The Stamina Of Clinton Or Trump?
The Stamina of Clinton Or Trump
There have been lot of comments made by presidential candidate Donald Trump triggering a lot of media attention and public debates recently. Not the most notorious comment, but still one that made me pause in the work I was doing. Donald Trump questioned whether Hillary Clinton had enough stamina to be president of the United States of America.
Traditional job requirements for this most senior role in the US would most likely be experience and political skills, however with both candidates seemingly severely discredited with the American voters at the moment, it might seem fitting that stamina is the new main criteria for the role.
Not a totally new concept at all. One of the traits that is often attributed to truly successful people is the ability to persevere. They have the stamina to work through failures and challenges in order to move forward. In a fast moving work environment you have to be willing to work through the things that you encounter everyday in order to remain standing.
Most people would argue that in our current environment with organisations cutting back their staffing numbers, increasing global competition, the need to re-invent and innovate has our workloads reeling to never ending high stress levels and challenges.
So perhaps examining your status quo in stamina is well timed. Getting tired just thinking about it? Not to worry, advice to increase your stamina has stayed pretty consistent and chances are you know what to do:
– Eat well and regularly. Don’t try to impress the boss by skipping your lunch. Take a healthy snack and take a little breather to enjoy it: your output in the afternoon will be higher quality and more consistent.
– Exercise. With me that is the first thing to drop off the list when I am too busy. However even a brisk walk can help get your body’s endorphins kicking in. Not just helping you to shake that sluggish feeling, but your ideas will be much sharper as well.
– Sleep well. Find the ideal number of hours of sleep (when do you wake up rested?) and stick to it. No phones or tablets for at least 30 minutes before going to bed (old fashioned books can do the trick). Waking up at night (thinking about work maybe?), leave your phone off. Checking your screen even for a minute or two will significantly decline the quality of the rest of your sleep.
– Take you moments of “nothing”. Now I am not into meditation, no disrespect to it, but I just never got the hang of it. But your brain does need a rest now and then. No stimulants, no worries, just you time. Even it is it just 10 minutes with a hot drink on the sofa doing absolute nothing, it is great. No, watching TV is not a relevant compromise, your brain needs to recoup fully in order to spark wildly to service your ambitions.
How do you know whether this has any impact at all? You will notice and so does your environment. We all measure and define stamina in a different way, but we somehow do recognise when it is high (or low) in the person next to us.
For Hilary, her extensive foreign travel proved her stamina, for Donald he feels it is his winning composition. For you it might mean any given thing, and it is up to you to keep it high.
Need some help keeping your stamina up in your current career or your organisation needs some more endurance? Contact us and let’s have a talk.
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