Have you ever noticed that successful business men and women participate in sports? Thousands of business-minded individuals take to their favorite extracurricular activity on a regular basis, however, it’s not always purely for the exercise. While there’s no sane person on Earth that would dispute the health benefits of exercise, corporate leaders get a lot more out of sports than a day of fresh air.

All sports require a certain amount of dedication, much like a business. Since very few people are experts on their first day, participating in sports gives them the opportunity to learn new skills and apply themselves in ways they may not have taken advantage of before. These newly learned skills can then be applied to their personal lives as well as to their companies. One excellent example of a sport that will certainly help with business skills is kitesurfing.

Since leadership is about individual abilities – how your individual skills are applied to management situations with employees — kitesurfing is also a very individual sport, where your leadership abilities and mental skills are constantly tested. When you’re out on the open water and you mentally disengage for even a moment, you may suddenly find yourself diverting in a direction you had not planned on. The consequence is quick mind thinking to correct your error and put you back on track before disaster strikes, which could be a painful wipeout.

One of the primary skills to kitesurfing is control. Much like leading a company, you need to be competent. This level of competency runs into all areas of the sport. Kitesurfing is about being able to control and fly the kite. Since millions of people around the world admit they do not always feel in control of their lives, kitesurfing is one way to exercise this skill and learn to take control.

Once kitesurfers have learned to master control, then are then given another task to master, which is the board. Being introduced to the board means the pilot, which is you, must learn to initiate the right amount of power at the right time in order to be pulled along the water’s surface. Similar to running a successful corporation, once one task is mastered, you can then add to your challenges, building on your company as you grow.

Learning to display control through your personal power or strengths means being able to always fly your kite in the correct zone to continually move in the direction of your choice. These are what surfers refer to as the basics of kitesurfing – learning the skills to master the kite and board before taking on additional challenges such as jumping waves.

You can easily see now how newly learned kitesurfing skills can be beneficial when administered in the business world. Being in the correct zone and utilizing your natural strengths while having fun is like a happiness fuel that will take you a long way to building that successful business.

Article Author: Smiljan Mori is the founder of MindOver™ Network, Brilliant solutions for Performance, Motivation and Happiness. He is also the creator of Financial Independence Academy TM , the Kitepreneur NetworkTM and Kitepreneur Business Success AcademyTM. He has literally created a successful business and coaching empire from scratch and is a best-selling author and motivational speaker who brings unparalleled professional experience and the latest scientific research from neuroscience and positive psychology to audiences around the globe. He has shown more than 150,000 people from 50 countries how to change their lives for the better.

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