Best-Self Leadership Strategy improved

Dyson Life Leadership Model 1987 Gold

7 Best Practices to Lead Your Life

Our plans for life should include a best-self strategy, which summarizes our answer to the question, how do I do my best? Two sources you can read and use are my (Dr. David Dyson’s) 7 Best Practices to PLAN and LEAD your LIFE and Dr. Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” Both fit on one page each, and the summaries have been distilled from decades of research and teaching. Between the two, you can use parts as is or adapt for your own summary strategy. I developed this summary strategy in 1987 and have edited periodically, including this week.

These 7 actions provide a core best-self strategy for preparing and persisting:

  1. LEAD Your LIFE. Choose to identify and fulfill your callings, gifts, and talents as your best-self—increasingly responsible, prepared, strong, resilient, and focused on areas of purpose and value.
  2. PLAN For LIFE. Pray. Listen. Act. Now. (P.L.A.N.) to answer life’s important questions: callings, gifts, and talents; mission and vision; values and beliefs; and best-self strategy. Discern and write choices for the life you feel called to lead in your constitution, legacy, and lifestyle vision.
  3. Create Your IMPACT. Identify IMPortant ACTions to fulfill your priority roles and goals in the 7 Areas of Life, considering how to develop callings, gifts, and talents. Write resolutions to contribute or change to fulfill callings and/or Master Goliaths—to “be, know, and do” with accountability to self and others.
  4. Balance Your Life. Choose time priorities for your 168 hours per week to fulfill roles for the 7 Areas of Life. Plan to invest quantity T.I.M.E. (time, inspiration, money, and energy) to create quality results with balance.
  5. Live Your Priorities. Make your calendar and checkbook reflect your priorities. Target blocks of time for whom and what matters most, maximizing your prime times, to create habits and instincts to guide you, even under stress.
  6. Act And Adapt. Take action, assess desired and actual Plans, Actions, and Results (PAR) and adapt thinking and/or behavior in the flow of action, persisting positively, choosing to make the best of circumstances.
  7. Renew And Improve. Periodically assess plans, actions, and results. Identify changes needed to character and competence. Assess quantity of time and quality of effort invested. If working your plan and not getting desired results, adapt time priorities and/or develop competencies. Spend a foundation of 5-20% of time planning and developing mind, body, and spirit, plus service capacity and stewardship of callings, gifts, and talents so we can succeed with significance as good stewards of our capacities. Invest in assessing and transforming attitude and ability needed to fulfill callings with commitment and courage.

This content comes from Dr. Dyson’s seminars for Life Leaders, lectures for colleges and schools, and a book in progress.

We have Freedom to Choose

We have freedom to choose our response to what happens.

That’s a lesson from Dr. Stephen Covey on a video I shared with Life Leaders at the monthly seminar and meeting.

We can choose character development more than personality. We should include character development in our goals to be better instead of just appear better.

We can choose success with higher courage and commitment. Our results come from choices and actions. We can be better than what we have learned, what we have seen, and what our culture has endorsed.

Action: we can envision our best-selves, write our mission and vision, and take action on one or more priorities to inspire and guide us. We can change the way we have responded in the past. We are responsible for our results as a product of our choices. Even when outside forces act on us, we must own the plans, actions, and results. When we do, we can improve circumstances as well as our own character, including courage and confidence. We have freedom to flourish as our best-selves. What will we do about it?

If you want more, I invite you to pick one or more of these options: subscribe to this journal; see the resources at (Freedom to Flourish, Freedom City, videos, downloads…more coming), read Professionalism Under Stress; attend a Life Leaders seminar. And, invest the next 10-15 minutes (1% of your day) to write one more important goals and what you can do plus do at least one thing to start your momentum.  –David