Have you ever heard a world-class athlete say, “You know what? I’m at the top. I’m a champion. I don’t need to improve anymore.” Of course not. No star athlete thinks that way.
So why is it that, in leadership, we get used to how we have always done things, and we do not engage with constant improvement? The world is not static—it’s dynamic. If you go into cruise control, what’s going to happen is that people will pass you by. This causes issues: now, you’re going to try to control them—keep them down. You’re going to try to lead them out of your own insecurity.
Here’s a sentence to say to yourself on a daily basis: “What is it about me that will keep me from becoming the best me that God intended for me to be?”
The only person standing between you and your next level is you. It doesn’t matter how good you are. You have to improve constantly. How? Start by not believing what they say. The moment you start believing their praises and admiration—thinking you’re all that and a bag of chips—you’ll stop improving.
Make a commitment to continually improve. Write out two or three things you can do to improve this week! It might be reading, listening, going to conferences, writing, or simply stretching beyond your comfort zone. If you don’t improve constantly, you’ll hold your organization down. Simply put, you can grow—should grow—must grow.
Sam Chand has served as senior pastor, college president, chancellor and president emeritus. A consultant and mentor to leaders of leaders, Sam Chand’s singular vision for his life is to help others succeed. Sam Chand develops leaders through consultations, books and speaking engagements. Leaders are using Sam Chand's books as handbooks worldwide in leadership development.
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