Helping your career or your business
Are you in control of your life or do you feel that the constant demands of work, family and home run your life? If you’re feeling your life is controlling you then it’s likely that:
- you’re not be happy with your weight or size, and/or
- you’re not waking up in the morning feeling energised and positive about what the day ahead holds, and/or
- you regret you’re not as fit as you were a few years ago, and/or
- you’d like to eat a healthier diet.
Even if only one of the above applies to you it will be affecting your performance at work. Performance is a fascinating subject – particularly when looking at what we can do to help ourselves be the best we can. One of my favourite performance gurus is Tony Schwartz (www.theenergyproject.com/about/tony-schwartz) who said about business people: “They fail to recognise that the way they take care of their bodies, day in and day out, directly influences how they think, feel and perform – it’s just one piece of a more complex puzzle – but failing to do so assumes that you can’t ever perform to your best.”
It’s that time of year when apart from eating too much, drinking too much and possibly having to endure “compulsory incarceration” with the family, we reflect on the year that’s drawing to a close, think about what we’d like to happen in the New Year and make some resolutions. Unfortunately many people that say things like “I must go to the gym because I want to lose weight/get fit.” It’s unfortunate because they are focusing on a negative so are more than likely to fail. If they said they used to really enjoy going to classes at the gym, or running with a club, because it’s social and it’s easier to exercise with friends, then they’d have a greater chance of success.
If you want to succeed then start thinking about the positives. As an example I go turbo training with a cycling club once a week. I go because the banter is great, I love the feeling of achievement after a tough session and I’m starting to see improvements when I’m out with my regular cycle group at weekends. The reality is that the session takes me out of my comfort zone and as with any situation where you push yourself out of your comfort zone – at work or at play – you’ll only give it a go if you focus on the positives. It wouldn’t be difficult for me to focus on the negative aspects of going turbo training as: I’m the only female at the session; they all know each other really well so I don’t know some of the stuff they talk about; they’re all much more experienced, faster and fitter cyclists than me; and doing 4 x 10 minute threshold sets is hard work and it can get boring. We all have choices and mine has been to focus on how I benefit from going turbo training.
Anyone that knows me knows that I’m highly energised and very positive. I wasn’t just born like it, and I haven’t always been like it but I find I get the most out of life when I’m energised and positive. If you want to be energised, positive and perform the best you can at work I recommend two things:
- Read “The way we’re working isn’t working” by Tony Schwartz (he regularly writes blogs for Harvard Business Review and is worth following)
- Arrange to meet Leanne to talk about improving your fitness. Even people like me can’t get motivation from a book or the internet alone and Leanne is helping me achieve my duathlon and triathlon goals without compromising work, home and family commitments. The best bit is that she makes exercise fun …. even doing things I used to avoid and hate like plank!
Enjoy the festive season and think positive about what you will achieve in 2014.
Blog by Sarah Matthews
CEO, SFM Consulting