At the end of 2018 I changed career. I stopped searching for a cure for cancer and developed a leadership consultancy and coaching business. I soon realised that my energy level was not high enough to keep up with the rigours of working in a new business. I needed to shake myself up, boost my vitality and facilitate a positive mindset. To transform my situation I chose to start swimming again. In committing to this one action I fulfilled several positive outcomes.

Lead Yourself First

These days I’m much more open to suggestions than I used to be. Even so, my initial reaction is often to push back and resist ideas when they are first put to me. If someone suggested to me to go back to swimming, I would most likely have resisted the idea. Rather, knowing myself, I had to choose this for myself. I knew I needed to be fit for my business. I had to lead myself to make the changes; plan my new routine and set some goals. I had to hold myself accountable, be disciplined and stick to the plan. Getting fit happened when I put in a consistent effort, swimming 40-60 min for 3-4 times per week. What was my lesson here? I knew I needed to make a change. I had to take responsibility for my own fitness and wellbeing. No one else was going to do it. It starts with me. I had to lead myself and be committed to the fitness outcomes that I wanted. That’s being responsible.

Challenge Yourself

I am very competitive. Whenever I exercise, I am naturally inclined to do better the next time. Having chosen to get back in the pool, I wanted to improve. I competed and challenged myself to swim a bit further or a bit faster each time I went. Each week I swam a couple more laps and I pushed myself to swim 500 metres 5-10 seconds faster than I did the week before. Over the past two months, I’ve increased my distance from 1 km to over 2 km three times per week, and I swim 1 km almost 2 minutes faster than when I started. A positive, growth mindset is absolutely necessary for improvement. Mix up the training. See what works and produces results. Review, modify and implement. To achieve even greater results or accomplish my goals quicker I could also hire a coach or join a squad, however, for now I am comfortable challenging myself to improve.

Lead by Example

My business is committed to developing and inspiring leadership in science, health and the environment. I encourage people to develop themselves and I’m not being authentic if I’m not willing to do what I ask my clients to take on. I need to be willing to lead by example. If my goal is to empower others, I need to empower myself first. Along the way I have discovered an unexpected source of power. In leading myself and holding myself to account I have real strength and power to challenge and hold my clients to account. This is beneficial for my clients, since holding them to account will support them to achieve their goals faster.

My question for you is, where are you avoiding responsibility and not taking action? Health, career, fitness, relationships? Are you good at giving advice and yet you won’t take your own advice? Why do you resist taking action? Is it a fear of failure that stops you? Why not demonstrate your leadership and start by leading yourself first? You don’t know how the future will unfold.

Do you want to take charge of your life and cause the results you are committed to? Contact me today for a complimentary discovery session to explore the value of 1:1 leadership coaching.