Leadership Lessons From My First Official Half Marathon

Two years ago I did something crazy. I partnered with my pastor and a couple of friends to run a half marathon at 3 AM in the morning.

Little did I know what that experience would bring. It was a time of bonding, growth, and helping the less fortunate.

This half marathon was unofficial and untimed.

Half marathon runner high-fiving children

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Last year, I did something I believed I never could. I ran my first official full marathon. The marathon run was challenging, frustrating, and heart-wrenching.

That’s why, this year, when the opportunity presented itself to run for Team World Vision and clean water again, I begrudgingly said yes. I chose to run the Metro Health Grand Rapids Half Marathon because of clean water.

Belaying Leadership

Whenever I think of winters in Michigan, I think of the great times I’ve had ice climbing. From the guys to the weather to the climbing, everything falls into place perfectly.

We leave early in the morning and drive for hours. We arrive at our cabin and unpack. Then we decide whether or not to hit a climb the first day.

Leadership is a lot like belaying an ice climber

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Most days we choose to get in at least a couple of hours of climbing. One person is climbing, another person is belaying the climber.

What Is Belaying?

Belaying is a term often used in ice climbing or rock climbing. When someone is belaying another climber, they’re the one holding another person’s life in their hands.

The climber has a rope attached to their harness. This is usually done through a figure 8 knot. The person belaying the climber has a belay device attached to their harness and the climbing rope runs through the belay device.

The Long-Term Effects Of Paying Attention To Your Health

Becoming A Healthy Leader

After a months worth of content, you have a great idea of what it takes to BECOME a healthy leader. You need to make sure you’re exercising regularly, taking care of your mind, and tending to your soul.

These three areas are vital to the health of you and your ability to lead. But what are the long-term effects of paying attention to your health? There are plenty. And you need to know them to motivate you to maintain your healthy lifestyle.

Take care of your health so you can lead better long-term

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Let’s take a look at the long-term effects of paying attention to your health today. It matters more than you can believe and impacts your leadership greater than you thought.

The Long-Term Effects Of Paying Attention To Your Health

When you think of the effects of your health, you probably think of the immediate payoffs. You think about the 10 pounds you shred doing the P90X workout or how you can run a 5K when walking to the street corner winded you.

3 Simple Activities To Improve Your Health

Becoming A Healthy Leader

Becoming healthier in your leadership and life doesn’t have to be difficult. Though we often make health more difficult than it should be.

There are simple activities you can do every day to improve your health. You just have to be mindful of them.

Man walking trails and getting healthy

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We’re going to look at 3 simple activities you can do every day. The three activities will touch on three areas you probably need to be healthier. These areas are your physical, mental, and spiritual health.

With a few simple activities, you can become healthier. Let’s take a look at what you can do to become a healthier leader.

3 Simple Activities To Improve Your Health

1. Take a walk during lunch (or create walking meetings):

Walking is probably the simplest and easiest physical exercise you can do. And walking doesn’t have to impede much on your busy schedule. You can get walks in during regular business hours by planning them strategically.

How To Recover From Unhealthy Habits

Becoming A Healthy Leader

Your road to health and wellness isn’t one without its bumps. Afterall, you have a lifetime of unhealthy habits to recover from.

Whether you’re like me and you love to overeat and binge on junk food while watching Netflix or you just fail to exercise, your unhealthy habits will hinder you. You need to be aware of what your unhealthy habits are and how you can recover from them.

You can become healthy and recover from unhealthy habits

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By indulging in unhealthy habits, you put yourself in a position to have an unhealthy life. Your energy is zapped. You feel like lounging around the house rather than be active. And you begin to hate the way your body looks and feels.

The good news is you can change this. You can get rid of the unhealthy habits that are destroying your life and zapping the energy you need to lead well. Let’s take a look at some unhealthy habits you need to get rid of and how to recover from those unhealthy habits.