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How To Sleep Like a Leader

Posted By Chris Aird, With Purpose Business Consultants, Monday, April 2, 2018

As a leader within the company or as the top leadership executive, it can be accurately stated that you did not get to that position by only doing what was required of you or through minimal investment of your time.

It is also, safe to say, that through your dedication, determination, drive and sacrifice you have attained to this level of leadership success.

However, it is also important to remember that, as the leader within the organization, that many are dependent upon your continued success. Specifically, it would be your employees, your stakeholders, your family and above all, YOU!

Therefore, it is important to consistently invest in your well-being and one of the best ways to maintain your health, energy and drive is to Sleep Like a Leader.

It may surprise you that a recent survey conducted by the Harvard Business Review indicated that roughly 43% of business leadership surveyed said that they are sleep deprived 4 out of 7 nights a week

Consequently, a few important practical tips may be in order to ensure that you receive the adequate rest that you need to maintain your powerful leadership energy, vision and enthusiasm.

Some of those healthy sleeping tips would include:

  • Maintain a consistent bedtime hour.
  • Although keeping current on the events of the day may be necessary, the high-performing executive should detach from the world events at about an hour prior to retiring.
  • If experiencing difficulty going to sleep, check your diet and limit caffeine intake.
  • Indulge in consistent exercise through the course of the week.
  • As much as possible, detach yourself from communication devices at bed-time (cell phones, computers, tablets, etc.).
  • Instruct leadership staff to limit communication when you are “off the clock.”  Perhaps a separate number can be set up for extreme or emergency conversations.
  • Practical advice would include eating lightly at night as well as sleeping on a comfortable bed and in a sleep inducing environment.
  • Utilize homeopathic sounds such as running water or nature sounds available through inexpensive sound devices or listen to soothing music.
  • Take power naps during the course of the day at all possible.
  • Business travel is sometimes necessary – a few tips to manage jet lag may include staying hydrated, scheduling early arrivals, stay active, trying light therapy, etc.

Lead in your own life, take control, good night and sleep well!

Allow us to serve you and your business organizational needs as well as offering opportunities to mentoring your leadership staff.  You may contact us at (480) 280-6505.

Tags:  ASBA  business  business decision-making  business development  Business growth  business knowledge  Business Learning  Business Planning  business services  change  Employers  entrepreneur  finding your passion  getting unstuck  professional development  small business 

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I’ve Tried Every Possible Solution I Can Think Of. Nothing works. Try these 4 Things.

Posted By Bob Wilson, Bob Wilson Solutions, Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Have you had this happen? You feel like you have tried every possible way to get something done and nothing seems to work. Brick wall after brick wall.

When this happens to me it’s usually one or both of the following:

  • Too focused on the problem
  • Thinking too narrowly

If you’re too focused, try these strategies:

  1. Forget about it.  Often the best way to solve a problem is to do something else. This is the bright-idea-came-to-me-in-the-shower mode. Often when you are doing something mindless – like showering, washing dishes or cleaning – something will pop into your head that makes all the difference. Sometimes listening to music or just staring out the window can help a better solution appear.
  2. Go into nature.  This is a variation on the previous strategy. Time in nature seems to slow us down, help us relax. This isn’t go for a walk while talking on your cell phone.  This is go for a walk or ride your bicycle & truly take the time to notice nature around you – the sights & sounds of the trees, birds, etc.

When you’re thinking too narrowly, try these strategies:

  1. Journal.  Find a quiet place & write down anything & everything that comes to mind (freewriting). It can be about the problem your having, about something else or a combo. You can jump from subject to subject or stay on one subject. It doesn’t matter. The idea here is just to get it out on paper. Ideally, you’ll write as fast as you can. Writing quickly keeps your left brain busy (analytical/judging part). The net result  is this puts you more into your right brain (creative/intuitive part). I’ve been journaling for about 20 years & I’m still blown away by some of the insights that come my way when I’m freewriting.
  2. Ask a friend.  We often get so caught up in an issue, that we forget to just ask those around us for their insights &/or to help us brainstorm.  When we do ask, we tend to ask someone near our age. That is ok, but also don’t underestimate the fresh view of a child & the valuable depth of experience someone older can provide.

Bob Wilson is the owner of Gilbert, AZ-based Smartful Coaching. Coaching can take place in person, over the phone or online. If you’re trying to make a change and are stuck, call or email Bob at (480) 710-0340 or to schedule your Free consultation.

Tags:  creative ways to get unstuck  fresh perspective  get past roadblocks  get unstuck  getting unstuck  how to get unstuck  i am stuck  nothing works  overcome roadblocks 

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3 Levels of Change Show You’re Stuck. Reached Level 4 Yet?

Posted By Bob Wilson, Bob Wilson Solutions, Thursday, May 28, 2015

The changes you want to make in life, how’s that going for you?

Most of us want to change and grow. Yet, most struggle,whether it is a professional or a personal change.

If you want to get unstuck, the first step is to determine which of the 4 levels of change you are at:

  1. Talking – You tell people about the change you want to make, but are doing little, if any, planning or action. The people in this group often use the word “someday” or say “I’ve always wanted to…”  Since nothing specific is written down, you may not even know what your next step is. You don’t have a good understanding of how long making the change will take either.
  2. Planning – You have a plan written down, but aren’t actively working on it.  People in this stage often complain about not having a enough time.
  3. Doing – You are taking action, but haven’t taken the time to create a plan. You may have fooled yourself into believing that planning is a waste of time and by taking action instead of planning you are far ahead of the people in the second group. You are wrong. You are every bit as stuck as group #2.
  4. Planning and Doing - This is the only stage where you aren’t stuck. Congratulations. You have a solid plan and are taking regular action.

In all of the first 3 stages, you are stuck and held there most likely by fear. If you are struggling with how to best deal with your fear, let’s talk. There are specific strategies that work and most common “wisdom” goes about it the wrong way.

Note: Just because you have a plan and are taking action doesn’t mean you are unstuck. If the plan is incomplete or is poorly thought out you could still be stuck.  If you aren’t following your plan in a logical order you could still be stuck. Sometimes people have a great plan, but focus on the minor tasks (low hanging fruit) as a way to fool themselves that they are being productive and aren’t stuck. Again, this is fear, keeping you stuck.

So, if you have a plan and are taking action, how can you tell if you’re doing it right? It will feel a bit uncomfortable at times. If 100% of things are easy with your plan, then you are fooling yourself in some way.

Change is hard. The way to tell that you are making real progress (and aren’t stuck) is that some of it (or all) will be hard.

Bob Wilson is the owner of Gilbert, AZ-based Smartful Coaching. If you need help being more effective with your fears/navigating change, contact Bob at (480) 710-0340 or to schedule your Free Consult. 

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Tags:  change management  dealing with fear  getting unstuck  learning to change  managing change 

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I Can Help Others Get Unstuck, Why Can’t I Help Myself?

Posted By Bob Wilson, Bob Wilson Solutions, Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Recently I was talking with 2 business associates. We got on the topic of getting stuck.  One of them said, “It is easier to help someone else get unstuck than it is to help yourself. Why is that?”

Here’s what I said:

“When someone asks us for help we aren’t as emotionally invested as we are with our own issues. It’s not that we don’t care about them. It is just easier with someone else to give them an idea and move on (i.e. let it go). When it is our own issue, it’s extra hard to let it go. We are so emotionally tied into it – we obsess about choosing wisely and doing everything we can to make it ‘just right’. So we dwell on it. Dwell. Dwell. Dwell.”

This is one of the ways we get in our own way, by caring too much. It’s a difficult thing to change. Step 1 is recognizing it for what it really is. Step 2 – ask someone to help.

What do you think – what has been your best way to get unstuck?

Bob Wilson is the owner of Gilbert, AZ-based Smartful Coaching. If you need help getting unstuck, contact Bob at (480) 710-0340 or to schedule your Free Consult. 

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Tags:  getting unstuck  how do I get unstuck?  letting go  why am I stuck? 

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