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Leading Past Negativity with Cynthia Bazin

November 16, 2014

Are you in a rut lately?  

Are there issues in your life preventing you from taking care of yourself?  

Today’s show is all about getting out of a rut by taking care of ourselves, and doing it AT the gym! 

Leadership expert and founder of SmartChic, Cynthia Bazin, joined us on #HealthyLeadership to explore how starting a fitness program is the perfect way to deal with difficult situations that may be affecting us in life.   

Checkout the interview at the end of this post!

Cynthia actually encourages all her clients to start a workout routine no matter what challenge they are facing in life.  She explained that we typically stop taking care of ourselves when we are in crisis. So, our first priority is to start taking care of ourselves, and that starts with our fitness.  

On the Fitness Minute

This week I focused the Fitness Minute on something called our Negativity Bias, a psychologically proven fact stating that we will tend to focus on the negative instead of identifying the opportunities that may be right in front of us. 

The gym is a perfect place to work on the quality of our leadership and negativity is a factor that can definitely affect us in the gym and prevent us from achieving our fitness goals.  We have a great opportunity to lead ourselves past our negative tendencies by being intentional about believing in ourselves, leveraging our strengths and always reaching beyond our comfort zones. 

Time and time again, I see successful people at the gym being intentional about their belief in themselves, always playing to their strengths and going outside their comfort zones to improve on their weaknesses.  

This is great leadership advice for ANY situation, either at home, work or at the gym! 

Watch out for those Critical Voices!

Cynthia and I also talked about how to deal with the critical voices that may come from others in an attempt to put us down and deter us from going after our dreams.  

We need to make sure that we don’t let negativity from any source, internal or external, deter us from pursuing our plans.  Easy to say, very difficult to do…

Until next time, I leave you with two questions to ponder:

Are you a good leader?  And how do you know?

Self-reflection can be painful but as they say, no pain no gain.  

Checkout the podcast below!