question, and it’s a question most people never answer. Unfortunately, so many go about life never diving deep to discover who they are, what their purpose is, what their lane is. It’s such an important part of this strategic living process.
Every person is born with a unique design, a unique assignment, and unique destiny. Every person inherently possesses a particular thing they are to contribute to this life and they have the capacity to do it. I don’t believe there’s a person born into any circumstance who is absent of capacity to be great, to do great things, or make significant contributions.
Personal healing is the most often overlooked and most misunderstood element concerning personal success and prosperity. Most people don’t think much about this idea of personal healing or the need for it.
There’s an ancient text saying something to the effect of we will prosper and succeed, we will be well, proportionate to the condition of our heart. Therefore, the condition of our inner self, even the unconscious places, determines the outcomes of our life. Whether we’re going to be prosperous and do well in life, or whether we’re going to struggle and constantly be running into brick walls; all of those things are tied back to the condition of our inner self.
Whether you’re in business, education, or talking about family or relationships, personal healing is critical to your success.
I want to pull back the curtain on the concept of strategic living, specifically, the four cornerstones for strategic living. I find most people live their lives on autopilot. They don’t really take the time or put forth the energy to process through the various elements of being successful. Most people don’t live strategically or intentionally. What seems most common is people simply getting up every day and doing the same thing they’ve always done. They grow up in a home where they’re told, “Finish your high school education. Go to college. Get a good job. Work for 30-40 years. Get fully vested in your pension, retire, and then die.” That’s really exciting, isn’t it? That sounds like a wonderful plan! Except it’s no plan at all. It’s merely a prescription for mundane.
It’s no secret I love reading and attribute so much of my own personal growth and development to what I’ve learned between the covers of various books over the years.
Two of my previous podcasts came to mind right away when thinking about reading. The first was “10 Reasons Why Everyone Should Be A Reader“, where I took careful care to line out 10 (of many!) benefits of reading. From influencing relationships, leadership, and quite possibly even the length of your life, reading carries tremendous value.
Believe it or not, there are several distinct traits separating genuine leaders from the rest of the leadership crowd. What does a real leader do? What does a unique, above average leader do to challenge the status quo?
Without any complicated effort, I can share 10 traits genuine, authentic leaders have, setting them above and apart from other leaders who have primarily been conditioned to think there is only one way to get things done.