by Barbara Mutedzi (Zimbabwe)

We can only lead others to the level to which we are, whether in the home, office, business world, community or nation. We cannot give out to others, what we ourselves don’t have. Health is important. And not just physical health, all health. In this article, we are going to encase health in four (4) ‘containers’ that will provide you with simple, but effective ways in which you can create the health, vitality and energy you not only deserve, but need to flourish in your personal, professional and business life.

Container 1: Morning routine

There has been so many research articles around the positive effects of cultivating a morning routine. In many regards, this is a form of self-care. If you are running on fumes, the level to which you lead and serve those around you, is the level to which those fumes are able to give out. If you are leading from a space of connection with the self, you are able to lead and serve more authentically, with more joy and energy. A solid morning routine, should include, journaling, engaging in your spiritual activity (praying, meditation, etc), reading something uplifting and inspirational and exercise.

Our minds and brains are clearer in the early hours of the morning before the day starts. Keeping a journal and an alarm clock set to the same time by your bed each night, with your exercise clothes laid out the evening before, is helpful in taking advantage of your brain’s frequency. Journaling allows you to clearly write down your goals, thoughts, dreams, and anything that speaks to you. It allows you to reflect on the direction your life is taking and what you may need to do to change direction, celebrate or accelerate. All this, gives space for your mental and emotional health.

Engaging in your spiritual activity helps you connect with your higher spiritual being or whatever you call your higher power or inner being. There is an inner and higher guiding force in and around us that knows our purpose in all we do. Tapping into that higher power allows us a strong and meaningful anchor that keeps us grounded through the day. It reminds us when we stumble, fall or face adversities, that there is always more to life. It allows us to celebrate ourselves as part of the whole. Whatever it is for you, make time for that higher level connection.

Source: iCN Issue 35  (Business Coaching: Building your Organisation); pages 51-53

About Barbara Mutedzi

Barbara Mutedzi is a Conscious Leadership Coach trained in Neuroscience-based coaching (study of the mind and brain for higher performance; a course accredited by the International Coach Federation – ICF). With a background in Health and Community Psychology; Socio-cultural and Medical Anthropology, Barbara helps people become better versions of themselves, by helping them tap into their inner wisdom for higher level leadership of the self and others. Specific to Business owners and Leaders, Barbara’s focus is on sharpening their Conscious leadership skills for higher performance, impact and profit on purpose. Barbara is a transformational speaker, author and self-proclaimed Human Catalyst.