The art of teaching/training is not so much about transformation of mindsets as it is about refinement. It is not something we do every class but every moment of every day. As we walk the road of uncertainty, it helps us to tear a few pages from the playbook of other change agents in a myriad of industries who have been setting the trails on fire for decades. They may not be certified teachers or trainers but there is a lot we can learn from their habits/rituals.
From Richard Branson to Natricia Teague (my grandmother).
Wake up and meditate
Don’t check emails. Get up and smile. Instead of hitting the snooze button again and again, practice rolling out of bed and smiling. Even if it feels forced at first, activating your “smile muscles” causes serotonin to release in your brain. About 30 seconds later, you’re actually happier. Meditate for 30 Minutes! Meditating for 30 minutes is a great way to build up your mental and emotional strength for the day to come. Just sit, set a timer and focus on your breath. Smiling tells your inner critic to hush early in the morning.
Watch the sunrise
Yes, literally. Most successful people are up by 5 a.m. Leaders are said to accomplish more in those early hours than the average person does in days. This means getting to bed early too, since sleep deprivation went out with bell bottoms.
Have an attitude of gratitude:
It is so easy to forget that it is a time to be alive. Let each day be a stepping stone for you to walk into a state of gratitude for the hours ahead. Give thanks for everything you are given.
In every conversation. Every interaction. Every intention. If we are awake we recognize we have the opportunity – every single moment of the day – to influence, to inspire, totransform or affirm something about the truth of who we are, and what we say is essential.
Remember Benjamin Franklin was known for his famous question: What good shall I do this day?
Position yourself for greatness
Arianna Huffington, who is a cheerleader for 7-8 hours of sleep a night, would not be productive or beneficial to anybody if she didn’t sleep. Sleep prepares herself for the busy day ahead. She tells Soulcycle: “A big part of my morning ritual is about what I don’t do: when I wake up, I don’t start the day by looking at my smartphone. Instead, once I’m awake, I take a minute to breathe deeply, be grateful, and set my intention for the day.”
Relax. Relate. Release. Woo-sah
Arianna Huffington said, “The connection that conscious breathing gives me is something I can return to hundreds of times during the day in an instant. A conscious focus on breathing helps me introduce pauses into my daily life, brings me back into the moment, and helps me transcend upsets and setbacks.”
Create an action list with an intention every night
Use Trello, post it notes, or lipstick to write mantras on your mirrors, in your phone, etc. Or even find inspirational quotes that fuel your tank. Better yet, depending on what personal improvements we are trying to make, assign yourself some internal homework. For example, I will speak only positive things today.
Workout in the morning
Tim Armstrong gets up at 5 am to fit in reading and workout before firing off work emails. Kris Snyder, CEO of Vox Mobile said,
“My stress level and clarity comes from daily work outs. I am actively training and competing in running, cycling, and swimming. These races range from half marathons, 50-mile rides, and triathlons. Even as I travel to different cities, it is good to get to know the locations via a five-mile run.
Make time to read books unrelated to your area of expertise
Jame Roche told inc.com ,
“There is never enough time to complete all of the work-related tasks required of a CEO. When we have a few extra moments not consumed by clearing emails and making calls, it is tempting to read the latest Peter Thiel or Elon Musk book to tune-up our game. Instead, I try to make time to read fiction, history, even non-fiction with no direct relation to my business. I find that the ability to synthesize ideas and patterns from various realms helps me break out of strategic ruts, to understand people and situations better and to be a more interesting part of my community.”
Improve your storytelling
Helping others understand what you do and why it’s important comes down to telling a story. Work on improving and presenting our story constantly.
Dress to impress the most important person… YOU
What if every outfit we pulled out of our closet was our favorite outfit? Or we could just keep it simple and rock our own signature style like to great people Isabel Marant and Mark Zuckerberg. Isabel Marant wears a daily uniform of flat shoes, fitted jeans, a cashmere sweater layered with a jacket or a plain t-shirt like Mark Zuckerberg who said he doesn’t have time to worry about what to wear.
Get plugged and keep it simple
Make it a habit to sent two networking notes, a follow up , and make a new connection each day.
Tap your inner-self through journaling
Journaling to actively engage with our thoughts has a whole lot of benefits, research suggests. It increases our ability to pinpoint and manage our emotions, increases self-awareness and discipline, unlocks your inner creativity, enhances communication skills, and helps us to heal from the daily disappointments of human interaction.
Have a work free bread break
Share at least one meal a day with someone. Not talking about work either. It is a relationship building exercise and an opportunity to develop your communication skills and learn.
Trust yourself each day
Know what is right for you and the more you trust yourself the more easily it becomes to make decisions and choices in line with your purpose. To refocus, recall the reasons you started teaching/training. Ask yourself: What is your highest purpose in life?
If you are the type of person to fall asleep with technology or in the bed face first on a glowing screen, now it is good for the humble soul to unplug.