Leverage for Growth Podcast

Episode 104: Adapting to Win

Episode Date:Jun 19, 2023

With the early arrival of a new baby, Jesse P. Gilmore shares his personal experience of adapting to unexpected changes and the importance of adaptability in achieving goals. From adjusting fitness routines to rethinking personal growth strategies, maintaining work-life balance, and managing business challenges, Jesse emphasizes the power of adaptability in various aspects of life. Discover how embracing flexibility and being agile can lead to success.

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You are now listening to Leverage for Growth. Hey everybody, this is Jesse P. Gilmore, founder of Niche in Control and creator of Leverage for Growth. Welcome to the Daily Leverage Edition. Today’s topic is this, adapting to win. How an early arrival refined my outlook on goals. Sit back, relax, and welcome to today’s Daily Leverage. Sometimes life has a way of throwing us curve balls. These unexpected events, these sudden changes, can turn our world upside down. My life recently took a turn when my new baby decided to join us two weeks ahead of schedule. I had plans, schedules, and expectations, but they all went out the window. But you know what? This experience got me thinking about the importance of adaptability in achieving our goals. So let’s think about body first. Let’s start with our physical selves. The change in schedule with a newborn forced me to adapt My fitness routine, reminding me that a successful fitness journey is about flexibility, not rigidity. I have given myself more grace and not beaten myself up for not being awake at 4.45 a.m. to do my morning routine. I am also giving myself time to take afternoon naps and focus on longevity rather than short-term gains. And this aligns with the study of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. suggesting that varied exercise routines can actually improve our overall physical fitness. It is a testament to the power of adaptability. What about being? The arrival of my baby also pushed me to rethink how I accomplished my personal growth goals. One week I’m preparing for parenthood, or for the third time, and the next I’m in the throes of it. I took a week off from normal work, and, but I kept the… the meeting with my book launch partner and focusing on setting them up for success. On weeks off especially, I must rely on others to help me achieve my goals. Harvard Business Review highlighted how adaptability in personal goals leads towards greater success. This concept known as adaptive performance rang true to me as I navigate these early days of being a father for the third time. And what about balance? When your child arrives ahead of schedule, your well-crafted balance between work and life is on a teeter. On the week off of work, I have slowed down and focused on my kids and my family. Getting them used to a new routine and helping them adjust to the changes. I have had to adjust my own expectations as well. Just as a study from the American Psychological Association suggests, those who adapt to life changes maintain better work-life balance. There’s nothing like a new baby to put that theory to a test. And what about business? Despite the upheaval at home, my business had to keep on running. I found my ability to adapt quickly was really crucial and critical to keeping things on track. I had to plan and delegate the rescheduling of 20 new business meetings, along with multiple other tasks that I had planned to do for the week. A report by McKinsey mirrors this sentiment. stating that agile businesses, that there’s, you know, those that adapt quickly to changes are more successful. And this principle was no longer just a business strategy, it had become my personal motto. So what doesn’t early arrival teach us about life and goal achievement? It’s all about adaptability and flexibility. Whether it’s for our body, for our personal growth, for our work-life balance or our businesses. Adjusting our sails to meet the winds of change is vital. Remember, life does not always go as planned, and it’s not about following a rigid path, but about moving forward, even when our path takes an unexpected turn. So now it’s time for the daily leverage. So where in your world, whether in your life or business, have you been holding yourself to a rigid structure when you need to be more agile? Is it in your life with your health and body? Is in your life with your spirituality or self-direction? Is in your relationships with your spouse, partner, or kids? Is in your business, finances, or team? And once you have located where you’ve been rigid and you need to change, my question to you is this, what are you willing and able to do about it today? That is the end of the Daily Leverage. This is Jesse P. Gilmore. You’ve been listening to the Leverage for Growth podcast. If you’re enjoying these Daily Leverage and agency leverage episodes, make sure to subscribe on Apple or Spotify now.