As we give thanks during the Holidays. Tal Ben-Shahar, has five reminders to take action on, not only during the holidays but though out the year. Tal Ben-Shahar is an author and lecturer. He taught two of the largest classes in Harvard University’s history, Positive Psychology and The Psychology of Leadership.
Included below is his video which I would highly recommend watching and a summary of the five takeaways.
- Let yourself be human. (You will not always be happy, and will experience various emotions. It is better to not suppress them, recognize them and work on them.)
- Give yourself time to recover. Take mini breaks to recover and vacations to be more productive at work.
- Start an exercise training routine. Exercise will help you be better at work and home.
- Breath, learn to take deep breaths. Take a few moments to meditate and be present in the moment.
- Savor and appreciate. Write down what you are grateful for everyday.
These are such important reminders and so worth your time! I hope you enjoy his video as much as I did.
Those two do not seem related …. dancing and leading. Although I beg to differ. When you dance like no one is watching you are in the moment and you have the courage to get out there, forget how you look and just dance. You can influence others with your movement. Inviting others to join you, getting more and more people to dance. Even creating an environment that makes it easy to dance and enjoy the music.
As a leader, even without the title, you have the opportunity to influence others. You can be yourself, dance to your own song and control your own direction within the company. If you are brave enough to get out there, create value and engage even a small group to follow your advice, you are a leader. What if you could maximize that across the company, go beyond the silos, provide value and even create a movement.
Watch this fun TED Talk video by Derek Sivers: How to start a movement with dancing, and all the lessons learned.