You wouldn’t run a business without a business strategy so why not apply the same logic to looking after your health? Don’t wait until you have a health issue. Start today, make time, consider your health now and ensure a healthier future. There is nothing wrong with hard work in fact to work with purpose and for the good of your company and your staff can provide a wonderful sense of achievement, satisfaction and financial security but if you are pushing your body too hard and running on empty, over time there will be a price to pay. Your health really is the most precious and perhaps fragile thing you own.
Simply, apply some of the basic business principles you use daily to manage your own health. Everyday you have your agenda – the list of priority tasks, diary of meetings. You know exactly what needs to be achieved in that day; you have it all covered, ready to start and as one Client would say, “Let Battle Commence!” You understand completely how to manage every aspect of business.
Let’s look at it this way, if you owned a Lamborghini you would not put low grade oil and fuel in it so why make poor choices when it comes to your body? I have worked with executives who were literally drinking 12 cups of coffee a day, and eating lots of biscuits, kindly supplied with the coffee. I am sure you recognize this routine. Lunch is often forgotten and you eat anything that happens to be available, hardly considering or noticing what food is being consumed. Then, end of day the first thing you reach for is that whiskey or glass of wine; often on an empty stomach! The dangers are obvious and sad to say never considered until something terrible happens, when it’s too late to repair the damage and the consequences for your health.
Why not start a new health regime using the same methodology as you use in your business? When you develop strategy, you start by taking a good look at where you are, at what’s working, and what’s not working. It’s the same when you decide to get healthier. You can start right now: what did you eat and drink today? Did you eat three of the biscuits that came with the coffee without even thinking about it? And how much caffeine did you consume in that board meeting? For the next week, develop the habit of bringing your attention to what you’re consuming; become a conscious eater! And look out for my blog next week on how to complete your health SWOT analysis.