Leaders Are Reader

With such a packed schedule of speaking engagements, book signings, family functions, and coaching sessions, it can be hard to find time to sit down and get lost in a good book. But every time I intentionally set time aside to read, I find myself feeling more creative, inspired, and motivated. Some of our favorite self-improvement books are:

  1. Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson
  2. The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman
  3. The Power of Now by Eckhart Toole

Of course, if you’re looking for a dynamic book about leadership, mentorship, and next-level success, I know a good one.

Sweat It Out

This month, Antionette and I are celebrating all of the hard things our bodies can do. Instead of looking at fitness as something we have to do, we look at it as something we get to do. We both feel better when we put time in our day for exercise and encourage each other to say no to the sugary snacks and late-night munchies. We know that when we work out consistently, we feel better, we look better, and we are better equipped to serve other people. Having her hold me accountable is what gets me up out of bed and into the gym each morning. We remind each other that healthy and active lifestyles are just one good decision at a time. 

Facing Fears

At the beginning of the month, Antionette and I both wrote down a fear and posted it on the bathroom mirror. We have to look at it every morning and be reminded that we have some obstacles to overcome. Facing our fears is one of the most significant ways to improve our confidence and self-esteem. It stretches us and challenges us, and requires us to be vulnerable. The first step is saying, “this is what I’m afraid of, and this is what I’m going to do about it.” There is power in this vulnerability and is foundational in being the best version of you. 

Every week in September, we’ll discuss a few more ways we are working towards self-improvement and offer practical ideas for you to do the same.

My challenges for you this week:

  1. Start reading a self-improvement book (take a suggestion from our reading list) 
  2. Write down a fear that you currently have and stick it to your bathroom mirror. 
  3. Work on DOING IT NOW!

He lost track of CiCi when an energetic man came barreling towards him.

“Hi! “I’m Andrew, but you can call me Drew,” he said and outstretched his hand with a smile. Scotty held out his hand in a pathetic attempt at a handshake, and Drew took it forcefully. He shook it hard enough to make Scotty’s whole torso shake.

“People can tell a lot about you by your handshake. Make sure it’s strong. And look me in the eye. Try it again,” Drew said, releasing Scotty’s hand. Scotty rolled his eyes. He was not in the mood for Jolly Mr. Rogers over here, and now he lost CiCi. He humored the guy and gave a half decent handshake, and was relieved that Drew took it as acceptable.

Often throughout our life, what we perceive to be an obstacle or a distraction is actually the catalyst for our life change. We may not like it, and we may not want to embrace it. But we are here for a purpose, and every situation, whether good or bad, is all part of our unique life plan. You never know when you may meet the person who will become your mentor. You never know when you’ll meet the person who needs to be mentored by you. Keep an open mind about your circumstances. Choose to see them as opportunities instead of obstacles.

Your challenges this week

Challenge One: Pre-order your version of Swim!

Challenge Two: Be intentional this week about choosing to see your obstacles as opportunities.