Embracing InnerWealth: Self-Leadership for True Leadership

Well, good morning, good afternoon, wherever you are. This is Chris down here on the beach, and what a day it is today. The sun’s out, and it’s 17 degrees—absolutely magic down here. I’ve come to share some thoughts and updates with you. For those of you in the coaching program, I hope you’ve received your copy of the 2024-25 training materials. I’ve put together 25 topics we’ll cover over the next 12 months through special videos and private podcasts.

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Innerwealth REAL Self-Leadership Training Overview

A 12-Month Plan for Success

Having a 12-month plan allows you to look ahead and assess yourself with the checklists provided. This structure will greatly enhance our educational journey within the coaching program. My website has also advanced, incorporating a bit of AI to serve you better. Remember, the most powerful motivation for coaching is often to make the world a better place by being a better leader and caring for others more effectively.

The Core of InnerWealth

The essence of InnerWealth is simple: you can’t help others if you can’t help yourself. This is the foundation of self-leadership, an integral part of true leadership. If your personal life is in disarray, trying to develop your business skills is futile. You need to be whole and authentic. Compartmentalising life leads to problems, such as divorce, because it creates a disconnect between different parts of your life.

Balancing Work and Home

People often push themselves hard at work and expect to relax completely at home, which is unfair to those at home. They deserve a fully functional human being, not a half-cooked one. The promise of InnerWealth is that if you get it right—manage your emotions, stay fit, and do the right thing by yourself—you’ll come home with more energy than you left with in the morning, except in highly demanding jobs like concrete cutting or first response work.

The Importance of Debrief and Closure

Learning the skill of debriefing and closure is crucial. Let go and close off a day 100% before you walk in the front door. Waiting until you walk in the door is selfish and typically ineffective. It becomes harder to maintain this routine as winter approaches, but it’s still necessary to force yourself to engage with nature, even briefly, each day.

Staying Connected with Nature

Regardless of the weather, it’s vital to step outside, feel the earth beneath your feet, and experience a bit of nature. Avoid falling into the unhealthy routine of moving from house to car to office and back. Staying connected with nature is key to maintaining sustainable energy and health.

Embracing Reality

One core principle of InnerWealth is staying real. Being real means grounding yourself in the laws of nature, making life more transparent and less emotionally distorted. It’s about acknowledging that there’s a set of principles that, if followed, reveal the real world.

Managing Energy

Energy management is crucial and involves four components: building it, storing it, stopping its loss, and directing it. Building energy involves daily practices like gratitude, presence, certainty, and love, as well as proper diet and exercise. Stopping the loss of energy means reducing fidgeting, anxiety, and activities that drain you unnecessarily.

Cultivating a Positive Attitude

Attitude is everything. We can’t control many things in life, but we can control our thoughts. Mastering your attitude means controlling your thoughts and ensuring that your attitude aligns with your goals. An attitude of gratitude is essential, and avoiding “attitude sickness” can make a significant difference in your personal and professional life.

Balancing the Seven Areas of Life

The final component of REEL—Reality, Energy, Attitude, Life—focuses on life

Balancing Work and Home (continued)

…exhausting for both sides. This imbalance leads to various problems because the people at home deserve a fully functional human being, not a half-cooked one. One of the promises I make in InnerWealth is that if you learn how to be real, manage your emotions, and deal with your stuff at work while staying fit and healthy, you’ll always come home with more energy than you went to work within the morning.

Of course, there are exceptions, such as concrete cutters or first responders, who may come home with less energy due to their jobs’ physical or emotional demands. However, they can still come home with a better headspace if they practice proper debriefing and closure techniques.

The Importance of Debriefing and Closure

We often neglect the essential skill of debriefing and closure. As leaders and human beings, learning to let go, release, debrief, and close off a day before walking through the front door is crucial. Waiting until you get home to debrief can be selfish and ineffective. It’s particularly challenging during winter when the afternoons get darker and colder. However, pushing through and maintaining this practice for our well-being is essential.

Staying Connected to Nature

Regardless of the season, stepping outside and connecting with nature is vital, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Avoid falling into the trap of going from house to car to office and back without experiencing the outdoors. This routine is unsustainable and unhealthy. Embracing nature, even briefly, can significantly impact our energy and well-being.

The Concept of Being Real

The idea of being real is central to InnerWealth. It involves embracing reality, energy, attitude, and life (R.E.A.L.). Reality refers to understanding and living by the laws of nature. Energy involves building, storing, stopping the loss of, and directing energy. Attitude is about being the master of your thoughts and maintaining an attitude of gratitude. Life encompasses the seven areas of life: relationships, health, mental, social, spiritual, career, and financial.

Building a Reserve in All Areas of Life

We must ensure we never skate on thin ice in our lives. This means having a financial cushion of at least three to six months of living expenses. In relationships, we should routinely invest in our partners, ensuring a reservoir of goodwill. Health-wise, we should exercise to stay fit and build a reserve of fitness and health. Spiritually, we should take time to enjoy life and reconnect with its beauty, building a spiritual reserve.

Final Thoughts

Maintaining balance and reserves in all areas of life is crucial for sustained well-being and effective leadership. By doing so, we create a thick layer of protection between ourselves and potential disasters, ensuring we can handle whatever comes our way.

This is Chris, have a great day. Bye for now.

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