As we finish this series of posts, I want to share the third tip that I believe will help you lead your own life efficiently:
3. Control your phone. There is no such thing as a smart phone. They don’t have personality traits or IQ’s. They are our servants that should be around for our beckoning. However, many times they control us. I can’t tell you how many times I have been talking to a person about a life changing issue (keep in mind he asked me for some of my time) when his phone rang (or played a sample of some country music song). Then, he lifted up his index finger to interrupt our conversation and said “I’ve got to get this”. Next would follow a couple of sentences about things that could have been taken care of after our conversation.
My sister told me something I’ve held on to for years: “Just because my phone rings doesn’t mean I have to answer it”. Great advice. Don’t get me wrong, we should be prompt to return calls and be available to people who need us. We just need to make sure that we control our phone schedule and our phone does not control us.
There are so many other tools for leading others by first leading ourselves. For more resources, you could google “time management” which would give you a sea of things to read….which would probably take up more of your time. I suggest picking up the book “Today Matters” by Maxwell.
In summary, most people are influenced by other people. We possess the ability to influence others for the cause of Christ or any other worthwhile cause. However, leading others begins with leading ourselves.
So, are you leading?