Homework – Life’s Intitial Leadership Practice
While watching both of my children diligently perform their homework one evening, I couldn’t help but conclude that homework provides each of us with our initial leadership practices.
Practice is defined as repeated performance or systematic exercise for the purpose of acquiring skill or proficiency. And as students of life, just as students in school we need to be consistent with our practice to manifest the intended results. One reason ongoing practice is important is because the body of knowledge regarding most any topic is constantly changing and growing – what got us here, won’t get us there.
We need to be aware of and open to new ways of being and in order to internalize these new ways, we must be willing to engage in regular practice.
I define regular as daily and emphasize an integrated approach – which means practicing with the body, mind, spirit, and heart. I suggest a minimum of 90 minutes per day as a good starting point for practice in order to make it an internalized habit. Practices include meditation, yoga, exercise, reading, and spending quality time with key relationships.
So what are you waiting for? The best way to get started is to start.