People seeking to become leaders are focused on taking control of their life. They want to eliminate distractions and associations that don’t add or contribute to their life’s goal. 

These go-getters are enthusiastic. They are motivated. They are driven. 

But being driven is insufficient if they are headed the wrong way.

That is why the king who wrote the Proverbs told his son to be cautious in this regard. “Hear, my son, and be wise, and direct your heart in the way.” (Proverbs 23:19)

The upside down business idea is helpful in redirecting your aim: Taking control of your life is more than having a purpose. It’s having the right purpose. 

How do you stay focused on the right purpose? 

The king gives three pieces of great advice immediately after telling his son to “direct” his heart.

1. Prioritize discipline in your life. Actively fight a lack discipline and avoid spending too much time with associates that are undisciplined in areas of addiction, time management and laziness. (Proverbs 23:20)

2. Listen to wise counsel and your God-given authorities. You are never beyond the need for insightful counsel, challenging criticism and simple obedience. (Proverbs 23:21)

3. Pursue wisdom and truth.  Both of these will help you achieve your purpose more than any skill, promotion or status you could obtain.

The most impactful leaders are the formed by constant learning and refining. Even for the most gifted individuals, intentional and sustained effort is required to achieve authentic leadership. 

An aspiring leader knows his purpose.  But a leader who lasts will pursue his purpose with discipline, humility and wisdom.

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