“Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free.” – Rumi
I recently jumped with both feet into entrepreneurship and it’s been an exhilarating ride so far. The growth and learning curves are exponential and I’m excited for the opportunities and unknowns each new day brings. Like all new entrepreneurs, I find myself working an insane number of hours.
Many of these hours are spent on extroverted activities which deplete my energy. As an introvert by nature, it’s critical to restore my energy levels so I can continue to perform at a high level. But discovering what helps me recharge has been a challenging journey requiring awareness, introspection, reflection and practice.
After much trial and error, I have learned that activities which put me in flow – Mihály Csíkszentmihályi’s magical state where time seems suspended and I’m completely focused yet lost in the present moment – fully recharge my battery. As a competitive ballroom dancer, the hours spent practicing, learning, listening to music, performing and competing put me in flow. Afterwards I find I am highly productive, creative, refreshed, energized and happy – results which research on positive psychology affirms.
For those interested in unique leadership development opportunities, I offer ballroom dance workshops focused on enhancing leadership mindset, behavior and impact.
As a leader, how do you recognize when you need to recharge your personal battery?
Which arts activities could you explore to discover your flow state?
What do Beethoven, Picasso, and Baryshnikov actually have in common? The first person to email me with the correct answer will get a free copy of my upcoming 2020 book “Unleash Your Leadership Potential: The Secret Power of Relationships”