SOME DAYS YOU WONDER if it’s even worth getting out of bed.

Yes, frustration happens. Customer problems. Employee problems. Inventory screwups. The bank called. That lovely notice from the IRS.

This kind of stuff can send you into a serious tailspin. For weeks.

So how do you get grounded and centered again?

For me, it’s music, prayer, and stepping away from the news. This is where the wisdom of “sleeping on it” can be so therapeutic.

It happened to me the other day, in fact. I barely slept all night, anticipating a particularly stressful meeting. But I tried not to mull over all the anxieties in my mind, because I realized that I’d thought through them enough.

So I calmed down, got centered, and just became present in the meeting. And things worked out super well – my anxieties were overblown.

We all do it, right?

As a leader, your own state of mind is most critical for the functioning of everyone around you. So don’t feel self-absorbed when you work on calming, on centering, on relaxing.

Because when you get back to being your best self, your mind will work better and so will everyone else’s.

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