Change 2 - Pick One Physical Activity
Pick one physical activity, and no this can’t be “I will go to the gym”. It has to be “I will lose xx kgs, or I will run 5k every alternate day, within the next 10 weeks. Once you have decided on the activity AND the goal, research it for a few days (no more than 3 days) and then go for it. Choose a reasonably ambitious goal, so no ‘I will walk after dinner’ kind of fluff.
If you already do some serious physical stuff (and make sure its really serious) then you are on track. But remember to keep it regular. Sporadic doesn't count!
Try and set a target that you know you will be able to achieve and plan the time for it.
What is the purpose of this step?
Human body craves comfort. It is the mind or the willpower that makes the difference between winners and ‘also ran and cribbed’. You need to establish a degree of control over your body. If your body will not listen to you, what is the expectation that anyone else will. Remember, if you rely on positional authority to command respect you'll only get reluctant obedience – not respect.
Secondly, the whole challenge of leadership is to be able to operate when under stress. Be able to think clearly when everyone else is flustered. And that is only possible when you have practiced the ability to think under stress and solitude. Which is why I prefer running as the physical activity. You need no equipment, you can do it anywhere, even when you are travelling and it gives you just the right combination of stress, control and thinking time.
Thirdly, as you start crossing a certain age, your body will be the first to let you down. If you don’t have the stamina or simply the physical energy you will feel tired, listless and stop enjoying anything that you do. Get this part fixed. There is no getting around it.