Every man is his own greatest enemy, and as it were his own executioner. — Sir Thomas Browne
It all came together this week during my daily commute along a fast and busy highway. One of those rare moments when the “university on wheels” curriculum matched what was going on outside of the car. I was listening to Tony Schwartz and Jean Gomes’ book, The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working. They posed a question that grabbed me and caused me to turn off the sound so I could reflect on it. The question was, “Is the life you’re leading worth the price you’re paying to live it?” (The question is on page 26 in the printed version.)
As I traveled in the “slow lane” I noticed cars moving past on my left at high rates of speed. Then I saw a highway patrol officer in front of me, lights flashing. The fast moving cars were about to pay a price for their excessive speed. I silently wondered, “Is the price of a ticket and the hassle of getting it taken care of it worth a few minutes gained?”
As leaders, we want our team members and the people we lead to be healthy so that they can give their best energy for the good of the team. Our followers require the same of us. They want leaders who are healthy and practice good self-care. Rare is the person who will follow an unfit and unhealthy leader.
At the beginning of a new week, it is good to count the cost of the choices we are making. Are we taking care of ourselves so that we can offer our best to the people we lead? Do we have time built into our day to simply enjoy ourselves?
Excessive speed will cost us. Eventually we will slow down.
Can we do it before someone makes us and we have to pay a high price for it?