There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up. – John Holmes
When your morale needs a boost, what makes you feel better? Hopefully you know at least one individual who helps you feel better when your spirits are lagging. That go-to person who always helps clear away the clouds and leaves you feeling inspired. Whenever they help you, they receive a boost too. The act of helping others actually makes you feel better and the more you help to build morale, typically the more you will want to build morale. You can call that a win-win.
Consider morale-building a type of mental and emotional exercise. The more you do it, the stronger you will become. As the opening quote says, this is good for your heart. Perhaps not your heart as a muscle; but definitely your heart as in your spirit. Although when your morale is high, your stress is low and THAT is better for your physical and your mental health.
What does your exercise plan involve this week? Will you take a yoga class or do some Pilates? Have a trainer help you with some weight training? I hope you do have time to take a walk or go to the gym or go for a run. Physical activity helps you clear your mind, release stress and reconnect with creativity.
Be sure to include another form of heart-healthy activity. The type that involves helping others. YOU have the ability to reach your hand out to others and lift them up. It is good for them, and it is good for you. The opportunity for you to do this type of lifting is all around you.
- Lift up a colleague who has a career setback or disappointment.
- Lift up that team that works non-stop to meet an impossible deadline.
- Lift up morale when layoffs or cutbacks are announced.
- Lift up morale when a favorite colleague leaves the team or the company.
- Lift up morale when “Murphy’s Law” strikes and everything that can go wrong does go wrong.
- Lift up morale when a presentation goes poorly, or a prototype is rejected.
These are just a few of the scenarios where you can lift people up. Anytime morale is down, YOU lift people up. They will feel better and so will you!
Being a leader is about mind, body, and spirit. And as one of my teachers frequently reminds me, you cannot give what you do not have. Build your morale and build your strength. Do not continuously put aside caring for your own mind, body, and spirit for others. Do include encouraging and uplifting others as part of your plan. When you do, everybody benefits.