4 Reasons Leaders Need To Slow Down

Do you feel like you never have enough time? By the time you solve one business problem, another issue raises its ugly head. You never have enough time to slow down.

You may feel like you have to run around like the Flash from the Justice League. Rushing from one emergency to the other. Always taking on more and having less time to slow down.

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Slowing down may make you feel like a sloth. Just trudging along and never getting anywhere. You may believe slowing down will hinder your ability to lead. But that’s what I want to encourage you to do today. I want you to take a moment, take a deep breath, and slow down.

Why Every Leader Needs A Hobby

With so much of our day spent dealing with the problems that arise from leading others, it is easy to think you don’t have time for a hobby. It’s a fallacy many leaders fall into. Failing to have a hobby is also one of the reasons many leaders stumble and face burnout.

I was reminded of this as I listened to Adam Grant’s new book Power Moves. In it, one of the Davos attendees he talks to David Solomon, the CEO of Goldman Sachs.

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Photo by Alan BishopDavid Solomon isn’t the straight-laced CEO you might think of when you think of Goldman Sachs. Outside of work, David spends his free time on his hobby: DJing at clubs and events. He goes by the name of DJ D-Sol and rocks clubs all around the world.

He found an outlet for the stress of his job. Using his hobby of DJing, he is able to relax and decompress to avoid burnout.

How To Transform Your Life

Everyone wants to live a life worth living. So few people actually feel like they accomplished this goal.

They, instead, live a life of mediocrity. They punch the time clock and go about their daily activities. By the end of the day, they no longer have the energy to make something out of their lives.

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Have you been there? Do you ever feel this way?

I have… Even recently.

We all have these feelings of inferiority or our lives don’t matter. These are mental battles we have to fight on a daily basis. The battles telling us we don’t matter and we’re wasting our lives.

Fight The Battle

You’ve got to pick up your weapons if you want to win the battle of your mind. If you truly want to transform your life.

Don’t Forget To Take Care Of Yourself

The day started off like a normal day or so it seemed. I awoke to my alarm going off. From there, I got dressed, grabbed a quick bite to eat, and spent a relaxing day with Lok. I also tossed in a quick workout on the elliptical. However, partway through the day, I started to feel groggy.

My reading comprehension seemed to wane. My eyes began to blur. And I developed a headache.

Taking care of yourself is important

That’s when I remembered something… I forgot to take care of myself during the day. Other than a Take 5 candy bar (which are oh so delicious), I hadn’t had breakfast or lunch. By the time dinner rolled around, I was hurting.

This all hit me when Pam and I sat down for a dinner at Logan’s Roadhouse. By the time we finished eating, I felt 95% better.  Feeding myself was exactly what I needed… And exactly what I had neglected to do.

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.

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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.