When it comes to your own wellness, it’s hard to be objective. So many of the mediocre-health signs I discussed in this month’s first article and second article are patterns that have developed in patients slowly over months or even years. That can make those routines not simply hard to change, but hard to even recognize.
And let’s face it, if you don’t see a problem, it’s just about impossible to fix. Many of my patients don’t at first acknowledge the link between their health habits and their professional success. But the health-wealth connection is undeniable.
Do the following resonate with you?
1. Instead of producing and earning, you’d rather take a nap.
Does that sound familiar? In particular, does your get-up-and-go dissolve in the afternoon? If so, then your energy system might need an overhaul. When you have a half-day left to complete your projects, reach clients, or stay on schedule, and you feel depleted and sluggish, it’s time to look at your lifestyle, including how and when you rest and the patterns of your blood sugar level. Do this before you wind up with your earning potential cut in half.
Case study: Leo, a solopreneur who works from home, seemed to be a real “morning person.” But by 3 p.m. each day, his energy flagged to such an extent that he often found himself resting his head on his desk. His clients had to wait until the next day to hear from him and became impatient for his response. Business was at risk.
With some adjustments in his nutrition, Leo became a full-day professional again. He realized that although he was rarely hungry for breakfast and ate a small lunch, he had been sitting down to dinner with his family, then more than making up for his earlier hours of undereating and tiring himself out. Now, with a steady and sensible meal schedule in place, Leo’s closing his sales—not his personal energy—by 5 p.m.
2. You think there’s nothing wrong with your self-care; therefore, other things or people must be to blame when business matters don’t go well.
It’s easy to be in denial about the state of your health, even if you’re paying some attention to your wellbeing. It’s possible that you can run out of ideas yourself to jumpstart your health. It’s time to take back responsibility for your own condition and see that you always have options waiting to be explored. Imagine what reaching your potential will do for your self-esteem—and for your financial health.
Undoubtedly, you have important duties to perform. But don’t forget, one of those jobs is taking care of the fabulous body that you have been given. You only have one; you can’t at all afford to neglect it. And, as so many of my patients have found over the years, your wallet can’t afford it, either. Take charge.
Paying closer attention to your nutrition, lifestyle, and mindset is the key to achieving outstanding performance in your career—and from there, it’s a short step to seeing the results in your bank account. Make the move toward better career health today by taking an honest look at your physical health. If you’re not in tip-top condition, commit to making some critical changes. Need help? That’s what I’m here for. Contact me at www.yourvirtualwellnesscoach.com. Together, we can get you out of the “sort of okay” rut.