A senior EHS professional told me a couple weeks ago, “I’ve spent the last 18 years reacting on a daily basis.”

The pace of an EHS career can feel frantic, urgent, and unstructured. And that describes the first ten minutes. After that it gets worse.

We’re not alone. Presidents, inventors, writers, and actors feel similar pressure.

The most successful make room for daily practices; inviolable rituals which strengthen, sustain, and inspire.

  • Theodore Roosevelt read every day. As the U.S. president, he averaged one book a day.
  • Oprah Winfrey and Russell Simmons meditate daily.
  • Gretchen Rubin, author of “The Happiness Project”, says her rule is “get enough sleep.” In her research, Rubin found the top two reasons for bad moods at work: Tight deadlines and lack of sleep.
  • Fred Rogers, of “Mr. Rogers” fame, awoke at 5:30 a.m. every morning for reading, writing, and prayer. In bed by 9:30 p.m., he maintained a healthy weight of 143 lbs and inspired millions of young viewers.
  • Ernest Hemingway would honor an internal commitment to write at sunrise.

If life of late seems hectic and anxious, consider a few inviolable practices to bring order to the chaos.


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