Health in Mind & Body are keys to business health
If you want to be successful, you need to look after your mind and body. You only have 1, and you need them to be fully energized to achieve your goals.
Over the last several months, I’ve been working on building lots of things for my online businesses. And something that’s taken a backseat, is looking after my health.
Truth be told, I’ve not been practicing what I preach.
Since I left my 20 year corporate law career, I’ve been saying to students that you need to look after your health, so that your energy levels are high enough to build your business.
When your energy levels are higher, you’re naturally able to do more, and to stay more positive when obstacles, which are inevitable in any business, come along.
And so, I’ve gotten into the habit of going to the gym first thing in the morning, so as to achieve that.
However, as I’ve gotten into multiple business building mode in the last few months, meetings started happening early in the morning, and going to the gym’s taken a back seat.
I got a stark reminder, when I read an article about Warren Buffet.
He said – If he bought you your dream car – but that’s the only car you could have your entire life – how would you treat it?
You would probably really baby the car, and look after it the best way that you can.
“You have only one mind and one body for the rest of your life… If you aren’t taking care of them… it’s like leaving that car out in hailstorms and letting rust eat away at it. If you don’t take care of your mind and body now… you’ll be like a car that can’t go anywhere.”
And that reminded me of how I first started my online business.
I had set out my goals – I wanted to lose 30 pounds of fat, and I wanted to start making some money that will replace my income.
20 years in a corporate law job caused me to be massively overweight.
I lost the 30 pounds, and then I replaced my income.
The weight loss happened first, and that enabled me to have an energy level that will allow me to build my business.
Weight loss also taught me that I could do anything – even that which I thought was impossible – as long as I stuck to a plan with goals that could be implemented.
Weight loss was about numbers – lowering my calorie intake in achievable steps, monitoring the results, and then repeating what worked until I got to my goals.
Replacing my income was the same thing. Marketing in achievable steps, and then monitoring the results to see what worked, and then repeating that.
Within 6 months I had achieved both goals.
However, it struck me that the weight loss came first.
Now, I’m not saying that you can’t be overweight and run a successful online business. I know lots of overweight people who run successful online businesses, almost in the same proportion as I know fit people who don’t.
I am saying that it is important to look after our health, and maintain an energy level that’s high enough to carry out and execute our goals, whatever those goals might be.
That’s something I speak to students about at least once every few months, and from today, I think I better start practicing what I’m preaching again.
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