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This leadership development article is dedicated to service minded leaders who need to take a little more time for themselves. Remember the saying, “Healthy, wealthy and wise?” It defines the exceptional leaders who strive for optimal health and wellness in both body and mind.
Exceptional leaders pay attention to their physical health because they know it is fundamental to their emotional, spiritual and financial fitness as well.
Leaders must stay fit physically in order to radiate the energy and enthusiasm necessary to motivate and inspire.
This leadership development article is about the positive impact physical fitness creates both professionally and personally. When you look good, you feel good. You project a more vibrant image.
It makes sense, and it sounds so simple, so why doesn't everyone do it?
You may be saying to yourself, “I’m not where I want to be and it’s nobody’s fault but my own. I’ve allowed myself to get into a rut because I’ve just been too busy at work, with the kids, supporting others, etc. I’ve spent my downtime on the couch when I should have been outside enjoying physical activity and taking better care of myself.”
"If you go to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you. Whatever good things we build, end up building us.
- Jim Rohn
Okay we know all the reasons and excuses for not being physically fit. But the past is exactly where it should be – in the past! Leave it there and now let’s focus on your future.
So what next?
We’re not saying in this leadership development article that
you must achieve the physique of an Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jennifer Lopez or Madonna.
But you will quickly realize powerful results in your energy level by simply
taking the time to exercise 30 minutes each day.
Ideally, take one hour out of every day and do something physical that you enjoy; walking, jogging, hiking, lifting weights, swimming, aerobics – anything that gets you on your feet and moving.
Fitness trackers are a great way to remind yourself to get
It’s true, by exerting more energy - you’ll have more
Simply by moving more and breathing more deeply, you will begin to feel revitalized, possessing more energy and higher levels of concentration.
Commit, and make the time. You can always set your alarm
clock for one hour earlier. Or, take
advantage of small breaks in your day by walking or climbing stairs.
Your friends, families and co-workers care about you –
they’ll understand if you need to take a bit more time for yourself.
Let’s face it, people always find time to do something
they are committed to. So, how about committing to your own health?
No matter how much we want to deny it we know it’s true,
people who take care of their body enjoy life more. They have the energy
to DO, not just dream about doing something some day.
When you take care of yourself it shows, and when you don’t,
it also shows.
Consider these easy steps for getting started today…
Before you know it, “fit” will be feeling fantastic! You
will notice your self-confidence will shoot through the roof. Those around you
will respect you more for your discipline, your achievement, and most
importantly – your example of self-leadership.
If you take away just one point from this leadership
development article, we encourage you to remember that each one of us only has
one shot at this great life, so we must leverage our time on earth by living it
well and enjoying everything that it has to offer.