For the last few weeks I have been reading Essentialism, and I even wrote a post on it. It has challenged me on many levels. The subtitle for McKeown’s book is, “The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.”

Leaders don’t like less. Leaders like more. More projects, more profits, more employees, more opportunities, more teams, more victories, more business, the list goes on… 

In Essentialism there is a chapter entitled, Protect the Asset. It is about the power of sleep in the life of a leader. Many view sleep as a waste of time. Research shows that is a mistake. 

When it comes to protecting your greatest asset – YOU – how are you doing? I’m guessing with so much more to do you find yourself with less time for sleep, exercise, and play.

Unfortunately, we like to tell ourselves we have it under control, but who are we fooling? Only ourselves. 

Ask yourself the following questions to assess your asset.

1. When is the last time I stood on the bathroom scales and weighed my target weight? 

2. When is the last time I went to bed and was asleep before 10:30? 

3. When is the last time I exercised intensely for 30 minutes? 

4. When is the last time I spent an afternoon playing instead of working?

The key word in protecting the asset is protecting. Unless you invest focused effort on being fit to lead, you will struggle. 

I once heard someone say, “If you’re burning the candle at both ends you’re not as bright as you think you are.” 

Slow down … Its time for you to protect the asset. 

Randy

Which of the four questions above needs the most attention in your life?

Author: Randy

Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.