We try to work on ourselves all the time. Trying to improve our knowledge. Trying to make our marriages better. And trying to make ourselves better leaders or employees.
We work, work, work on ourselves… Yet, the sad reality is, so few of us know who we truly are.
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We work on the person we believe we are. We fail to work on the person we are.
This trying to improve upon the mythical image we have of ourselves often drives us to depression, frustration, and regret. We work on something that we are not or are not yet and we struggle to make sense of why things aren’t working.
Our methods for improving ourselves aren’t working because we’re not working on the right person. We’re working on something that’s not real or true. Read more...
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. Read more...
Every day Michael MacCauley (Liam Neeson) took the commuter train to and from work. On the day he was let go from his job, he didn’t change his ritual of riding the train. This is where the leadership lessons from The Commuter begin.
That fateful day things changed. Michael was a targeted man. Someone had a plan for him. A sinister plan.
The Commuter was filled with a couple of great plot twists you didn’t see coming. Liam Neeson played his role perfectly as did the other cast members.
But let’s get into the leadership lessons from The Commuter before I get too far off base.
Epic stories that span the length of time. Space operas telling the story of a battle never won. Fantasy lands brought to life in vivid color through the minds of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and other fiction writers.
There’s a magic behind fiction books. One that draws readers into a story deeper than themselves. One that helps readers to remember and understand the story better than any non-fiction book will ever do.
I still remember the stories I read as a child. Peter Cottontail, the various Star Wars novels, the Tortoise and the Hare. These novels and fables told a story that engaged my imagination and helped me live in another world.
They also did something else. According to research, reading fiction books transforms the readers. Not only do they get taken to far away worlds, readers become something new. Read more...
The world of comics brought stories alive like I’d never seen before. Pages splashed with colors and beautiful images. Those images showing movement and energy.
Words and pictures melded together to engage me. Turning every page, I wanted more. I wanted to see what happened next.
But then I stopped reading comics. For years I didn’t pick up a comic book. Then, a couple of months back, I began visiting local comic book stores.
The local comic book store opened my eyes to epic events that happened during my separation from comics. Captain America had died. So did the Incredible Hulk. Wait, Captain America is back? And he’s a bad guy?