The other day someone said to me, You’ve got it all figured out.

While I appreciated the generosity of the thought, I was uncomfortable at the same time. My anti-guru warning light went on.

I most certainly don’t have it all figured out. I don’t have all the answers. No one does. In fact, a life where it’s “all figured out” sounds a bit dull to me.

But here’s what I do know: You benefit from being the leader of your life. If you too frequently look to others to fill that role, you lose in the end with a life half lived. A life less than your potential. A best life squandered.

Being the leader of your life means:

  • Establishing a clear and compelling vision for your future that inspires
  • Believing in the possibility of achieving that vision
  • Strategizing and goal setting in ways that motivate you to take and sustain action
  • Finding the resources you need to realize your vision
  • Getting support in the form of encouragement and accountability
  • Thinking and acting creatively
  • Empowering yourself by leveraging your strengths and opportunities
  • Overcoming obstacles and course correcting
  • Embracing perpetual renewal and reinvention

You have the potential to be inspired and direct your own life, rather than sleepwalk and live by default. How will you be responsible for creating your best life?