You wake up in the morning and something is stirring in your being. You can’t quite figure out what is going on, but you know something is afoot. You push it off to the side, get ready and out the door you head to your office or client meeting. As the day wears on you sense that something is amiss. You just can’t put your finger on it. You dismiss it again multiple times during the day. That evening, as you think you are going to sleep, you simply keep tossing and turning. Your mind keeps thinking about stuff. You just can’t seem to come to a place of rest.
As leaders you have a lot of mind and body energy taking place on a regular and ongoing basis. Some of it is very focused and all the items line up in a pattern. You set priorities, you have deadlines, you get hyper focused and away you go. You feel rewarded at the completion of these items and take on more to fill the void of those now completed tasks.
You also have the trees and the forest challenge. Your mind and body are drifting in the trees and the forest, and you can’t tell the difference between them. The nervous energy trembles inside your body and your mind races to wade through all the various things you just can’t put into alignment at the moment. This in turn causes even more energy to abound in your mind and body causing you to be more restless and mentally preoccupied.
As you continue to push forward day after day you begin to think this is normal and discount what these inklings are telling you. You begin to rationalize all these indicators as just part of the role as leader. You somehow conjure up that this is the price you pay for your success.
Unfortunately, I have witnessed this cycle paralyze both the mental and to a degree physical capacity of good leaders and reduce their effectiveness in leading their organization to best outcomes.
Your body is a miraculous machine with all kinds of built-in sensors to provide telemetry on what is or is not going right. Much like a space launch with all the numerous intersections of components to achieve orbit with the rocket but also the human dynamics of physical and mental health of the crew.
Prior Guidepost have referenced the need for leaders as well as staff and others to take a conscious effort to not ignore your wellbeing. The inklings your body is telling you are as important as your balance sheet and profit and loss statements. Your inklings need to be listened to and then synthesized into real valuable data points. This does not mean you just guess or go with an immediate gut level reaction to business decisions. It does indicate that as a leader you cannot ignore the unique sensory input your body sends forth to help guide you on your big quest for results.
As with any new sensor or indicator, you need to develop the skills to understand how to use this great inner power each of us have. You need to first be conscious it exists and then start to pay attention to how it pulls and pushes you in your thought processes. It will take some time to learn how to appreciate and use it but, in the end, it will be a distinct advantage to your overall results. Looking to find your body telemetry to be that unique difference in your leadership efforts? Give your Promise Guide a call at FL (407) 984-7246 or MI (313) 527-7945.