Leadership, at any hierarchical or responsibility level, has at its heart – self awareness, creativity and personal responsibility, to learn and grow. This is no more obvious than when leading change. The presence of intellectual rigour, market intelligence and management data is a given. The question for leaders to answer here is: ‘Given what you know and can measure, what do you need to think, feel and do to take your business to a successful future?’ The ability to lead beyond empiricism is critical. What is available to help us access this important aspect of leadership? Leah Lund of One Whole Health onewholehealth.com is very clear about one particular tool.
In this age of technology, things are moving fast. A leader’s job has changed. Never before has business been so global and unleashed such creative innovation. In today’s world of immediate connectivity, any business has a greatly expanded market potential, but also a greater base of competition. A leader must keep up. A leader must be fluid. Many leaders find themselves constantly managing change and struggling to keep the momentum going with their team.
Despite the marketing advantage of using the Internet and Social Media, there is one clear disadvantage to be aware of, a problem that can diminish your impact as a leader. According to Nicholas Carr, author of: Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, “Using the Internet pushes us to a skimming and scanning form of thinking. A lot of our deepest thoughts only emerge when we’re able to pay attention to one thing.” In other words, the constant barrage of information causes our brain to think at the surface rather than identify deep, creative thoughts and ideas, the kind that lead to change. According to a recent study, the distraction of constant e-mails, text messages, voice mails and instant messages are a greater threat to IQ and concentration than is smoking marijuana.
In order to change your organization’s behavior and deliver the business vision, a leader must first change the way they think. Any business is as innovative and focused as the thoughts of its leader.
In coaching business executives and entreprenuers, the first tool I recommend for leading change is journaling. Journaling allows you to make your technology work for you instead of against you. By journaling, you slow down and pay attention to one thing…your thoughts. You will step away from email, pop ups, Facebook, the news crawl, the stock market app, the telephone…and give yourself some time. Journaling is a mini-meditation or retreat in which you can clearly:
- Explore your dreams, personally and professionally
- Account for your daily thoughts and habits
- Make decisions and solve problems
- Release excess and negative energy
- Maintain the focus to achieve any goal
- Improve your enthusiasm and energy level
- View your situation objectively
The science of Quantum Physics, Neuro Science and Neuroplasticy tell us that your brain’s neural pathways can be changed. New thoughts create new neural pathways which mean new habits and new results. Journaling helps you create those new thoughts. Journaling develops strategic thinking.
“A great leader is an agent of change who has clarity of vision and knows how to make that vision a reality. Such a person comes from a level of core consciousness, which is what we call the soul. Great leaders take time every day to reflect. They ask themselves meaningful questions. They are conscious of what they are observing. They’re feeling what is needed and know how to fulfill those needs.” Deepak Chopra, world-renowned mind-body healing pioneer, author, public speaker and medical doctor.
When you journal, you create the time and space to reflect. Journaling is a tool for cultivating your highest self, as applied to any area of your life. It is a way you listen to your intuition and clearly identify what you actually think and feel.
Thoughts determine behaviors and habits. Any business is only as healthy as the habits of its leader. The habits of the leader dictate the behavior of the entire organization. In his book, “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business,” Charles Duhigg reminds us that “at one point we consciously decided to take an action, but then it becomes automatic behavior.” A 2006 Duke University study determined that more than 40% of the action’s people perform each day were not actual decisions, but rather habits. Journaling allows you as a leader to change your thoughts which change your habits which change your entire organization.
In addition to impacting your business, your thoughts greatly impact your own health. The Journal of the American Medical Association sites findings that journaling and expressive writing can reduce symptoms of asthma, rheumatoid arthritis and other chronic illnesses.
Research shows that journaling can also:
- Improve Immunity
- Reduce the negative effects of stress
- Provide clearer thinking through improved cognitive functioning
- Promote more restful sleep
A peaceful mind generates power and positive energy. By journaling, you will quiet your mind and strengthen your leadership thereby clearing a path for your family, friends, employees, colleagues and clients to follow.
Journaling develops emotional resilience, the ability to quickly deliver results and the agility to navigate life’s changes. In any situation, journaling elevates your success.
Leah Lund is an Executive Health Coach with a holistic approach to energy, mood and weight. With over two decade’s sales and marketing experience, Leah founded One Whole Health with the understanding that the success of a business directly correlates with the energy, focus, and balance of its leader. She teaches executives to manage their energy not time to achieve personal and professional success.
Leah uses a proven system to help clients repair chemical/hormone imbalances that unknowingly sabotage their efforts, while harnessing the power of their thoughts and beliefs through journaling. Corporate Wellness Solutions and Wellness Retreats are also available. To learn more about how One Whole Health can help you be an inspiring leader and sustain momentum in your organization go to www.onewholehealth.com or contact Leah at firstname.lastname@example.org