It’s election year. This means you will hear two phrases in the media over the next 6 months. They are the terms “flip-flop” and “U-turn”.
The media is exceptionally good at spotting a flip flop or U-turn in the opinion of a candidate. While keeping the politicians ‘honest’ is important, I get concerned when the media portray changing your mind as a bad thing!
Authentically changing your mind is a strength.
Which type of leader would you rather follow?
– A person who is close minded to change.
– Or a man or a woman who authentically considers the evidence, and changes their mind.
For some reason society often frowns upon those who change their minds.
Personally, I’d rather be seen as a flip-flop leader.
Are you prepared to change your mind?
More importantly if you are presented with new evidence or feedback on a belief you hold dearly, would you change your mind?
Changing your mind or beliefs or attitudes is actually far harder than it seems. Far easier to stick with the status quo.
Which is why, great leaders flip-flop!
I’m not sure what caused the epiphany. Maybe it was the brief moment I had sitting in crisp fresh air marveling at the lake and mountains nestled in the Swiss Alps. Perhaps it was processing time from long hours of driving. Or something I was reading, I cannot recall.
But on that day, I knew that I was making a decision that would impact the rest of my life.
So I started.
And I’ve done it every day since.
That was 1301 days ago.
Back in October 2013, I decided to exercise everyday for the rest of my life. Which I am aware sounds way more amazing than it actually is.
So here are my two secrets:
First, because I love freedom, I have a very loose definition of exercise. Exercise for me can be the hard, less fun, stuff like running 10km, or going to the gym. Exercise is also going for a walk with my wife, having a walking meeting with a co-worker, or playing basketball with my son. And on the bad days when time is short or I’ve been sick, exercise might be something as simple as some press ups.
To exercise means “activity carried out to improve your health”.
That’s pretty loose.
So why over complicate it?
My second secret. Doing it every single day. (The only leave pass I will give myself is being in a coma.)
Doing anything daily sounds exhausting, but I actually find it rewarding (particularly given the low expectations I have). Once the habit is established, it is significantly easier than trying to remember to do something X times a week.
And I enjoy it.
So what could you do, every single day?
If you made the rules loose enough?
I’m not disciplined. My life experiences and various psych tests prove that.
I also take a photo everyday. When I did the photo of the day, the first time for a year I found it exhausting because I had a bunch of rules. When I started again on my birthday back in 2013, I decided I had no rules. Just take or get a picture.
SO MUCH EASIER!
I’m not disciplined, but doing 1 thing, intentionally, everyday.
Proves to me, that I can be.
And it could prove it to you to.