Do you live well to lead well? In case you missed it, I shared a blog titled, “I Stopped Drinking Alcohol Two Years Ago” that actually wasn’t about alcohol at all. Did you read it? It’s been a while, so if you want to check it out (again or for the first time), you can do so here.
To recap, I suggested that you:
+ Spend some time exploring what “feeling good” or “feeling well” means to you.
+ List 3-5 things you do that do not result in you feel well.
+ Identify the lowest hanging fruit or the one thing that feels most realistic to consider changing right now – what small, consistent change(s) you are willing to make specific to that “thing” you do (or don’t do).
“So now what” you may be wondering?
I find myself sharing these words with both myself and my clients rather often, so you may have heard them from me before:
“Small, consistent steps lead to big, sustainable changes.”
I believe in these words at my deepest soul level. I truly believe that in order to make sustainable changes we absolutely have to start small. That being said, you get to define what the word “small” means to you – more than likely it is different than my small. For example, if I have been eating three pieces of cake every night before bed for the last three years and I want to stop eating cake before bed altogether, I know that in order for this change to be sustainable, I need to cut back and eat two pieces of cake for a while. Then one. Eventually, half. Finally, none. For you, this might look a little (or a lot) different and that’s ok.
Spend some time exploring what “small, consistent steps” means to you and specific to the “thing” you want to change. What small, consistent step can you take for the next week? Be honest with yourself. Write it down and post it somewhere so that you will see it many times throughout your day (bathroom mirror, in the car, the home screen on your phone, etc.).
Check in with yourself each day.
Be honest. How did it go today? How are you feeling – physically, mentally, spiritually, emotionally? What do you need? And probably most importantly – why are you doing this?
Knowing your why cuts through the BS and is the foundation to building and being your best self in this season of life. Sooooooo, WHY do you want to change (insert yours here) behavior, create (insert yours here) boundary, or choose (insert yours here)?
From my perspective, it is all about this:
live well to lead well.
We are all leaders in one way, shape or form and in order to lead well (whether it’s ourselves, our family, a team, or (insert yours here), we absolutely have to live well first.
I cannot wait to share more with you on this – I teach people how to live well so they can lead well.