As many of you know, I am a gym rat. Going to the gym has been a part of my life since the age of 16. The Stair Master and I have read many, if not 100’s, of books together.
Recently, to shake up my routine, a friend and I decided to take one of the classes. When I got there, the instructor announced something about Tabata. I’d never hear this before but it sounded like yoga or something to eat. Well it was neither. 15 minutes into this Tabata workout, I was scrambling to find something I needed to do or any place to be but there!
Unfortunately, I was in the front of the class and the farthest from the door. It was tough!
A few weeks later, I’ve now tortured myself about six or seven times. The class and workout is that tough. Why am I still doing this? Efficiency. I don’t feel I need to go to the gym everyday and I don’t feel guilty about that.
President’s Day there were no classes, so I did my usually Stair Master workout. My normal settings were not adequate! It was actually too easy. I had to bump up the level not one but three notches, just to be challenged.
What’s this got to do with leadership or creating that culture of excellence within yourself or your organization? When you make changes in one area, it affects other areas as well. The spill over can be profound, even if they are only changes within yourself.
When you make it a goal to learn to communicate better with your team and superiors at work, those skills go home with you. Suddenly you’re communicating and connecting with your family and friends at a different level. You may implement a new strategy for time management and meeting deadlines to reduce your stress levels, and it shows up at the non-profit board meeting you volunteer at.
The same goes for bad habits such as poor leadership skills, no self management, no organization skills, poor productivity, lack of financial planning and there are more. If they’re in one area of your life; you will find them in others.
Create some new skills or learning objectives and notice other areas where they show up. Recognize the spill over.