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Leadership Lessons from Wimbledon, Part 2

tennis-ball_netThis is continuation of the first installment of leadership lessons.  Successful athletes and leaders are self-disciplined.  They say “No” to many things, because they have a burning “Yes” to reach their goals.  Here are three tips for improving your leadership.

Nutrition – If you have noticed, elite athletes are not fat. Top performers are very intentional about their diet. They understand that performance is affected by nutrition. It’s not just matching intake with expenditure, it is eating the right kind of foods that build and repair the body. Food is the fuel that provides energy. One of the characteristics of effective leaders is they are highly energetic. If you want to go the distance as a leader, be intentional about what you take into your body.  This principle is not only true of the physical realm, but also of the spiritual realm.  What we read, watch, and listen to affects us. Who we socialize with can energize us or drain us emotionally.

Mental Preparation – Novak Djokovic was ranked number 3 and plateaued behind Nadal and Federal until 2011 when his game took a turning point. Commentators and his coaches attribute Djokovic’s improvements to mental preparation. Some players prepare for their matches by listening to music or inspiration messages on their headphones. Djokovic practices 15 minutes a day of mindful meditation. This practice clears his mind of anxiety and focus on the present. Neuroscience is now showing the positive effects of meditation. The faithful have practiced meditation for thousands of years. Joshua wrote, “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.” (Joshua 1:8) King David, wrote, “On the glorious splendor of your majesty and on your wonderful works, I will meditate.” (Ps. 145:5) Christians have practiced many forms of biblical meditation. If you want to take your leadership to the next level, discover what meditative practices help you to live in the present and in the presence of God.

Coaches.  Even the best of the best have coaches. Commentators discuss how a change in coaches, helped a certain athlete. No coach is good at every aspect of the game, so athletes will change coaches from time to time to help them grow in areas where they are weak. Students at Rockbridge are expected to have coaches/mentors that help them accomplish their learning objectives and improve their ministry skills. These practitioners help students elevate their leadership game. Who are your coaches? Do you need a new coach to help you strengthen your leadership?

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