29 Jan Why Your Health is the Key to Success in Business
Posted at 12:28h in Business Development, Career Development by Mentor Africa Foundation 2 Comments
Question… When last did you do a wellness check? Visit a dietician? Or maybe actually showed up for the monthly gym premium you pay.
What if we told you the key to business success and effectiveness lies in a clean bill of health?
Well, we are saying it and we are going a step forward to explain why your health is the key to success in business.
Why Your Health is the Key to Success in Business
Health and wellness are incredibly high on the business agenda.
“The physical and mental well-being of staff has one of the largest impacts on the people costs of a business — making it a critical concern for any organisation” and as the employer of labour, proper diet, adequate rest, physical fitness and a sound mind are all key to being your best self for your business.
So, just because, we’re going to do a little discourse on why entrepreneurs need to make good health a top priority. Let’s start with a good night’s rest.
We’ll start by debunking a very harmful myth a lot of people have decided to propagate for reasons best known to them; that we only need 3-4 hours of sleep to perform.
Millionaires don’t sleep 8 hours, they’d say. Well, eighteen leading scientists and researchers came together to form the National Sleep Foundation’s expert panel tasked with updating the official sleep recommendations.
And they’ve confirmed that adults between the age range of 18-64 need 7-9 hours of sleep. Not getting enough sleep will dampen your day’s activities and as an entrepreneur, you will be at the hem of affairs for hours making the valid decisions to keep the wheels oiled and running.
You simply cannot do that effectively while sleep deprived.
So, let’s do a thing. Draw up a day structure that allows you to carry out the day’s activities with just enough time to get a good night’s rest. Your body will thank you for it.
Here’s what’s real. Working out has its perks. It teaches you discipline, consistency and the banging bod is just a bonus. But most importantly it helps you develop emotional resilience.
Being a ‘gym-head’ will take you through several gruelling processes to achieve your fitness goal, and as you persevere you find that you’re closer to your goal each day.
This is the kind of resilience you’ll need as an entrepreneur. As you grow, you’ll stumble on situations you never signed up for, obstacles you didn’t prepare for and you’re going to have to press on to achieve the business goals you have set out for your self.
More so, working out is a great way to handle the stress that is a definite offshoot of entrepreneurship.
With that said, here are four reasons why exercising is an entrepreneur’s greatest competitive advantage.
What’s one thing we all say when we see a person who’s lost a ton of weight from dieting and working out? Discipline.
We all wonder how it was even possible to stay faithful to a diet with all the mouth-watering junk food out in this world with our name on it.
Dieting has so many fabulous health implications for our body like weight loss, improved memory and stronger bones but even better, it teaches you discipline.
Bedros Keuilian, CEO and founder of Fit Body Boot Camp says “how you do anything is how you do everything. Let’s say an entrepreneur eats unhealthy and never works out. You’d probably chalk that up to a lack of discipline, right? If you took a closer look at his life, I’d bet you’d find that he also lacks discipline in the way he managed his daily tasks, or in how he invests the profit his business makes.”
Learning any kind of routine (as you would when on a diet) opens up a new world of control and will power you might have never realised you had.
Also, the gains from something as personal as dieting will encourage you to tighten the reins on other aspects of your life, especially your business, and frankly the influence is tremendous.
In simple terms, sleeping well, working out and sticking to a great diet is essential if you’re looking to scale your business and remain viable.
While we understand that building a business might require blood and tears but overworking yourself is only going to place you and your business at a disadvantage.
So entrepreneurs, make sure you take out time each day to take care of yourself. Your business will thank you for it.