“If I could come to your house and spend just one day with you, I would be able to tell whether or not you will be successful. You could pick the day. If I got up with you in the morning and went through the day with you, watching you for 24 hours, I could tell in what direction your life is headed.”
-John C. Maxwell
John C. Maxwell is very good at what he does.
As one of the top leadership experts, speakers, and authors around, he has found himself working with international government leaders, Fortune 500 companies, military academies and even within the NFL.
One of the comments he hears most from people is how they wish they could spend a day with him. Often, he will laugh at this because to him, his days can be quite dull (despite his speaking engagements of course!) and similar. In his eyes, a normal work day is made up of daily routines and disciplines. He emphasizes that success can be found by first looking at one’s daily schedule.
Let’s take a look at what it is like to be John C. Maxwell for a day.
The Night Before
John starts preparing for tomorrow’s successes the night before. He reflects on the day that is coming to a close. Did he learn anything? Did he help anyone? Did he do his best?
The second thing he does the night before is take a look at his next day. What does he need to accomplish? There are so many things on his list of to-dos that he decides what he will put most of his effort into and what he can outsource.
Because of the preparation he did the night before, John has the ability to wake up and get going right away. He always starts his day with the thought,
“How can I add value to people today?”
This allows him to be in the proper mindset to tackle his responsibilities. Getting his mentality right first thing in the morning is key to properly setting up his whole day.
The Remainder of the Work Day
John’s days vary in terms of who he sees and what he may be working on, but he applies the same routines and principles regardless of the changes. This is one reason why his morning routine is so critical to his success. He may be speaking to live audiences, traveling, meeting with team leaders, writing, brainstorming future projects.
Despite the task, John is able to give it 100% of his energy because he remains completely present in what it is he may be doing.
End of the Day
The end of the day starts a new cycle of John’s routines. He starts to plan tomorrow and reflects that day.
Determining your daily routine is critical to a successful life and thriving in the environment you choose to be in.
Take it from one of the most successful and qualified experts in the field of leadership. Apply these principles, or similar ones, to your day-to-day life and see how John's advice changes your life.