I haven’t written lately. For me the holidays come with a number of obligations to clients, friends and family. There are also some “rituals” that mix with the obligations that have become a part of the structure of my life. I would miss them if I didn’t do them. There are of course more moments during the holiday than normal to kick back a bit and enjoy some down time. Still, when January hits, I find myself a little less energized and motivated. With the dubious gift of less sunlight hours and more cloudy whether, I am also more reflective. This year I have decided to make January about renewing my energy in all sorts of healthy ways.
It got me thinking; we can all turn January into a month to practice new healthy habits that nurture our energy, heart, mind and body for the rest of the year. 30 days to fill up the cup and better support demanding leadership roles and schedules. I so often hear (and say), “I will start taking care of myself, eat better, exercise, etc., when I have this break, or this holiday.” Well, let's make that time now. Sometimes small changes are profound. It may not require the “Paleo Leap” or the “Whole30”.
I will admit, as a change practitioner, I do like the idea of a 30-day shift. That seems like the right amount of time to start practicing some new healthier habits and see and feel the benefit. Many of my clients use January as “diet” month. This sounds very uninspiring to me and also not very joyful. There is something about the word “diet” that reminds me of restricting, limiting or diminishing. That is not what I am really talking about. I want it to be “optimizing your energy” month. Having a vision for how you want to make your life more sustainable and filled with greater ease and joy seems more inspiring to me. Renewing and expanding our energy catalyzes all the things we need for work and life: stamina, endurance, creativity and happiness. What this means for you depends upon your current practices in life. From my work with clients, these are the things that seem like practical options for consideration:
There are so many things out of our control at work – even for executives who have great purview. But our body is 100% our responsibility. Much of the knowledge and strategy work leaders do require that they remain healthy, agile and prepared for disruption or change. This requires a body, and bodies require nurturance, especially if you want to play the long game – and I know you do.
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