Last weekend, I attended the memorial service for a man who died suddenly at a relatively young age. He was kind, funny, generous, creative, a magician with makeup and a storyteller par excellence who made the most of every moment of his life. As I sat there listening intently to the many individuals who spoke so positively and passionately about him, it made me think about the importance of taking care of one’s health on a daily basis. It also made me wonder if how well you take care of your personal health reflects how well you take care of your professional health whether you are pursuing a career and/or growing a business.
In one of my recent posts, I wrote about how LinkedIn connections can create consistent change chances. Two of my LinkedIn connections are Dr. Meghan Walker and Dr. Erin Wiley, naturopaths and co-founders of the Integrative Health Institute, a calm and soothing oasis focusing on health and wellness in busy, hectic downtown Toronto, Canada. Meghan and Erin generously share knowledge and information through daily tweets and bring the best experts to present at a series of monthly seminars. You can check out the Institute’s many programs and services at www.integrativehealthinstitute.ca.
In my own experience, when I am feeling healthy in mind, body and spirit, I am a more positive and productive coach for my clients, effective and excellent connection for contacts and colleagues and a grateful, generous and loving partner, family member and friend. When I feel great, my life and business feel great. Have you ever noticed that when you are feeling negative or down on yourself, you receive few if any calls, texts, e-mails, career options, business opportunities or social invitations? However, when you are feeling positive or good about yourself, your voicemail and inbox are full of messages from people wanting to get in touch be they family, friends, prospects, clients/customers, contacts and colleagues.
What are you doing to take care of yourself on a daily basis? Do have a routine in place that allows you to eat, sleep and exercise well? Are you putting yourself and your health first or last? If you have been focusing on your health by taking good care of yourself, are things going equally well in your career or business? If you have been neglecting your health and not taking care of yourself, how are things going in your career or business?
It’s the first Monday in May, make this Motivation Monday. Look at the seven days this week and plan healthy meals for each day, adjust your evening schedule to allow for a good night’s sleep every night and block out time for exercise whether it is an early morning/lunch/after work walk or workout.
Focus on taking extra good care of yourself this week and staying positive and productive whether or not you are busy. Watch what happens as the week progresses and if you want, send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know if an improvement in your personal health reflects an improvement in your professional health. You may want to visit Meghan or Erin at the Institute or follow them on Twitter. One last thing, remember to make it a priority every day to maintain good personal health. If you do, this will result in good health in your career and/or business. After all, health is wealth.