John Maxwell is a leadership expert, coach and author who has sold more than 20 million books. He speaks to Fortune 100 companies, government leaders and organizations such as the United Nations and NFL. I was recently reading an article where he spoke about the 7 most important things he learned after suffering from a heart attack and nearly dying.
1. Be grateful for life. Our vision for our businesses or the demands put on us by leadership can cause us to forget how extraordinary life is. Practice being grateful and make it a habit.
2. Focus on what you have, not what you have lost. Focus on the good not the bad, focus on what you have, not what you don’t have. We as humans tend to spend an extraordinary amount of time wishing for something to happen in the future or remembering something that happened in our past…..in the mean time our present passes us by unnoticed and unappreciated.
3. Be a good steward of your body. Remember you only have one body and no amount of money can buy you a new one! Health is something that we tend to take for granted until it is not there anymore. Maxwell suggests getting all the help you need to hold yourself accountable to staying healthy – educate yourself, talk to your doctor, hire a traine, do what needs to be done but be proactive!
4. Place your family first. Near the end of life, many people regret what they neglected to do with their families. As the saying goes, nobody wishes he had spent more time at work when lying on his deathbed!
5. Develop a Team around you. Most leaders want to be in the middle of the action. They like the feeling of being needed and unfortunately do not delegate well. Unfortunately this creates a lazy culture, not conducive to growing leaders and will ultimately grind you down. According to Maxwell, one of the healthiest things you can do for your well-being is to make yourself dispensible.
6. Determine your personal faith. Maxwell believes that once you are clear on your personal beliefs, they will guide your decisions and give you inner peace.
7. Make the most of difficult situations. A painful or difficult experience can either make you more fearful or angry or it can promt you to change for the better. No matter how bad the situation, always remember to ask yourself what you can learn and how you can grow from the experience. Now go out and make it a great day!!!