As a leader, have you ever put your well-being last and you struggle to put yourself first? If so, you’ll know that it’s difficult because it can catch up with you by showing up as sickness, stress, lower back pain, weight gain, etc. So, what do you do? Many people wait for the signs to get louder before they take action and put themselves first, but this is a reactive approach. If you want a long-term strategy for your well-being, you need to be intentional with your daily actions. This info will tell you what you need to know to make sure you select a proactive approach that will let you successfully put your well-being first—the result: leveling up your Leadership effectiveness.
If you’re looking to be an effective leader, you need to put energy into your well-being by putting yourself first. There are many methods for figuring out what “well-being” means to you, but I find the best way to start is by asking yourself questions…because only you know the answers.
Question #1: Where can I take better care of myself?
Question #2: What possible things can I do to meet my needs from what came up in Question #1?
Example: If your answer to the first question was exercise, you now list everything you could do for exercise. Remember to keep it simple. Repeat this process for each item that came up.
Question #3: Now, what is “1 thing” I can do this week for my well-being?
Answering this is important because if you’re not taking care of yourself, you can’t expect yourself to effectively show up and take care of your employees and your work responsibilities. The ultimate goal is to use your answers from these questions to choose a daily “1 thing” to do towards your well-being.
Hopefully, you can see now that putting your well-being first isn’t as hard as you thought. You’re now ready to take a proactive approach without worrying if you’re important or not because you know that your success, both personally and professionally, starts with taking care of YOU!
If you’d like a printable worksheet to work through the above questions, click HERE!