“News and social media constantly bombard us with the message of self-improvement. From fitness gurus to inspirational quotes on Instagram & LinkedIn, it seems like pretty much everyone has the keys to the successful life we deserve. Right at their fingertips.
And it’s an easy trap to fall into. Everyone is tempted by promises of a better body. Or a better paying job. Or better yet, a happier life. But so often, these messages lack a key element. They don’t serve a particular vision. They’re limited by everyone’s ideas of what success should look like. Which is often watered down into a beautiful visual of some sort.
Pruning means cutting away the superfluous and unnecessary from our lives. The pieces that don’t add value, or worse, lessen the value of our current place in life, both personally or professionally. It’s an essential skill any leader must have to grow and thrive. We often think the reason we’re not improving, the reason our teams are underperforming, the reason we’re not as successful as we’d hope, is down to something we lack. We think that something must be missing. But this isn’t always the case, many times it’s not something we lack, rather it’s that we have too much on our plate.
A successful leader tends to their business and their life very carefully. They take a close look at their relationships and strategies, identifying what parts of each drain energy and resources. They look at what’s going well but not quite well enough, also, what is taking time but not producing value.
They analyze the path, not simply judge themselves against the final result.
All of this attention and work, all of this meticulous trimming and pruning, is vital. It isn’t driven by ego or the desire to cut corners. It’s a patient and recurring exercise in service of a leader’s particular vision. It’s in service of healthy growth.”
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The article above is by Dr. Henry Cloud
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