Boss Yourself

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“In every organization, someone must be the boss. If it’s even just one person, you’ve got to be the boss of yourself.” – Malcolm X

I talked about this principle in Weekly Motivation #44. Make sure you’re keeping yourself in check when you need to, so it will be much easier if you are ever in a position in which another person has authority over your actions. That person won’t have to worry about you doing what you’re supposed to.

Dunkin’ Donuts? Starbucks Coffee? Every morning at 5AM, those lights are coming on. You know it. You don’t even think about if they’ll be on. It’s a guarantee. And there is no government agency that regulates what time a coffee shop opens. If Starbucks opens a half-hour late, most of their customers will still show up and spend money. But the discipline of big companies like that would never allow it. And if it did happen, head would be a-rollin’, immediately.

This does not mean you have to do the same thing at the same time daily. You’re not a robot. It does mean that you have to be the boss of yourself. Do you hold yourself accountable to do things you tell yourself you’ll do? Do you need another person to make sure you hold to your commitments? If you were responsible for 5 other people doing their jobs, could they follow your example?

Ask yourself those questions and take appropriate action. The boss is watching.