“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” – John Holmes
What is your exercise plan this week? Will you take a yoga class or do some Pilates? Have a trainer help you with some weight training? I hope you do have time to take a walk or go to the gym or go for a run.
This is not just about reminding you to keep in shape. Yes it is a good idea for you to walk to meetings using the long route, or to take the stairs whenever possible. Both of these are good ideas. Being a leader is about mind, body and spirit.
I am asking you to consider another form of heart healthy activity. The type that involves helping others. YOU have the ability to reach your hand out to others and lift them up. It is good for them and it is good for you. The opportunity for you to do this type of lifting is all around you.
- When a colleague has a career set back or disappointment – lift.
- When the team works non-stop to meet an impossible deadline – lift.
- When layoffs or cutbacks are announced – lift.
- When a favorite colleague leaves the team or the company – lift.
- When ‘Murphy’s Law’ strikes and everything that can go wrong, goes
- wrong – lift.
- When a presentation goes badly or a prototype is rejected – lift.
These are just a few of the scenarios where you can lift people up. Anytime morale is down, YOU lift people up.
Add that to your exercise plan and you will recognize immediate benefits. No special diet or exercise equipment is required.