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Leadership Lessons seen through the haze of a cold

I don’t know about you, but my family was hit hard with the flu/cold/cough/ick that kept recycling this winter. Thankfully, we’re all well now, but while I was down I had a lot of time to reflect. Here’s what I noticed:

Lesson #1: I (probably) do too much (And I bet you do, too!)

I tried to take it easy the first week I was sick, and then went back to business as usual the following week . . . and then I got worse! While I was visiting my amazing doctor for acupuncture on an unrelated issue, I begged him for help with my immunity. He told me that part of the reason I relapsed so soon was that I didn’t allow myself to recuperate before returning to full speed.

Not rocket science, right? I probably didn’t need the doctor’s prescription for common sense. But when your life is busy, it’s hard to see the big picture and slow down enough to recover. I loved this article in the Harvard Business Review called “Why We Humblebrag About Being Busy,” which focuses on how to prioritize your life to do only what matters.

“A hundred years from now, when people look back at this period, they will marvel at the stupidity of it all: the stress, the motion sickness, and the self-neglect we put ourselves through.”

You can’t always be objective about yourself and see the big picture of where you are and where you’re going – that’s why we hire coaches to help us see and develop what we can’t. Need a quick perspective shift? Spend 15 minutes on the phone with me – complimentary – for coaching office hours. Those fifteen minutes could change your whole life.

Lesson #2: The best work I do is with people like you! 

For the days I couldn’t work, I thought about the people whom I love to serve – absence makes the heart grow fonder! What do my clients have in common?

The people I work with are fun, fast, and smart rebels (i.e., non-conformists, innovators, risk takers, people who cannot help doing things differently than the “norm” because that’s how they are wired in their DNA). They are highly motivated and committed to making big things happen in their worlds and the world.

When you and I work together, I believe in you 100% and together we do things you couldn’t do as quickly on your own. We talk, sparks fly, fires are started, and your life is ignited.

And . . . speaking of lighting your life on fire, this year’s Into the Fire Women’s Surf Retreat takes place in Malibu June 5-7. Talk to me if you want to know more or know of any wonderful women who need to be there with us. We’re also starting to work on a weeklong men’s surf retreat in November IN HAWAII! Stay tuned for more details. 

Lesson #3: Leaders are always learning. 

When I’m sick, I like my tissues to have lotion, my soup to have chicken and rice and my brain to be engaged. I read a lot and I am obsessed with podcasts – driving as much as I do, it’s a win-win to get where I need to be and gain insights along the way. After Serial ended, I’ve been listening to The Nerdist, The Tim Ferriss Show, NPR’s Invisiblia, The Alton Browncast and our kids adore Brains On.

Are you a podcast junkie too? An avid reader? Do me a favor and click over to this survey and share one favorite podcast or one book you love that you’d recommend. For those who play between now and the end of February (that’s this Saturday, the 28th), I’ll randomly choose one winner for a $25 iTunes or Amazon giftcard, because prizes are fun! (One entry per person please, and the contest is only open through the end of the month.)

Stay well and do what matters most!

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