I’m pretty sure you are always looking for a way to get ahead in your career and business. You might try reading different books on business and success, go to as many seminars and conferences as you can or look to others for inspiration and motivation.
These are definitely all great things that you should be doing but you do have a natural career and success boost available to you right now and it starts with your health.
Let me show you 3 ways how improving your health and fitness can help improve your success:
1. Improve your fitness & you improve your brain power
Unlike Kim Kardashian, when it comes to business, your brain is your money maker. When you need focus, concentration, critical thinking and constant ideas you need your brain working for you and not against you. If you’re looking to boost cognitive function exercise is going to help with this.
For those who exercise they develop the parts of the brain that control thinking and memory more than those who don’t. Research from Harvard shows that not only do you improve thinking and memory you also improve the health of brain cells, grow new blood vessels in the brain and help new brain cells survive and thrive. Exercise helps your brain to run on all cylinders to focus, concentrate and make better decisions.
“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” – Jim Rohn
2. Exercise helps you to blast through plateaus
I can imagine you’ve had plenty of times where you’ve been stuck trying to develop an idea or move forward with others. This can take the form of things like writers block or not knowing how to tackle a problem in your work or business.
Exercise is a way to bust through those plateaus and get your creative thinking going. It can be as simple as going for a brisk walk, running a few flights of stairs, go to the gym or just pound out a bunch of pushups. You just want to get moving!
The research backs this up as well, The American Psychology Association looked at this issue between those who chose to sit and those who got up and moved and the active groups showed more creative responses at least 81% of the time. This means if you need to create new ideas, or are getting stuck developing other ones, you want to get up and move to get over the hump.
3. Exercise helps to lower your stress levels
Stress is by far one of the biggest detriments facing us in society today. Long term stress leads to many chronic diseases causing serious setbacks in people’s lives. If stress is left unattended it is going to play havoc with your ability to work and get things done. Removing all stress is not going to be possible but it’s more about learning to manage it so you can be more productive and successful. When you exercise your body releases mood-enhancing chemicals and at the same time helps to deplete those stress hormones that are causing so much damage.
We have the ability to manage our stress but it needs to be unlocked by engaging in physical activity. When you do start to exercise regularly you will find yourself better able to relax due to those mood-enhancing chemicals and you probably find that your best work happens when you are relaxed and not overwhelmed.
If you own a business and have people working for you you may be interested in how an employee’s health helps the bottom line. Stress leads to illness and the amount of sick days missed is really taking the economy down a notch. Going back to info from 2012, poor health resulting in missed work is costing the economy $576 billion dollars a year. Of that $576 billion, $227 billion is from lost productivity from missing employees or if they are present they’re not at their best as their illness is still causing them to perform poorly.
“Bodybuilding is much like any other sport. To be successful, you must dedicate yourself 100% to your training, diet and mental approach.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger
How much exercise & what type do you need?
Here’s the good news, if you are new to exercise you don’t need to start doing Ironman triathlons or working out for hours a day. The research around exercise and it’s ability to help in your motivation, productivity and success was done with simple walking. It doesn’t take a lot to start reaping the rewards and as far as amount of time needed the sweet spot seems to be are 150 minutes of exercise a week. This can be broken up a few different ways, but it works out to around 30 minutes a day. Certainly very doable.
This is good encouragement to start getting going on some form of exercise, you can know that it won’t overwhelm you but you will be getting those positive effects that can help you with your career and success. Start including walking, hiking, biking, swimming or recreational sports to get that 150 minutes a week. There will be time to get more specific and detailed with training and exercise, for right now you just want to get going.
If you’re already making yourself move, keep doing it! If you haven’t, I think you can see now how taking care of your health and fitness has a great carry over effect that can make your ability to achieve success closer than ever.
Are you improving your health and fitness? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below!
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One of the most important things for an entrepreneur’s mental health is expressing their feelings, thoughts, and emotions. This is where content creation and writing becomes pivotal. Whether you read something that resonates with you or you write a compelling blog post, the act of expressing yourself through content can help to put a smile on your face and make you feel better about things.
Most entrepreneurs don’t spend as much time taking care of their mental health as they should. Over the course of your career, you will experience a lot of ups and downs; these emotions have the potential to take a toll on your mind and body if you don’t learn to manage them properly.
Here are four reasons why expression through content is pivotal for healing, slowing yourself down, and giving yourself grace when the going gets tough.
1. Content can be a form of self-expression
When you are an entrepreneur, you frequently face feelings of insecurity, doubt, fear, apathy, and exhaustion, just to name a few. Some days it feels like no one is on your business’s side and everyone else has it all figured out. On those days some of us try to look at our website’s analytics to cheer up.
But an even more freeing task is creating content. You create content to improve your business and reach more people’s lives. But, there is something special that happens when you write with the intention of expressing your thoughts and feelings — you open a door to yourself.
Content is inherently personal, which means content creators open themselves up when they share their thoughts on a platform. Everything from the title of the post, the keywords they choose to include, and even the content itself helps you to understand who the author of that post truly is. And as an entrepreneur, this can be an important experience because it allows others to empathize with you.
As you think through what to write about and how to express yourself, the process of self reflection is a valuable step you need to go through. You’re able to reflect on the blessings you have, assess what you learned from the negative experiences, and create a plan on how to maintain the positive experiences you’ve had.
There are a few ways that self reflection can help you with mental health healing. The act of reflecting on your experiences helps to create clarity in feelings, thoughts and emotions which will eventually lead into acceptance for what has happened or is happening currently without feeling overwhelmed by it all. This process also leads people towards finding new things they enjoy doing. Self reflection is therapeutic and can be implemented anytime you feel the need to overcome overwhelm.
“Writing in a journal each day allows you to direct your focus to what you accomplished, what you’re grateful for and what you’re committed to doing better tomorrow. Thus, you more deeply enjoy your journey each day.” – Hal Elrod
3. A sense of belonging and camaraderie
It is important to have a support network of people who will listen and understand what you are going through. When you post a blog or upload a video on YouTube, there are others who feel the same way and experience a sense of connection with you.
When you put time, attention and thoughtfulness into your writing, it is amazing when someone reads what you’ve written and comments on it thanking you or expressing how they resonate with what you’re going through. It’s hard to put into words how powerful it feels when someone who has gone through the same experience and reads your words then reaches out. There is power in expression but miracles happen when people bond over a similar experience.
4. Library of content to share with more people
It can be very difficult to know what content to share with people as the symptoms of mental health disorders (anxiety, depression, etc.) vary from person to person. But as you accumulate more and more content, this will increase the number of articles or videos available for readers to choose from depending on their specific purpose. It also builds your personal library of resources you’re able to share to different people you encounter or engage directly with.
As chaotic and distracting social media can be, it can also be a beacon of hope with the right content. Many people share viral posts, or content that interest them. Since your content is valuable and personal, the more you share it, the more likely it is to be shared with the right audience.
You never know who is watching (reading)
Your content is speaking to someone and even though they may not be actively engaged, their experiences with your work are impacting them. Think about the last time you watched TV: did everyone in the room have something entertaining to say?
You never know who’s watching because there’s always somebody reading your posts or viewing your videos-even if they just skim through it briefly. This is why creating content worth consuming is critical, not only to get you out of your funk, but also to serve your audience. Be authentic and stay true to yourself; make every post count as an opportunity for connection with your best self and for potential readers to bond with you.
5 Ways To Invest In Yourself and Change Your Life
Warren Buffett once said, the best investment you can ever make is in yourself. Time and money spent on bettering yourself are never considered a waste. Whether it’s through learning how to make money online, exploring new ways to increase your financial security, or watching TED talks to expand your knowledge. Do not be stingy when it comes to self-improvement because it will definitely pay off in the end.
Need some ideas to get started on your journey to becoming a better you? Here are 5 ways to invest in yourself and transform your life.
1. Change Your Self-Concept
Having a negative self-concept can have a tremendous impact on your life. Limiting beliefs and self-doubt are some of the main reasons why many never achieve or attempt to pursue their dreams. Take a moment and think about all the negative thoughts you have repeated to yourself throughout your life. How have these thoughts impacted the way you live life? From now on, create a new self-image by turning these negative thoughts into positive ones and appreciate your good qualities.
2. Sign Up For An Online Course
If you’ve been wanting to brush up on your Photoshop skills or learn how to code professionally, this is the perfect time to get started. As long as you have a stable internet connection, you can access an endless amount of valuable information online. For example, sites like Coursera and Youtube are both awesome resources for online learning. With a few search strings and clicks, you can find all the information you need.
3. Learn From a Mentor
No matter which stage of your life you are currently in, working with a mentor can help you stay motivated and focused on your goals. Not only can they guide you in the right direction, but also transform your vision, provide you with new insights, and connect you with amazing resources. If you’re feeling unmotivated or unsure about what you want to do in life, consider finding a mentor to help you navigate this process.
4. Start A Side Hustle
The salary from a 9-5 job would rarely allow you to reach your maximum income potential. Why not achieve financial success while pursuing your passion by starting a side hustle? Whether it’s through starting an ecommerce business, freelance writing on the side, or starting a Youtube channel. There are infinite numbers of ways to make money, and there is bound to be one out there that fits your passion and skills.
5. Nourish Your Body
As many may say, “health is the new wealth”. Without a healthy and functioning body, living a fulfilling and comfortable life becomes difficult. To take care of your body and prioritize your wellbeing, start with small habits such as eating healthier foods and exercising regularly. Bike or walk to work instead of taking the car, and opt for a healthy protein bowl instead of greasy burgers at Burger King. With time, these small habits can make an incredible difference.
Check out the infographic below, to see more ways you can invest in yourself:
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