A daily practice for leadership success

A daily practice for leadership success

 

Reflection – learn and let go!

It’s the end of the working day. It has been a busy, productive and challenging day all in one. All you want to do it leave the office and get home or if you are like me get changed and tackle a physical exercise challenge to let go of the day’s events.
 
The emotions and thoughts that you have experienced throughout the day have taken their toll of you. You are feeling drained, tired, like that bar of chocolate it the fridge is going to be your best friend, like a shower would help wash away the day that has been.
 
The day that ‘has been’……………This is your point to ‘Learn and let go’.
 
The day has occurred, it’s now in the past, however there is so much that you could learn from such days and let go. No dragging this with you into future days.
 
Reflect on the day that was with your own reflective practice. It could be going out and exercising, running the events of the day through your mind, and reflecting on the situation more clearly than when the event occurred. It could be debriefing with your significant other at home. It could be a ‘Reflection Journal’.
 
A reflective practice has so many benefits, including enabling you to let go of the day and enjoy those many other important elements in life. It supports you with your values-based leadership practice, understanding your values and ensuring they are being met, if not what are you doing to nourish yourself to success.
 
Such a practice is a way of reflecting on the events of the day, how you reacted, how others reacted, then step out of your shoes into an observer position and ask yourself.
 
  • What worked well?
  • What improvements can I make?
  • What have I learnt from this?
  • What do I wish to take forward with me into tomorrow and the future
  • What do I forgive myself for and let go here and now?
 
By using a ‘Reflection Journal’ you get to capture your day in words, reflect on those words – how do they resonate with you now? – and then write out your goals/tasks to support you to make the changes that you wish make as well as highlight your learnings.
 
Reflection is not just an image in a mirror or a pond of water, it is a practice to grow and nourish yourself to success. It is a way to learn and let go!

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Create lasting habits

Create lasting habits

 

Practice, practice, practice

You set yourself a new year resolution, to exercise more, move more. You use to do it all the time and it was a great way for you to reflect and let go of what was weighing heavy on your mind. You had a daily practice that supported your health, wellbeing as well as clarity of thought and action in your leadership role.

 

Currently you are not exercising much, your habit of daily exercise has not been occurring for a while, you are feeling sluggish, your mind is foggy, your stress levels are a little high and your resilience is not as springy as it use to be.

 

My first two questions to you would be:

1. When did you stop moving? and

2. What was happening at that time for you?

 

When you ‘use to’ do something routinely, it was a well formed habit. There has to be a defining moment that generated the change for you to the habit.

Was it a change in job, work hours, health or something else?

 

Getting clear on what may have been the trigger is a great starting point for you to understand how to recreate this habit, and swish away the habit you no longer want.

 

Habits are defined by you. You teach yourself to have them so you can teach yourself to change them, creating the habit you want.

 

Habits play a critical role in your leadership success, whether it is a habit of being organised, punctual, setting boundaries, healthy eating to fuel the mind and body or exercise to help with stress management, each habit has an intrinsic value to you and your leadership practice. Knowing this will help you create the habits that you want and need.

 

To get clear on your desired state, the habit that you want to create, you to need to understand what is behind the habit you use to have and where you are now.

 

What does it look like for you when in full swing?

 

How will the habit benefit you?

 

How will you enact your new habit?

 

Make the commitment, set the intention and take action. Whenever you are developing a new skills, new habit, the magic is in the action.

 

Practice, practice, practice.

 

Habits can become unconscious actions, become part of you and your daily activities.

 

Now that you have clarity on your habit, what it looks like in action and what it gives you – put it into action.

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