You complain that you cannot exercise because you have too many things to do. Well, for these three business and political leaders it is exactly the opposite – it is precisely because they have so much to do that they always ensure to exercise.
There is much that you can learn from the experiences of these three leaders, especially as you decide to give fitness a more permanent place in your life.
But first…Why Good Examples Matter
In cultivating your fitness plan for life you will need to:
1. Ensure you invest primarily in things that have already worked for others. You do not want to waste your time, energy or money investing in meaningless and even dangerous pursuits. When you are strapped for time, it will help to remember that what you are doing is worthwhile.
2. Consider the practical effects of fitness for real people. It is one thing to read about the benefits of exercise, and another completely different thing to hear a person you know, and respect say “I exercise because it makes me think clearer,” or so forth.
3. Examine what a commitment to fitness looks like. Commitment means you will not just exercise “regularly” (often) but “consistently” (which means regularly but with some disciple). Second, commitment means your passion should lasting over the years as you age and get even busier.
3 Successful People to Consider:
In his 1995 autobiography, “Dreams From My Father,” Obama said he was a casual drug user and an underachiever until he decided to start running three miles each day. He stopped staying out late, fasted on Sundays and became a voracious reader, spending most of his time alone in his apartment reading classic literature and philosophical texts. -Washington Post.
Obama says he was almost immediately transformed. As a result he has maintained his commitment from the time he was a 22-year-old student at Columbia University in New York.
Physical fitness yielded mental fitness, Obama decided, and the two concepts have been married in his mind ever since. (2)
Even during the most intense periods of campaigning when his scheduled was stripped down to the barest minimum, Obama made sure to exercise for about 90 minutes a day, almost every day.
Condoleezza Rice, is known for being the first female African American to serve as United States Secretary of State. She is also known for her commitment to fitness.
No matter where she is in the world, Rice gets up at 4:30 a.m. to get in at least 40 minutes of cardio exercise each day — often on a treadmill or elliptical trainer. - MSNBC
I remember being absolutely amazed by that sentence when it was published in 2006. Rice explained that though she may not always feel motivated to work out, it is critical to starting her day right.
“Part of the secret of travelling well is continuing your routine,” she said. “So when I’m on the road I absolutely schedule time to get up in the morning and exercise first.” (2)
Branson has been quoted on the web, and most prominently, in the 4 Hour Body by Tim Ferris, as saying that exercise is the number one thing he does to increase his productivity.
In the video below, Branson goes as far as saying that he can achieve “twice as much in a day by keeping fit.”
The amazing thing about this post is that I had to limit the number of people I mentioned.
Have the commitment of these leaders inspired you in any way? Please Let me know what you think.