Business Week had a terrific article recently that posed this question: Why do inspiring leaders have a seemingly endless supply of energy? What quality is it that they possess while the rest of us navigate bleary-eyed, coffee-starved, and distractedly through our days?
According to Carmine Gallo, who analyzed the behavior of successful leaders like Ronald Reagan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and top executives from Google, Starbucks, and Cisco, these inspiring individuals routinely and without fail do these three things:
1. Get consistent quality rest. The amount will vary from person-to-person. Some individuals may need 4 hours others may need 9 hours. (If only my two-year-old could appreciate my requirement of 8 hours).
2. Exercise. Arnold Schwarzenegger exercises 90 minutes a day, six days a week. As Mr. Gallo so effectively put it, “If Schwarzenegger could work out for 90 minutes a day and still find time to run the world’s fifth largest economy, what excuse do I have?” Enough said.
3. Maintain a relentlessly positive outlook. (See Oprah Winfrey, Eckhart Tolle, et al)
I’m signing off now to go running and get some good sleep (sorry, Tivo). And I will LOVE every minute of it! Or at least I’m going to give it a try.