The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.
Having made the decision to give up sugary food for Lent, I experienced the power of clarity and it was very liberating.
Normally, I would have had a brief tussle between two internal voices.
One would be like a small demanding child saying, "I want to have that!"
The other would be the controlling parent saying, "I shouldn't have that and I don't really need it"
More often than not, the needy demanding child within would win the battle.
Yesterday, it was SO easy. There was no battle. I even watched a client eat a muffin during our meeting and didn't even feel tempted to get one for myself.
When we've already made a clear decision about something, there is less "noise" in our head, and the appropriate action flows more easily. Our mental, emotional and physical resources can then be deployed more effectively elsewhere.
Having said that, we sometimes need to make further distinctions along the way. For example, I had a muesli bar that had some added sugar and wondered if it should be in or out of my Lent programme. Yesterday, it was in, but I will look for an alternative. However, I certainly enjoyed the clarity that was there for most other things as described in my blog yesterday.
What decisions are you NOT making that cost you time and energy every day?