As each of you know, the one purpose of endorphins is to mask physical pain. It’s a self-made medication prescribed to us from our bodies when we need to kick the pain.
For any of you runners out there, you know the feeling of that second wind – the “runner’s high”. For those of you who work out, you experience it too. That feeling is the shot of endorphins going through your veins to mask the pain. The incentive level to keep pushing harder and work better is caused by that rush of endorphins.
In the Paleolithic era, hunters were able to track game for miles and miles, sometimes running long distances. Knowing that failure to find game would lead to death, the endorphins kept them going.
For those who exercise frequently and have a habit of endorphins, you start to crave those moments and rushes. That’s why some people say, “I just want to go on a run or to the gym.”
We crave the rush.
My challenge for you this week is not to start hitting the gym with your team, although that’s not a bad idea.
A significant way to get endorphins, that isn’t an official form of exertion, is laughter. Endorphins are released to mask emotional pain. Fear and stress are cut off at the knees when endorphins come to the table.
So my leadership challenge for you this week is: look for humor in the stressful situations.
As we discussed last month, this humor should be at nobody’s expense. Few things dissolve stress quicker than a little humor. If you can make a sense of humor a habitual part of your routine, the same work will get done, but the level of stress will be greatly reduced.
Good luck this week, and don’t forget to laugh a little.
The ideas for this post came from a highly suggested read, “Leaders Eat Last”.
Written by Emma Pister and Karl Pister