Here's Week 6 and its theme:
Feed Your Mind & Body
This gets kinda personal now. Obviously, given our national rates of obesity, morbid obesity, diabetes, childhood diabetes…we as a nation remain ‘indifferent’ to what we eat and its impact on what we can do.
I’m neither a dietician nor a nutritionist. I’m not going to recommend foods and diets, organic or poison I mean Frankenfood I mean…MMO, Monsanto Modified Organisms…I digress.
On the other hand, food is fuel. What we eat determines what we can do…today and tomorrow.
Eat well. > Be well. > Do well.
Don’t eat well? > Then you can’t be well. > Then you can't do well.
Success is like running a marathon. Some miles we fly. Some miles we trudge. Some miles are endorphin-full; some are endorphin empty. We have to fuel our bodies to ...Keep.Moving.Forward.
Feed Your Mind.
Feed it with content that’s inspiring, helping, uplifting, motivating, teaching, connecting…you with your goal and those who share it, can help you reach it, can help you help them reach theirs.
Everybody can find 15 - 30 minutes to feed that diet to your mind. There are tools and technologies and plans that make that daily habit very doable. In fact, maybe I'll write a separate post on the tools I use and how I use them to do just this, every day.
Free Your Mind
Meditation, prayer, quiet reflection, long walks in silence (don’t even listen to my radio show…). These are ever more critical as our world gets every-more noisy and distracting.
A culture of learning is critical to the success of an organization. Gary Harpst shared that insight with me in a conversation we had on my radio show. You can listen here. That culture of learning is also a culture of leaders. They learn the new skills, the technologies, the new business models, the new opportunities...first.
And we'll need to prepare ourselves to unlearn, too. The pace of change, disruption, global competition, new skills required for new jobs, and the opportunities they present will require us to unlearn as fast as we learn.
“The illiterates of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn”- Alvin Toffler
A free mind is a mind ready to learn. A free mind is a mind ready to lead.
Say Your Affirmations.
Say them outloud. Say them daily.
I confess I wasn’t a big fan of affirmations until recently. Affirmations seemed an excuse to neither plan nor do. Just affirm it and snap, crackle, pop (or click your heels twice) and there’s your reality. And those realities never popped…into being.
But I read The Answer. And I had the chance to interview its co-author Murray Smith. You can listen here. And then I undersood affirmations are one step I, we, need to take regularly. But if it is the only step we take, eventually we fall down and get nowhere. The other steps are planning and action.
Erika Andersen offered a different perspective in her book Being Strategic. Start with creating, as Erika calls it, a reasonable aspiration or hoped-for future, your castle on the hill. Describe it in detail.What it will be like to build it, live it, see the world from it. And then she shows how we can build our own plan for reaching it.
I recommend both authors and their books.
Regularly for me now is a lot different than regular was 10 years ago, 20 years ago.
But there are some constants.
I know I will have some success, some achievement, from a workout. Always.
Some days the results from a workout are enough to inspire me to keep.moving.forward. The other days they are like icing on the cake.
And regularly, I find solutions to challenges present themselves while I'm working out.
Exercise is a great stress-reliever. We're all under a great deal of stress. Exercise regularly.
Just a reminder: we're all entrepreneurs.
Our whole life is a series "of hurdles, challenges, setbacks, disappointments, screaming euphoria, comparable levels of despair, a thrilling ride....” And like business entrepreneurs we’re pushed and pulled to invent and re-invent ourselves each and every day...or suffer the same fate as businesses who refuse to change: close our eyes to the world.
And like entrepreneurs in the business world, sometimes we get stuck. Sometimes, we need a tip, a reminder, a flashlight, a life buoy...And in this economy, we all need all the help we can get.
I hope this helps.
Feel free to share your tips, resources or means you have found help you keep.moving.forward.
Disclaimer: I'm a work in process with each of these steps. I overlook them all at different times....that only serves to confirm their usefulness.