I listen to a variety of podcasts of all different genres. One of them I listen to is about fatherhood and relationship building with your spouse. I heard something during one episode that really resonated with me. It was about the components of a date with a loved one or partner. They stated that dates should include intimate conversation, shared participation, and components of adrenaline-producing activities. I reflected on that and many dates involve a meal, maybe a movie, etc. but not always an adrenaline-producing activity. So I decided to try it out. I took my wife out to dinner, but we also went to an indoor skydiving place which was incredible. We had so much fun and it produced exactly the adrenaline result that I was looking for.
I think about this mindset in my professional life as well. What are the activities that I participate in that are adrenaline-producing? If we are always in the routine of our jobs and lives, then we don’t step out of that well-known box. Do we become dulled by it all?
Do we not improve ourselves because we are preparing for this adrenaline-producing activity? I was exceptionally nervous before I gave my first workshop, my first keynote speech, and right before I hit submit on my first book. I had not done these activities before, and while they certainly are adrenaline-producing, they also helped to improve my overall performance in several areas, including my role as a school leader.
After I complete a professional development workshop, I am a better leader in the next days of my job because I was at a high-level interacting with others, inspiring others, and looking to do a great job in my presentation.
As I write this, I challenge you to find that activity in your life, whether professional or personal, that will allow you to step outside of your comfort zone and participate in an adrenaline-inducing activity that could help others. Whether it’s a talk, a workshop, a video blog, or something different, try it out! Work at it, think about it, practice it on others, and more. We all have gifts and talents that can enrich the lives of others. Don’t be afraid to use them! If I can help you in any way don’t hesitate to reach out at @andrewmarotta21 on Twitter. Keep rolling friends!
#LeadershipSparks: What Is Calling You?
Quote: “Whatever you are, be a good one.” —Abraham Lincoln
Andrew is so excited to share the release of his newest book, Tales from the Hardwood.