Pick Your Battles

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You can’t win everything.  In his book, “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There,” author Marshall Goldsmith calls this a habit that is preventing your success.

“Winning too much.”  It’s a symptom that is often displayed by successful people.  Everything has to be won.  No matter how big or small.

But in reality this is a practice that can’t be sustainable.

Nor do you want to.

First of all, it’s exhausting.  If you are so concerned about winning every little battle, you may not have enough in the tank to win the big ones in the future.

Second, you lose sight of the big picture.  As a leader, you need to provide vision and focus to those who look to you for guidance.  Let them win too.  Remember, your success story is a multi-book series, not a one hit wonder.

So take some time this week to figure out what battles you need to win.

Prioritize your list.  Not everything is going to be a priority.  Stick to the top 1 or 2.

Let others take on your battles as well.  Let them win.  Give them credit.

They’ll love you for it.

And they’ll be inspired to win more for you.