Whether a person’s leadership is being developed or expressed in an organization, at home, in her or his community, or—as some colleagues and I are experiencing—in a doctoral program, embracing a holistic practice of “being” yields significant benefits. Attending to our health undergirds our interactions with others. Weaving in dimensions of body, mind and spirit allows the fabric of our lives to be strengthened and assures a measure of balance amidst the competing demands of daily life. Here are three ideas to inspire your own practice:
1. Get moving. Yes, I explicitly mean the “e” word: exercise. Literally, get up from the chair and walk somewhere—even if it’s just a block away. Do it daily, or even better, more than once a day. Better still, join a gym. I joined the local YMCA and go to an early morning class Monday through Saturday. I know it’s hard to start, and—for some—even more difficult to maintain. And if, for any legitimate reason, you have a day or two of break (as in you are in bed with the flu), get right back to creating a forever habit of exercise ASAP. You NEED this. Your Brain and Heart need this. Every cell in your body needs this.
Still require a bit more motivation? Here’s a great link for the top ten reasons to exercise (other than losing weight): Life Hacker Top Ten …
2. Engage your brain. Yes, I’m adding “brain training” to your body routine, especially if you have cognitively challenging work. You need the mental off-set to inspire different ways of thinking and to build the subtle skills that support the “day job” you expect of your grey matter. And, literally, the activities take only a couple minutes daily.
BEFORE you roll your eyes—I saw that!—go check out Lumosity.com. You can sign up for FREE. Ignore the emails inviting you to join the paid version
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