Balanced Leadership-1: How do you … find quiet moments to reflect?

THIS WEEK, I’m welcoming a colleague, Dr. Rob Pasick, a leadership coach among Fortune 500 companies and a longtime author about leadership and psychology. Come back each day to discover insights Rob can offer us — and please, add a Comment. HERE’S ROB …

Is life all about survival? Right now, a lot of people are saying, “Yes!”
    I disagree. I’ve coached a lot of leaders from grassroots groups to top corporations and I think the secret to a good life is: balance. That’s why I wrote my latest book, “Balanced Leadership in Unbalanced Times.” (Click on the title to visit my Web site, if you want to learn more.)
    Here’s what I hope you’ll help me do this week at I’m going to share with you just a few of the top principles I teach — and I hope you’ll take a moment to chime in with your reactions. You may agree. Or, disagree. Or, tell us how you achieve these same goals. You may want to share a fresh idea. I’m always looking for fresh ideas.

    Today, let’s start with the challenge of finding a little quiet time. How do you do it?
    I received some important advice about this from my old friend, Eddie Erlandson. Fifteen years ago, Eddie and his colleague, Jane Spinner, started a program called Life Lessons. They took busy professionals and put them through an intensive program of wellness, which included healthy eating, exercise, relationship building and mindfulness training. Eddie, who was a vascular surgeon, recognized that stress is linked to heart disease.
    Here’s their most significant finding: Those individuals who developed a daily meditative practice — whether it was meditation, prayer or even meditative walking — showed the best results overall.
    This conversation with my old friend was a wake-up call for me. Over the years, I’ve sometimes forgotten this part of my life. How about you?
    What I like to do is fairly simple: I read something spiritual, meditate for 15 minutes, then I write in a journal.
    As simple as that may sound, this is part of a powerful insight about leadership and about life itself: Balance starts from within. In our stressful world, this is far more difficult than it may seem. We are so bombarded by external stimuli — TV, radio, Twitter posts, on and on — that we cannot turn inward. Even when we do turn inward, we are bombarded by thoughts and ideas generated by our own minds.
    Eddie reminded me that meditation is a practice, a skill to be learned. To learn it, we need to do it on a daily basis. It is easy to skip this part of our lives. I am committed to this discipline on a daily basis. I invite you to try it, too.
    You may be doing something like this already. Tell us about it, will you?
    Please — take a moment to Add a Comment today. Throughout this week, I am going to share with you a few more ideas that may help you sort out the questions we’ve got swirling around in our heads right now. Is life all about survival? To work harder, must we give up time with our loved ones? Must we put off spending time with our friends? Should we stop exercising? Should we put our meditative practice on hold?

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