Whether you are trying to ditch the chips and cookies from your life, stop impulse purchases on EBay or quit smoking, breaking a habit can seem nearly impossible.
Part of the problem is we rely on willpower and if we fail, we feel weak and disappointed in ourselves. This often leads us to do the very thing we are trying to quit. The other reason we may fail is because we rely too much on our own motivation and let’s face it, what seems like a good enough motivation the night before can leave us feeling distinctly unmotivated when the rubber meets the road the next day!
Missing out on much needed sleep is nothing to yawn about. In fact, a lack of high-quality, restorative sleep can lead to real health risks such as decreased concentration and focus leading to accidents, poor cognition that undermines good decision making. Not getting enough rest can lead to increased risk for heart disease and dementia and can negatively affects insulin levels in the body. The body restores and heals itself during sleep and the brain needs the lower levels of brain wave levels associated with sleep to function properly.
Leaders can be found in every segment of our lives: matriarchs in our families, CEOs leading the organizations we work for and support and social leaders leading change in our communities. However, not all leadership is created equally. Poor leadership can often be glaringly obvious when characterized by traits such as: arrogance, denial, poor communication and disorganization…leading to diminished commitment from the followers, dysfunction and failure. In contrast, strong leadership is characterized by collaboration, honesty, passion, effective communication, and “buy-in” from others.