In 2017 it was my pleasure to interview the legendary Brian Tracy on Self-leadership - a topic I have been speaking and writing about since 1999.
In case you don't know - Brian Tracy is a motivational speaker and self-development author of over 70 books. His popular titles include; 'Earn What You’re Really Worth', 'Eat That Frog!' and 'The Psychology of Achievement'.
You can watch the video of my interview with Brian above, and here is the transcript of his definition.
"Self-leadership is the starting point of everything. Self-leadership means that you decide exactly who you are and what you want, and then you write it down and you make a plan and a goal, and you work on it every day. And especially Self-leadership means you accept complete responsibility for your results and outcomes; you don't blame other people, you don't make excuses, and you say, 'I am responsible", I'm in control, I'm in charge of my own life.'
And when you do that, it's the greatest source of personal empowerment that is possible as a human being. And every successful authority, over the decades, has realized, that that is the starting point of everything. Without Self-leadership, nothing happens, and with Self-leadership, everything becomes possible."
This is an amazingly succinct and powerful explanation of Self-leadership. In our 2012 book on the topic, Dr. Ana Kazan and I described Self Leadership as;
"The practice of intentionally influencing your thinking, feeling, and actions towards your objectives".
Self-leadership is like our muscles, everyone has them, but not everyone builds them on a daily basis. Some train with intention and get strong, while others make excuses and get lazy.
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