Steps to Management Success – Step 51: Don’t Neglect Your Health

Written By Rick Frishman Published April 1st, 2010

STEP FIFTY-ONE

Don’t Neglect Your Health

It’s been said that in business, only the most fit survive. Believe it! If you’re not in solid shape physically, it’s a lot harder to be in peak shape mentally or emotionally. You’ll get fatigued more easily. Stress will frazzle you more. You may get moody, depressed, or short-tempered. Plain and simple, that’s not you at your best—but being at your best is where you have to be to succeed.

WHAT IT MEANS: Your body is your business—your most personal business—so it’s worth taking good care of it. Exercise regularly. Adopt healthier eating habits. Quit smoking, and watch your alcohol intake. Get the rest you need. And pace yourself. The principles of healthy living do not get checked at the door when you get to work. Indeed, they apply as much there as anywhere. The more fit you are, the more energy you’ll have and the brighter your mood is likely to be. Fatigue can affect the quality of your thinking and the quality of your work. If you find yourself conking out in the middle of the afternoon, your body is trying to tell you something. Listen to it.

ACTION PLAN: Make a healthy living plan for yourself. Don’t try to reinvent your lifestyle overnight—that’s an almost certain setup for failure—but try to change your habits gradually. Perhaps you could limit your fast-food meals to two or three a week. Maybe you could take a walk during lunch or every evening (doing the latter can help you sleep), cut back on the drinking, and give yourself the benefit of an extra hour or two of sleep. Joining a gym, taking a yoga class, getting more active, eating more fruits and vegetables? All good stuff. Just pick a few new healthy habits to start, and start them!

EVEN BETTER: Be aware of hereditary health problems in your family and be especially attuned to them. Also, make the effort to become more health-literate. There is no shortage of books, magazines, and Web sites that can give you plenty of practical tips on how to start living healthier. And, like the commercial says, you’re worth it!

(Excerpted from: 10 Clowns Don’t Make a Circus. . . and 249 Other Critical Management Success Strategies by Steven Schragis and Rick Frishman)


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