It has been more than six months since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States, creating turbulence for sports, leadership, and pretty much for every human being in this country, if not for every human being on the planet.
Along the way, my clients, colleagues, and I have been figuring out how to find inspiration, stay focused, and engaged, and keep our determination and resilience amidst change.
Inspiration and Health
Tour de France https://www.letour.fr/en/. Just what I needed for inspiration. Indoor cycling three times a week has kept me going since March 2020. My motivation for indoor cycling has been sustained by watching reruns of basketball and followed by the new standard indoor basketball. I’ve also watched a lot of reruns and recent regular soccer matches as well as reruns of past Olympic triumphs. So what a treat to see the Tour de France pop up on my screen. When I do my indoor cycling accompanied by cyclists, it just motivates me like nothing else.
I’ve rarely missed a training day in the last six months. My coach Rob Colburn has kept me on track http://colburnbodyconcepts.com with the training peaks schedule. My knees have healed, and I’m also back walking/running twice a week and have kept up with Pauline Nordin’s Weight Training Programs https://fighterdiet.com.
My master's program includes 20 minutes of meditation a day with Headspace https://www.headspace.com.Starting with a meditation every morning has kept me centered and focused when presented with upsetting or challenging news. This enhanced ability to focus has been a tremendous help in managing changes for my business as well as helping clients navigate all that has changed for them. Being healthy has never been more important.
In a time of crisis, what inspires you to practice healthy behaviors? Quite a few clients have been motivated to exercise more since they’ve been working from home. Before, they could not find the time. Now, without a long commute, many have more time and are taking walks or running in the morning, at lunchtime, or after work. Some clients and colleagues have taken up indoor or outdoor cycling, and some are following YouTube channel exercise programs. Many are reporting feeling a lot healthier and centered.
Learning and Engagement
The pandemic is changing the way we live and work, and we all must adapt. It’s the perfect time to rethink and innovate, and my clients are doing just that, creating opportunities for their employees to learn and stay engaged.
Opening up dialogue on antiracism and education has been a focus for many. For example, a leader on a senior team I’ve been working with has taken the initiative to create a diversity committee for her company and started conversations with all employees on inclusion and racial inequities. Numerous clients have been on panels to share their experiences as leaders and being African American.
Some have been tasked with helping employees become more technology savvy, able to participate in virtual communities, and work remotely effectively, while others were given the role of orchestrating safety and re-entry at work.
And clients with children confront challenges different from any other. They have had to be creative and solution-oriented with their time management as they simultaneously work from home and supervise homeschool, all while leading change in their organizations.
Determination, Resilience and Discipline
What kind of mindset do leaders need as they face the stress of reorganizations, changes of focus, and new projects as well as new leadership? Resilience, determination, and discipline are like superpowers. These qualities help you keep going even when the going is tough, whether it means stepping up in new roles with more responsibilities, reporting to new leaders, or being reassigned to a new position or new projects.
Leaders have always had to deal with change. But there are more changes now than before, magnifying the impact both at home and at work. So determination and resilience--whether developed through sports training, meditation, or other practice--are needed now more than ever. I know for me, the discipline of my daily meditation practice and my regular training exercise plan have given me tremendous support. I see the same for my clients who have added meditation or exercise to their daily habits. Such practices help boost both physical and mental health, ensuring that leaders are prepared to navigate their personal as well as their work lives.
Each client’s situation provides unique opportunities. I’ve been impressed by what many clients have accomplished, dedicating themselves, their time, and knowledge to push through crucial projects while continuing to grow as leaders.
Wishing you inspiration, determination, and resilience during this time, and let me know if my consultants or I can help firstname.lastname@example.org.