Leaders face daily pressures to perform, solve problems and handle conflict with composure.
Your customers want annual price reductions and better service. Your employees want raises. And the Board (aka, your boss) wonders why you can’t increase the budget by 15% every year.
On top of all that, your wife is calling because the dog chewed the couch, your son peed on the carpet again and the next door neighbor ran over your mailbox with his car.
How are you supposed to handle it all?
Leading people is never easy work, but we can improve our chances for success by what we feed ourselves in the morning.
Start Your Day Off Right
It’s likely that somewhere along the way someone in your life told you breakfast is the most important meal of the day. There are many debates over whether the “most important” part is fact or myth, but nearly all health experts agree that having a quality breakfast is better than not.
On average, people who eat breakfast are physically healthier, thinner and have better overall habits. They have more energy, higher metabolism, and make healthier dietary choices throughout the day.
In other words, breakfast is the fuel for a higher performing body.
In the same way, leaders might want to consider their morning diets.
What are we feeding ourselves each morning to prepare us emotionally and mentally for the challenges we will face each day? Who do we allow to speak to us?
Here are four reasons leaders should rethink their “leadership breakfast”:
Breakfast eaters are thinner and healthier than breakfast skippers.
Leaders who take in positive information and lessons each day are in better shape to lead themselves and others. Leaders who are on a steady diet of learning new information are better performers. Constant learning keeps us sharp and in tune with what is important. It helps us affirm our values, can provide new ideas for solving problems and can better equip us to adapt to a constantly changing environment.
Eating breakfast can improve metabolism throughout the day.
If you start your day off with positive reading or leadership guidance, you will more able to digest the day’s problems. Your mind and heart will be prepared to handle the diverse challenges faced each day. It can clear your thinking and help you focus so you’ll move more efficiently through the day.
Breakfast is the easiest meal to prepare and control and leads to healthier eating throughout the day.
The rest of day is hectic and full of interruptions, so why not start off right? Why not make sure that your brain is getting some quality in the morning because it may not come the rest of the day. If you control the quality you ingest in the morning, you’ll be more likely to treat problems with a better attitude the rest of the day.
4. Quality Matters
What you eat for breakfast is more important than the eating itself.
What can you do in the morning to help make you a better leader? I was listening to this podcast the other day and the guest cited the statistic that 60% of social media users (which is likely you, since you probably have a smart phone) look at Facebook as soon as they open their eyes in the morning. I don’t have a problem with Facebook, but it probably isn’t the best way to start your day. Start with something to help you be more positive, constructive and a better leader of people.
Just as breakfast doesn’t have to be a big production, your morning leadership routine doesn’t have to be complicated or lengthy either. The important part is to recognize you already have a routine and then to re-engineer it to meet your needs.
The job of a leader is tough enough. We might as well improve our chances of success by starting our day of right.
Question: What’s your idea of a breakfast of champions for leaders?