By now you all know consistency is one of the keys to being a good leader, manager, supervisor, boss, or parent. If you don’t know why here is one reason. Say you lead a team of ten people. You are unpredictable enough for your team to spend ten percent of their time wondering how you are going to react. You have lost effectiveness equal to one full time employee. Your inconsistent behavior wasted the equivalent of one employee. You do the math. Leaders need to be able to do simple math.
So, how do I monitor my consistency or predictability and how do I stay on an even keel?
Monitor yourself. Do a mood check. Pay attention to yourself. Are you tired? Are you patient? Are you upset? Are you in love with life? Is the world a joyful place or full of evil? Pay attention to the physical manifestations of mood. Is your jaw clenched or relaxed? Is your neck sore? Is your stomach grumbling or burning with stomach acid? Diarrhea? Lower back pain? Shallow breathing? Trouble sleeping? Are people avoiding you? Do people you don’t even know get confrontational with you? Or, are you whistling while you work? Is there a spring in your step? Do you stop to play jump rope with the neighborhood kids on the way to work? Do strange dogs run up to you and ask to be petted? Do cats rub against your leg? Do birds land on your outstretched hands?
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2. Monitor External Triggers
Check to see if these moods coincide with sleep or exercise or talking to specific people or doing certain tasks. Keep track of your mood and things that happen before your mood.
A. Are you eating often enough and eating good quality food? Food is fuel. Humans in their natural state eat small meals often. There is a very old saying to teach us how to eat, “ Breakfast like a King, lunch like a Prince and dinner like a pauper.” This keeps your body from going into famine mode early in the day, helps regulate blood sugar and promotes good sleep.
Bodybuilders, when not starving for a contest, but near maintenance weight, are good models for eating behaviors. Bodybuilders getting ready for a contest are insane. A little protein early in the morning will take away many of the cravings you have for unhealthy food and help regulate blood sugar. Bulky foods, high in fiber, will help scrub cholesterol out of your system and keep your mouth too busy to put donuts or your foot in it.
Activity Triggers/ Action Items.
1. Be aware of how valuable it is to be consistent and predictable and what it costs when you are not consistent and predictable.
2. Monitor yourself
3. Pay attention to what you do to maintain your body