Elevating Uncommon Leadership : Embracing Health, Purposeful Goals, and Transformation – Your Champions Brew

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Happy Friday, Brew Nation! 

Grab your favorite coffee cup, sit back, relax, and get ready to sip on some enriching and thought-provoking content that will equip you to thrive in all areas of your life:

  • Uncommon Leader Insights – I’ve enjoyed this new segment in the Champions Brew newsletter that brings you key takeaways from the remarkable guests featured on the Uncommon Leader Podcast!  I believe I will continue it into 2024.

In Episode 95 of The Uncommon Leader Podcast, I had the pleasure of hosting Justin Roethlingshoefer, founder and CEO of OwnIt Coaching. Together, we explored the dynamic relationship between intentional living and health optimization as drivers of success. Here are three of my takeaways from our enlightening conversation:

  1. Own Your Uniqueness: Embrace your distinct qualities and let them shine as a leader. It’s not about trying to be someone else; it’s about leveraging your unique traits to create positive change. Develop and nurture those exceptional qualities, and share them with the world!
  2. Good Health Costs, but Bad Health Bankrupts: The price of maintaining good health may seem high, but the cost of neglecting it is far greater. It’s not just about money—it’s about investing the time and effort required for personal well-being. Your energy account is vital for achieving greatness, and poor habits, procrastination, and putting things off for “someday soon” will leave you bankrupt. Remember, “some” is not a number, and “soon” is not a time!
  3. Fall in Love with the Process: Leaders often become fixated on the end results, neglecting the significance of the journey itself. Whether it’s weight loss or any other goal, shifting your focus to the process is key. Embrace exercise, cultivate healthy eating habits. When you love and commit to the process, success becomes inevitable.

Remember that leadership isn’t just in  the boardroom—it’s a lifestyle choice that demands attention to the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual components of our lives. Justin’s story is a powerful reminder that you have the ability to craft a life and career that’s not only successful but also fulfilling and health-promoting.

  • Work Hard, Eat Healthy, Exercise Daily– We are about 2 weeks into 2024.  How are your New Year’s Resolutions coming along?  This is the time of the year where we set new personal and professional goals.  Many of you have heard the SMART acronym when you set goals:  They must be Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Realistic, and Time-based.  However, in my exploration of Jim Kwik’s captivating book, “Limitless,” I’ve discovered a unique perspective on goals that goes beyond the tactical approach.  Jim Kwik suggests an alternative acronym to move our goals from our heads to our hearts, ensuring they resonate with our deepest desires and aspirations. This acronym is HEART:
    • H is for Healthy – How can you make sure your goals support your greater well-being?  You goals should contribute to your mental, physical, and emotional health.
    • E is for Enduring – Your goals should inspire and sustain you during the difficult times when you want to quit.
    • A is for Alluring – You shouldn’t always have to push yourself to work on your goals.  They should be so exciting, enticing, and engaging that you’re pulled toward them.
    • R is for Relevant – Don’t set a goal without knowing why you’re setting it.  Ideally, your goals should relate to a challenge you’re having, your life’s purpose, or your core values.
    • T is for Truth – Don’t set a goal just because your neighbor is doing it.  Make sure your goal is something you want, something that remains true to you.  If your goal isn’t true to you, you’re far more likely to procrastinate and sabotage yourself.

As we incorporate the HEART framework into our goal setting, we align our head, hands, and heart, ensuring that our goals are not only SMART but also deeply meaningful and fulfilling.

Let’s remember that our goals should inspire us during tough times, and allure us with their excitement, relevance, and truth. So, take a moment to review your 2024 goals and be sure to align them with the HEART approach.

Are you aware that The Champions Brew explores various topics that I frequently coach and consult on with other leaders and organizations? If you or someone you know is seeking to elevate their business or personal life from underperforming to uncommon, I would love to connect with you and discuss 1:1 or group coaching, as well as performance consulting. In fact, click the following link to schedule a FREE CALL to explore how coaching could benefit you and your team. Let’s work together to unleash your full potential and achieve your goals!

Quality #9 – Generosity

Your Candle Loses Nothing When It Lights Another

In Chapter 9, Maxwell outlines the topic of generosity. The subtitle of this chapter is profound, but simple: “Your candle loses nothing when it lights another.” What a powerful metaphor! Imagine, as we share our light, it not only brightens the lives of others, but our flame continues to burn brightly so the impact is multiplied!

And, generosity is so much more than just monetary contributions. It’s about giving and sharing our time, talent, and resources to inspire, encourage and equip those around us. It’s an attitude of abundance, contentment, and selflessness that can truly transform lives.

This chapter reveals some valuable insights on hoe we can ‘Be’ to cultivate generosity in our lives:

  1. Be Content: True generosity starts with appreciating and being satisfied with what we have. By embracing contentment, we shift our focus from acquiring more to giving more.
  2. Be Others First: To be truly generous, we must prioritize the needs and well-being of others above our own. By practicing empathy and selflessness, we create a ripple effect of kindness and compassion.
  3. Be a Giver: Generosity is not a one-time act but a way of life. By intentionally developing the habit of giving, we cultivate a generous spirit that becomes a reflex.

Do you want to ‘Be’ more generous? Try sharing something you truly treasure with someone who will benefit more from it. It could be a possession, a skill, or a piece of wisdom. The impact can be immeasurable.  Or you can put your money to work by supporting causes that align with your personal values.  Lastly, you could give the gift of your time.  Time is that asset you can never get back.  Find someone to mentor or volunteer for a cause that is close to you:

As we reflect on our generosity, let’s remember the inspiring words of John Bunyan: “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” The true reward lies not in receiving, but in giving.

Next week: Initiative

Quote of the week:    “Habit is either the best of servants or the worst of masters.” – Nathaniel Emmons

What You Need to Do:

Call to Action:  It’s time to put your insights into action. Choose one goal that aligns with your HEART and commit to taking the first step today. Write it down, create an action plan, and hold yourself accountable. Share your goal and progress with others for added support and encouragement.

It’s an honor to be your trusted “Friday Coffee Guy”.  Each week, I’m excited to provide yet another round of curated content that I’ve been reading, listening to, watching, or thinking over. The purpose of the Champions Brew is to inspire, equip and encourage you to become the uncommon leader you were designed to be. I am so grateful for your decision to invest a few moments with me! I hope you enjoyed this week’s edition of Champions Brew. If you did, I would appreciate it if you would share it with someone who might enjoy it as well and ask them to subscribe! I will make sure they automatically get this email every week.

Until next time, Go and Grow Champions!

P.S. – Are you a podcast fan?  Maybe the Uncommon Leader podcast is for you.    Are you interested in being a guest on the Uncommon Leader Podcast?  Do you have a story to tell?  Email me [email protected] and let’s have a chat and set something up!!

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