Good leadership is making balanced choices between wellbeing, health and productivity, guest Moira Lethbridge
As professionals how do we get the balance between our wellbeing, health, and productivity?
It starts with being aware of the unconscious thoughts and beliefs that are affecting these three areas. And with getting clear on what’s driving oneself. That’s when choices materialise and from those choices, one can make changes. So if one believes that our thoughts and beliefs create our experiences, then if one changes the thoughts, one has different experiences.
The problem is that most don’t know that their thoughts and beliefs are getting in the way. And the impact of this is significant. Overworking, over-functioning, and neglecting our health.
Digging into my own unconscious thoughts and beliefs helped me learn how they were blocking me and how I could change them.
An example– is asking one the question to write down what they want to have a year from now. And that’s where clarity happens as most focus on time. Time to take care of their health, time with family, and time to make an impact in the workplace.
From this one learns why they are doing what they are doing. That throws up choices. And those choices are then turned into action by putting a timeline to it.
This example highlights how important it is for one to get and be in touch with their inner self.
When we get clarity on what’s important and the values that are dear, how to choose who I choose to be given the external pressures of what success looks like. It comes down to the choices one makes and gets to a point where all aspects of self are in balance.
Doing this requires having grounded confidence. Which is being comfortable with being uncomfortable and building skills and tolerance of taking the discomfort. This is the bit that helps with productivity. By identifying a set of activities that one is good at and one enjoys doing, and doing it more incrementally one increases their productivity.
As leaders when we operate from a place of deep self-content, even when we get triggered or have an emotional reaction, it’s the grounded confidence that allows us to see the opportunities in the situation. People tend to gravitate to the calmness a leader shows in hard situations as that’s an attractive quality.
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