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Are You Stopping For Water?

“If you neglect to recharge a battery it dies.

And if you run full speed ahead without stopping for water,

you lose momentum to finish the race.”

– Oprah Winfrey

I took a week off at the start of July and for the first 3 days I couldn’t get over how much I slept. And it didn’t seem like I had a choice in the matter.

My body just needed rest.

And since then, most of the leaders I’ve spoken with have shared with me that their energy levels have been quite erratic and many of them have been more tired than normal.

I think it’s very understandable.

The past few months have seen incredible levels of disruption and change. Everyone has been caught up in the intensity of it.

End to end zoom meetings. The stress of high uncertainty. Concern for loved ones and yourself. The realisation at lack of control over life. Intense home-schooling. Chaos at home for many.

Even those who have made the most of lock-down in a positive way have told me how tired they are. And with so much going on globally, it’s understandable that some part of our minds is finding it challenging to process all that’s going on.

And perhaps with being in the middle of summer, our bodies have decided ‘Right, I need to re-charge’.

Top athletes know 3 key things:

  1. Their rest and renewal is a critical part of their high performance strategy.
  2. Their minds need to be calm, clear and centred to get the best from themselves.
  3. One and two are inter-connected.

The same 3 things apply in business and life. And they hugely influence our Recharge Ability (RA).

And if you’re an ambitious leader, it’s vital to manage your energy, your mood and your mind.

What can you do to improve your RA in the coming weeks?

Best,

Shane


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