I’ve been doing a lot of taking about my journey lately. It’s important to make that connection so you know a little more about me & kind of have an understanding of where I’m starting from. But now let’s chat a bit about the effects of your health on business. You have a business. You work very hard to get to the highest levels of your field that you can. You keep late hours & get up early to get started again the next day. No time for meals, you just “grab whatever” to make the hunger pains quit annoying you so you can focus on your business. But wait! You notice after awhile your energy is seriously flagging. You (grudgingly) take a day off to recharge. Back at it again the next day, you notice you’re still tired. Oh! And didn’t the pants you’re wearing used to fit better? Boy, you must just be experiencing the effects of aging because you’re starting to feel a few aches & pains in places you weren’t quite prepared for. After a year or more of this decline you start thinking maybe your body is breaking down; you blame genetics or the aging process or pollution or…. You fear you’ll have to close up shop, sell the business & retire earler than you’d planned.
The bad news? You’re body is indeed breaking down. The good news? It’s not genetics or pollution or aging so much as poor diet & lack of exercise that’s doing the dirty work. Yes, you may be genetically predisposed to such things as arthritis, diabetes or heart trouble but a favorite saying of mine is “genotype does not equal phenotype.” That’s just a fancy $50 way of saying just because you’re genetically predisposed to a certain condition doesn’t mean you have to develop that condition. The even better news is if you do develop them they can often be alleviated or completely reversed by following an all or high raw, plant-based diet & getting your body moving in whatever ways it can – gently at first then more vigorously as you develop more strength, stamina & flexibility.
So what does all this have to do with your business? What if all you’re really interested in is taking your business to the next level, diet & exercise be damned? Well, by attending to keeping yourself healthy through proper diet & exercise you’re actually taking care of the SOURCE of your business: YOU! Correct me if I’m wrong but the last time I checked, in order to build a business you actually have to be present, yes? Taking care of your health here & now is extra insurance against that not being the case. By fueling your body properly you’ll have loads of energy & mental clarity to plot & execute your next best moves, see where the pitfalls may be & how to avoid them & even recognize good advice from bad. If that doesn’t help you tremendously to get to the next level of business nothing will! Sure, you can bulldoze your way through for awhile but eventually your habits will out you & though you may well end up at the top of your field, you certainly won’t be at the top of your game. Treat yourself as well as you treat your business & you’ll both flourish.