Even with a meaningful vision, a focused mission, or clear purpose, it can still be extremely challenging to juggle the demands of our high-speed, high-information 21st Century world and at the same time sustain a mentally, emotionally and spiritually integrated life.
Virtually all of the most “successful” people I work with (and this includes leaders in every field: Science, art, sociology, technology, business and finance etc.) find themselves regularly reacting to crises, and facing challenges that test their ability to stay open, optimistic, passionate and engaged.
This isn’t surprising since every time you become stressed or overwhelmed your brain initiates a fight or flight reaction that triggers over 1,400 biological changes in your body, instantly flooding you with hormones and neurotransmitters that alter your heart-rate, blood-pressure, breathing rate and rhythm and just about every other bodily function.
What most people don’t realize though, is that this stress-state also suppresses activity in the area at the front of your brain (called the pre-frontal cortex) involved in short-term memory, concentration, rational thought, imagination, creativity and all other advanced human capabilities, including your ability to regulate knee-jerk reactions and addictive tendencies.
Your fight or flight response allows you to react quickly to a crisis at hand by diverting energy to the more primitive parts of your brain in charge of your survival, but this in-turn hinders your ability to handle the type of complex social and intellectual tasks and behaviors crucial to anyone in a leadership position.
Successful leaders (and by leader, I mean anybody who has any kind of significant influence in the culture) have ample passion, drive and direction, and the ability to quickly develop a high level of trust through presence, congruence and emotional authenticity.
The biggest challenge for any leader however, comes when the stress from life events – whether personal or professional – exceeds your current coping strategies. The result is overwhelm, frustration, anger, anxiety or depression, which can influence all of your interactions until you can “sort it out” and get going again.
There are many ways to”sort things out”.
Meditation, exercise, getting enough sleep, a healthy diet, spending time with good friends, taking holidays or vacations, and engaging in regular spiritual practices are just some of the things that can help.
However if you’re like most people you’ll find that as you get busier, these activities and practices are difficult to maintain and you find yourself reverting to more reactive and less resourceful thinking and patterns of behavior.
Remember a time when you were really stressed-out?
How present, respectful and compassionate were you with the people that matter most to you in your business and personal life?
How much patience did you have? How good were your decisions? How many potential opportunities did you overlook or dismiss?
The busier you are the more time you likely spend reacting to crises and circumstances and the less time responding from a relaxed and centered place. But it doesn’t have to be that way…
New breakthroughs in the field of health and human performance have made it possible to totally thrive and lead in high-stress environments, while staying connected to your passion and purpose, and enjoying yourself and others more in the process.
Utilizing highly effective body-centered tools and strategies such as Network Spinal Analysis to shrug-off the stress and tension that typically builds up in your body throughout a hectic day will ensure that you stay connected to your mission and vision without burning out.
Learn how to tap into your innate leadership abilities (like thousands of people around the world are already doing with Network Spinal Analysis) and start using your body and mind together more powerfully than ever before. Find out how to make an appointment at the Well Being Center here.