As entrepreneurs we are often so focused on building our business, marketing our products and maybe our own personal development, that we neglect to think about our personal health and well being. But what is the point in creating a successful business, if in the process we have neglected our health and we are not in a position to enjoy the fruits of our labour?
I’m currently reading a recently published book called “Think And Grow Rich Cashflow”, by Stuart Zadel. This is essentially a compilation of 7 chapters written by 7 of the highest paid entrepreneurs in the world, covering a variety of subjects. I’m still working my way through the book, but one of the chapters that has caught my attention is written by Paul Blackburn on “The Money Mindset”.
- “If there was a tablet you could take three times a day that would cause you to wake up with an energised and excited attitude, would you take it?”
- “Would you still swallow it if it guaranteed to free you from or prevent diabetes?”
- “Would you insist your kids took this tablet, knowing it would reduce the onset of many diseases by 80%?”
- “If this tablet also increased your lifespan by 30 to 50 years over those without access to it, would you take it regularly?”
- ” How would you feel if this tablet increased your intelligence by 10% over a 20 year period?”
- ” And if it prevented the onset of Alzheimer’s, most degenerative diseases and increased memory capacity, could you force yourself to get it down your throat?”
You get the picture…..Well, as Paul Blackburn points out, this tablet does exist, albeit you’ll have to make it yourself. The drug companies keep it secret, because there is more profit in pedalling cures, so it’s up to us to take matters into our own hands and take responsibility for our own well being. All it takes is a little knowledge, willpower and determination. It is said that this generation of children is the first ever whose life expectancy is shorter than that of their parents…..these are sobering thoughts!
So here are 4 simple steps that we can take to enjoy better health in the long term, as suggested by Paul Blackburn and with my own ‘two-penneth’ thrown in…
- Treat your body with respect and like the temple it is. It will thank you by allowing you to stay on this planet a little longer.
- Exercise regularly: this is not optional….it might take a little effort to find some exercise that is enjoyable, but you don’t have to push yourself to the limit to stay healthy. Just moving more in everyday life will help. If you don’t like the gym, think of how long it would take to go to the gym and devote that time to some other form of movement, such as walking to the shops instead of driving, or doing some gardening. And don’t forget the simple things, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator, or going for a walk instead of watching tv for half an hour after dinner.
- Eat nourishing food: this is also non-negotiable. Feed your body what it needs. If we put the wrong type of petrol in our car, it simply won’t go….our bodies are no different! Stick to fresh, non processed foods and watch your intake of sugar, saturated fats and salt. Read the label. If it reads like a science project, leave it on the shelf, and that often includes “low- fat” foods. My rule of thumb is, if it contains more than 5 ingredients or I don’t know what any of the ingredients are, I don’t buy it. Eat more vegetables and reduce portion sizes……This subject is a book in it’s own right and there is indeed a great book called In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollen, which I highly recommend everyone read.
- Rest: Getting enough sleep is vital to our health. Some people need more than others, so work out how much sleep you need and make sure you get it. But perhaps more importantly, find activities that will refresh and revitalise you and build them into your daily routine. It might be taking the dog for a walk, doing a crossword, meditating or yoga or getting up for a beautiful sunrise. The old saying, “I haven’t got time…” may well come back to haunt you, because you may end up making time, whether you like it or not, through an involuntary visit to the hospital. So you do have time…..you just refuse to make some tough calls.
There are many people who say that a healthy lifestyle makes no difference them. But we have to remember that our health is not a good indicator of what we are doing today. Instead, our current state of health is a reflection of what we have done on a cumulative basis over time. Our bodies can take an enormous amount of punishment in the short term, but over time we will start to pay the price.
As internet marketers we often talk about the “ninety/ten rule”. That is to say, give value 90% of the time and take 10% of the time. We can apply this same rule to our health. Look after yourself 90% of the time, and treat yourself to those things you just can’t live without 10% of the time and you will not only reap the benefits of a longer, healthier life , but also have the energy and brain capacity to take your business to new highs.
At the end of the day, our attitude towards our own health is an important aspect of the “Money Mindset” that we often neglect. What steps are you taking to address this in your own business?