My foyer has turned into an art gallery. Yesterday my daughter brought home a dozen art projects she has completed during the past semester. I wrote about her work in a post a couple weeks ago titled The Art of Leadership.

The War of Art

Last night my wife hosted a small group of ladies for a book study. Several of the women were buzzing about Katherine’s art work. It struck me that the key to impressing the women was not the art, but rather the work.

In his book, The War of Art, author Steven Pressfield wites, “The most important thing about art is to work. Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying.”

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Are you winning the self-leadership war? The war for your development? Your emotions? Your body? Your family? Your finances? Your career?

That list represents your art. Are you showing up every day in the areas that are important to you and trying?

Hope will never get you to where you want to go … hope is not a strategy. Work, on the other hand, leads to progress.

If today finds you spinning your wheels, it is time to show up. Please stop talking and start doing.

Katherine’s art has brought happiness to many people over the past few weeks. I’m so glad she did the work. The same can be true for your leadership.

Show up and work on yourself. It’s the best thing you can do for those you lead.

Randy

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Author: Randy

Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.