Without your health, you cannot acquire and enjoy more wealth, and you cannot love yourself entirely.
The past seven years we have been to many conferences, seminars, and retreats all around the world, and its mind blowing how many entrepreneurs put their health on the back burner to acquire more wealth. Keep in mind, we are not expecting to see people being jacked or who look like bodybuilders. We don’t even look like that and we have been fitness consultants for the past decade.
What we have witnessed is poor body structures due to being sedentary and on the computer all day, no muscle mass what so ever, more body fat than there needs to be, lack of confidence in appearance, lack of activity, horrible eating and drinking habits.
“Play the long game in business. It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon.” – Gary Vaynerchuck
While we agree with what Gary says, why not take this same concept and apply it to your health and fitness goals? What good does it do to acquire all this wealth and crush it if you are not healthy and happy? Money can never buy back your time, happiness, and overall health.
Don’t be that person battling health issues in your 30’s.
To all the Millennials out there, take control of your health and fitness now.
We all have one life, one legacy, and one body to maximize. There is absolutely no excuse as an entrepreneur to not put health and fitness at the forefront. It’s time to make it a priority in your life and be the leader you are. As entrepreneurs, we should all be striving to look better, feel better, and perform better.
We have come up with five ways for you to avoid becoming the unhealthy entrepreneur.
#1 Knowing What Your Why and Your Purpose Are Part of Your Fitness Journey
Just like in business, we should all know our purpose, and we should have a clear vision on what we are trying to accomplish the next 6 months, year, 3 years, and even longer. You must use this same concept within your health and fitness journey. Take the time to ask yourself, “Why do I want to lose X number of pounds?”
“Why do I want to look great for this event or vacation?”
“Why do I want to wear a bikini or fit into that wedding dress?”
The list goes on and once you identify your why and purpose in your health and fitness journey, you then can start building out that vision. Once you have the vision, set goals, and timelines to make you work harder, build habits and be patient with them. Think of building a foundation for a house. You start at the bottom and then level up once you gain more experience, momentum, and knowledge.
Most importantly, turn this health and fitness journey into a lifestyle you can see yourself doing for days, weeks, months, and years on end.
#2 Seek more Self-Love and Stop Comparing Yourself to Others
Tomorrow we want you to wake up and tell yourself, “I love who I am, I love my body, and I am enough.” You might be wondering, “Wait, why do you want me to say that to myself if I don’t mean it?” If you are always bashing your body each time you look in the mirror, your mindset, confidence, and self-worth will be damaged each day, and that is not the carry over you want each day as an entrepreneur.
We want you to tell yourself this each morning but still have the intention of wanting to do better with your overall health and body image. Again, this is a marathon, not a sprint, and if you are putting in the work each day you will look better, feel better, and perform better. Programming your mindset to be positive and give yourself more self-love will make you work harder instead of shaming yourself.
When it comes to comparing ourselves with others, just stop doing it.
We know social media plays a huge role in comparing body image, business, and lifestyle to others. Make sure your fitness goals are realistic and attainable. Worry about yourself only. Stop following people that you constantly compare yourself with, it’s extremely toxic in all areas.
#3 Use REF with Exercise and Nutrition
Our mentor Eric Helms taught us a powerful acronym.
REF: realistic, enjoyable, and flexible.
We cannot emphasize how important this is when it comes to your health and fitness journey. We have mastered this ourselves and have used it working with over 1,000 clients around the world.
Let’s break REF down a bit more.
There is no one-size-fits all diet or exercise program for everyone. Do what you can see yourself adhering to for days, weeks, months, and years on end.
Find a nutrition and exercise program that is realistic for your needs, schedule, and lifestyle. Not everyone can spend X amount of time in the gym, not everyone likes doing just weights, and not everyone can follow a certain diet.
This is probably the most important letter in REF.
Plain and simple, if you do not enjoy a nutrition or exercise program you will not adhere to it, work hard at it, and you will eventually give it up.
It’s the same thing with your business. If you hate what you are doing or building, you will not enjoy it and will not work hard at it.
We really encourage you to experiment with various nutrition and exercise programs to see what you really enjoy, look forward to doing daily, have fun with, and adhere to the most. Again, play the long game with this. It may take a little while to figure this out and that is perfectly okay. It took us years to find out what was realistic, enjoyable, and flexible for ourselves.
As entrepreneurs, we have the ability to be flexible with our day to day schedules and lifestyle due to being, our own bosses. When it comes to health and fitness, you want to acquire a similar concept with flexibility within your nutrition and exercise programs.
For example, maybe one week you have to travel, and stress will be higher, and you won’t have as much time as usual. It’s okay, this is where being flexible comes into play, and you have to pivot and adapt some. Instead of counting your calories or meal prepping, you can have a meal prep company make your meals for you when traveling, or you can make safe-healthy choices when eating out.
Maybe you can’t get to the gym every day. Nno problem, get in there 2-3 times only and just make each of the sessions longer. Again, it’s about keeping it simple and being flexible. Not every day, week, or month is going to be glorious.
Do your best with what you have and move on, same thing in business. Not every day, week, or month is a milestone in revenue.
It’s about being consistent, not perfect.
#4 Manage Stress, Sleep, and Activity
We are pretty sure you are aware of how harmful elevated stress, lack of sleep, and lack of activity are for overall health. Let’s break each one down anyway.
As entrepreneurs, we know how stressful business can be. Stress has got the best of us many times and will continue to going forward. But stress comes with the territory and is part of being an entrepreneur.
The key is to manage it as best you can and not let it control you and your mood.
Try and start your day off with a good morning routine dedicated to you to so you can program your mind right for the day.
During the day, take frequent breaks when you feel overwhelmed, go for a walk, meditate, or take a power nap to regroup.
Most importantly, after a long day of putting in work and grinding, make sure to implement a wind down routine so you can calm down and get a good night’s sleep. Some examples of a wind down routine are as follows:
- Go for a walk
- Read for 30 minutes
- Listen to a podcast
- Stretch your body
Make sleep a priority. You cannot perform at an optimal and effective level with insufficient sleep. Get at least 6-8 hours of sleep every night, implement a wind down routine, turn your phone off, and get some damn zzzz’s.
This one is so underrated and so important to overall health. You already know we have stressed the importance of doing a form of exercise each day, but we want to go a bit deeper here. We don’t want to get too scientific here either, but one way to burn more calories is to increase your daily non-exercise activity.
Some examples are as follows:
- Get up more frequently
- Take more walks
- Take the stairs
- Park further away
- Use a step counter
- Just move more
We promise by doing this you will see a significant difference in weight loss over the course of time due to burning more overall calories.
#5 Reward Yourself
There is no point in doing all this if you don’t reward yourself. Rewards naturally make us work harder as humans as they cause the release of dopamine.
After you nail a goal, reward yourself with something.
On the weekends, reward yourself and indulge some, but just don’t go overboard and regress on your hard work. Some examples of rewards are as follows:
- Full body massage
- Breakfast, lunch, or dinner out at a nice restaurant
- Go to a professional sporting event
- Have some alcoholic beverages
- Go buy something you want
- The list goes on
If you are not celebrating the small wins, you won’t enjoy your health and fitness journey as much.
Same thing in business. Celebrate those small victories and keep the momentum high.
We hope you find these five tips helpful and most importantly, that you put them into action. If you are a true entrepreneur, we know you will take them seriously and take action.
Don’t be that unhealthy entrepreneur. Take a stand now and make some changes for your family and most importantly, for you.
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