Success Leaves Clues
Be careful of the excuses you continue to tell yourselves and others why you can’t train because one day the universe will respond and give you a damn good reason why you can’t and you will be wishing you could trade places with yourself today and be given the opportunity to train once again. The story you continue to tell yourself is the one you will live and we are all tired , have no time , too old and should be somewhere else or should we ? Change your story !!
There was an interview done by Murray Newlands to find out 11 daily habits of the most successful people in the world and number one was exercise and waking up early. Sound familiar ? if you read Graeme Cowan’s book that most of you have a copy of you would find that Graeme also interviewed thousands of people and exercise once again came in as number one as to ways to overcome depression, anxiety and improve mood.
Less than 7% of the population engage in regular exercise more than twice a week yet 70% of successful business individuals discover a way to exercise each day
“Branson said his physical activities, give him at least four additional hours of productivity each day.”
Below is one of the persons story as to why he exercises and why he makes it a priority as do over 70% of successful people. Why they treat exercise as they would a business meeting and why the majority would cancel the business meeting before they would cancel their training session.
Exercise certainly is a portion of the day-to-day regimen of successful individuals. It’ll make you feel good about yourself, and keep the body healthy, will make the mind alert and teach you discipline. As a matter of fact, a report revealed that 70 percent of successful business individuals discover a way to exercise each day.
Despite working 18 hour days, they still find the time to workout and prepare healthy meals. And it’s all because they approach their fitness routine in the same way they approach their business.
They schedule workouts just like they do business meetings.
They realize that a good trainer or nutritionist is an cost of doing business…just like an accountant or some other business consultant.
They plan time to shop for and prepare healthy meals.
They understand that a fitness plan is just as necessary as a business plan
Something to think about…the next time someone tells you that they don’t have time to exercise.
There’s a prevalent attitude among entrepreneurs that the business, whatever that business is, comes first. It is the high priority that trumps everything else, including family, friends and especially health.
I’ve seen entrepreneurs sacrifice all these things, sometimes with tragic consequences, to focus on making their businesses successful. I’ve also done it myself, although I’m one of the lucky ones. During the years I made my business my highest priority, my wife stuck by my side, I didn’t cause any permanent damage with friendships (although I certainly didn’t nurture any) and I didn’t die.
It’s not greed that motivates us entrepreneurs. It would be difficult to justify the sacrifices we make if the only reward were money. Dollars become mere points in a sort of game. What it’s really about is building something great, doing something that matters and changing the world. That’s what makes it so easy to brush other things off. But it’s a mistake. I know that now, and that’s why today I care more about exercise than my business. But it’s not easy.
I have a growing business with 14 team members. These men and women rely on me to make sure their paychecks come on time, that benefits are there for them and their families, and that obstacles are removed so they can get their work done. We have approximately 40 clients, who are depending on me to make sure they’re getting the results that will help their businesses grow.This adds up to a lot of tasks, and a lot of pressure. On any given day there are easily 100 important things I should be doing for my business, 50 of which are also urgent, but there is no way I can get more than 10 things done. And yet each and every week I spend at least 10 hours on focused, physical exercise.
I schedule my workouts during the workday and prioritize exercise over all my work activities. There is some flexibility, but if there is a conflict between a exercise session I need to get in, and a meeting with a client, I’ll reschedule the client meeting first. I do this because I and my business can survive the consequences of rescheduling a client meeting, even if it means losing that client. But as soon as I start pushing workouts off, I’ll start missing workouts, and once I start missing workouts, I’m close to stopping workouts altogether.
Exercise must come first, or it’s unlikely to happen at all.
If exercise stops, then my health goes downhill. With the loss of physical health my productivity at work goes down. I become depressed. I lose motivation to do the things that makes my business successful. I’ve learned firsthand that excellence in one area of my life promotes excellence in all other areas of my life. Exercise is the easiest area of my life to control. It’s easy to measure. Either I get it in, or I don’t. When I do, it lifts up all other areas of my life, including my business.
For a long time, I was fooled into thinking that if my business wasn’t the top priority, then that meant I wasn’t doing all I could do to make it successful. This is an understandable way of thinking, but it’s completely wrong.
If my life is made up of 10 priorities, then it’s not as simple as saying that if I move the business from being priority two to priority one, that the business is going to benefit. The trick is to figure out which ordering of priorities provides the maximum overall benefit.
For example, when I exercise, that makes me better in every role I have, whether it’s as a husband, father, friend or entrepreneur. If I were to stop exercising because I felt that being a good business owner was a higher priority, then ironically I would end up a worse business owner than I was when it was a lower priority. Putting exercise first creates a win-win.
As my business grows, I see members of my team falling into the same trap I did. That’s why we’re working to institute health incentives, and why I’m not ashamed to talk about the time I take out of my work day to exercise. I know that if my team members put exercise and health before their jobs, they might work fewer hours, but they’ll feel better about themselves, have more fulfilling lives and they’ll produce better results with the hours they do work.
As always Ill see you at the gym
take care and god Bless
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