Have you ever seen an untuned engine provide extra mileage on a car, or a new computer perform seamlessly using outdated software? Like these machines, our bodies can limp along for a while under suboptimal conditions, but without attention, soon enough, our own systems will begin to seize up and eventually flounder.
For people hoping to excel in their businesses and careers, physical limitations can be uncomfortable, and in due course, very, very costly. Poor health often leads to circumstances that cause us to stop right in our tracks—and cease producing. Most of the people I see at my Park Avenue Center for Wellbeing fall into this “just squeaking by” category. Although they have the best of intentions to maintain their bodies, they allow other priorities to outrank health. Ultimately, they fail to follow through with the self-care that is necessary for complete success—personal, professional, and financial.
There are real consequences to accepting health that’s “just OK” but not truly good. Are you on the track of feeling “not so great” physically? Here are two signs to watch out for:
1. Lately, your performance has been slipping a little.
How you’re doing at work is a reflection of the state of your overall health. Further, how you treat yourself, body and mind, will at the end of the day affect how you present yourself to the rest of the world, including your family, colleagues, and your clients. You simply cannot be a success (at least, not for long) if you never put yourself on the “to-do” list.
Does the idea of putting yourself on that list as Priority One make you nervous? Do you think that caring for yourself before others would be selfish? Hardly so. In fact, the total opposite is true. Failure to care for yourself not only dims your potential brilliance, it also can result in delayed or lost opportunities to fulfill present and future goals. The whole cycle can be very expensive in terms of productivity and financial loss.
Case study: Sophia told me she felt she was “spinning her wheels” in her two-year-old interior design firm. Despite her best marketing efforts, she wasn’t monetizing as she’d hoped. We took a look at her goals and activities, and a pattern emerged: She was putting everyone else’s needs above her own. What she required was to properly focus on her own success. She decided to take care of a few of her nagging physical complaints, plus she commandeered one afternoon a week for “Sophia” time to rest and play. These couple of critical changes later, Sophia now sees the road ahead of her as smoother, less burdensome, and more fulfilling.
2. You have unexplained weight gain or pain, or you take more sick days than ideal.
Ouch. Unchecked stress has long been known to undermine or limit success, but did you know that it can literally make you fat, tired, and/or sick? I have seen firsthand many striving executives who have been absent from work, feeling too ill to work effectively, or suffering from neck and back injuries, all because of an overload of stress in their lives. You might think stress is a necessary evil, but I and other practitioners can share techniques that will help alleviate this “silent killer.”
Case study: Plagued by worry, doubt, and fears, Larry tossed and turned at night, unable to sleep. That’s when his back seemed to hurt the most. Finally, fatigue depleted his immune system, and he caught one cold after another. But Larry was able to turn his health around. By fine-tuning his sleep and work habits and finding holistic, balancing relief for stress through periodic acupuncture and twice weekly swims, he was able to recover his inner calm, clearing his way to better rest, a better mood, and pain relief.
Tune in to our next newsletter where we’ll discuss more ways “just okay” health can easily sabotage your best intentions as well as your bank account. In the meantime, take a closer look at your health, habits, and routines. Chances are you already know some of the elements that are costing you precious time and results. What changes can you make to correct this pattern?
Need help figuring out what in your life is not quite right? Contact me at www.yourvirtualwellnesscoach.com. We’ll spend 20 minutes chatting to see how you can boost your bottom line by boosting your health, and be brilliant in both.