I teach. I consult. I coach. In other words, I educate and provide advice. I like to think of myself as a role model. But to truly be one, I've had to get my act together--and keep it together.
That means using my time to achieve what I deem most important in my life. It means following through on my commitments. It means meeting deadlines. It means arriving early and staying late, if warranted. It means tending enthusiastically to details while at the same time directing my gaze towards the bigger picture.
I must take care of myself emotionally, spiritually, intellectually, and physically. Otherwise, I don't stand a chance of keeping my act together.
I know that I haven't always had my act together. And some days I may struggle to do so. Regardless, I'm doing my best. Tomorrow is a new day. It will offer different challenges and opportunities. These may threaten my equilibrium and overall sense of purpose.
That's how I know I have to work every day to keep my act together. It's an ongoing, lifetime process.