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How to Stay Mentally Fit

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Listen in to this discussion of how to stay mentally fit using the acronym, FFIT. FFIT stands for Frequent, Focusing, Intentional, and Thinking. In this snippet, ‘Frequent’ is explained as scheduling time to think to insure it becomes it a part of your routine. Learn to be curious and think about your business. To hear about the rest of the acronym, make sure to check out the full podcast episode on Lead to Win’s station page.
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Yeah, so the acronym is fit, but it's spelled a little differently than you think. It's F f I T. And it stands for frequent, focused, intentional thinking. Let's dive right in with that. Let's talk about the frequent part. You mean just scheduled time every Friday to think Or what do you mean by frequent? Yeah, kind of. The faster you're growing the mawr time you've got to dedicate to thinking. And I think this is a hard transition for a lot of leaders because they're used to doing. They measure their productivity, and they measure the contribution by how much time they're spending doing. But as you move up the organization, the more of your time has to be allocated to thinking that's what you're being hired to do is to be able to innovate, to be able to solve problems, to be able to analyze and assess and all those they're thinking skills and certainly could do that in real time and in a reactive ways that comes to you. But I think you've got a really set aside time for for what Cal Newport calls that deep work because the problems that most of us air solving at a higher level. You know, those are things you just can't, you know, solve in a 20 minute conversation with somebody. Those are things that require deep thinking, deep reflection, and sometimes it's a multi day or multi week project. This is hard, though, I think, for leaders and entrepreneurs, because the day to day firefighting you know that you're doing in a high growth business is a very different kind of thinking. It's very fast paced. It's kind of an adrenaline rush. And there's something about kind of going into this space. I hope you're gonna talk about this where you have to kind of learn how to stay there. Yeah, it's difficult, you know? I mean, it really is, ah, challenge of focus to stay with the thinking, because when you're in that place of exhaustion and mental exhaustion, you know you're not really able to innovate, and this is this is tough work. I almost think of it like a deep sea diving. Yeah, you know, like you can snorkel. You could even dive with scuba gear. But the treasurer's sometime on the bottom of the ocean floor, where you gotta put on that heavy gear. And what that means is that when you get down there, you gotta stay down there for a while. You just can't be yanked back up to the surface and expect to get anything done. So once you get down there, you want to stay down there and and the way that I found to do this is to do it frequently. And really, what I mean by that is making it a habit and, if possible, baking into your routine. So I've incorporated this into my morning routine. It's now regular thing where I do this for about an hour every morning. And I'm gonna explain as we go through this my specific process for doing this and why it's really valuable. So this is really timely for me personally is where I'm kind of, you know, standing in for the audience. But But really, because I just came back from parental leave and did, um, you know, some some thinking while I was gone about what was going to be necessary in this next season of my leadership, and this is one of the things that honestly is lacking. I need more time to think regularly for the benefit of the business you dio, and it's got to become ah habit, and I think that's where we can could really help you and people listening to this to bake this into their their routine so that it gets done. This will really give you an edge. You know, if you can learn to be curious, if you can learn to think and dedicate time to thinking this will give your business on edge because too many leaders are reacting. They're not pro acting. They're not spending the time thinking about their business.