Being an Entrepreneur can be hard. With all of the deadlines, calls, travel, projects, prospecting, marketing, and sales, this lifestyle can be difficult. Recently, while traveling, I experienced head on how hard this life can be on me as I was rushed to an ER in China.
The experience of being laid up in a hospital bed in a
foreign country for a week allowed me to reflect on myself and the lifestyle I
was living. The exercise was a catalyst
for me to rethink my lifestyle and the habits I had formed over the years. However, most importantly, it made me
dedicate to doing better.
What follows are seven things I implemented upon my release
from the hospital, and I have to say my results have been very positive.
Maintain exercise routine when traveling
After leaving the Navy, I swore off working out. After all, exercising practically every day
for nine years was what I thought more than enough time for me to have
exercised. However, I did remember the
rush I would get from running a 5k every other day. As well as the feeling of achievement, I felt
when I was able to lift heavier weights over time.
When I travel now, I try to book a hotel room that has a gym
in it. Moreover, in the cases where the
gym may not be in good condition, I carry with me a set of resistance bands which
take up hardly any space in the suitcase. By doing this, I can dedicate at
least 20 minutes a day to doing at least some form of exercise.
Get More Sleep
Sleep is essential, study after study stresses the importance
of getting enough sleep. The days of
staying out until 1 am only to be giving a presentation or conducting a meeting
at 8 pm are not maintainable over the long haul.
I also try not to schedule any presentations or meetings before
10 am. Doing this ensures that even if I
am with a client or group who like to stay out late, I know that I can be in
bed by 1 am and still get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep.
Health Professionals Are Essential to Support Staff
Every year’s entrepreneurs meet with their lawyers and
Accountants some times multiple times of the year. In fact, around tax season, I know of several
who block off days if not weeks on their calendar to meet with these two support
functions for their businesses. The same
should be done when it comes to Doctors, Dentists, Ophthalmologists, and other
Entrepreneurs are their own biggest and most valuable assets. Just like I make sure I take my care in every
3,000 miles for a checkup I now block off a week each year for maintaining
myself. Had I done this more faithfully before
my China trip, I might have saved myself from going to the ER.
Being an Entrepreneur has its good times and its corresponding
not so good times. It is easy to remember
our failures and develop such an adverse reaction to them that our achievements
tend to take a backseat. This mindset is not healthy on any level and causes
stress along with a raft load of other disorders. Much less the hit on
motivation is astounding.
I have learned that all experiences, both good and bad, must
be taken in stride. Also, while it is
important that we don’t get lulled into a state that everything is fine, we
should remember that the work we do is important and in some small way is
taking us to a place we were not at previously.
Moreover, dwelling on past missed opportunities only slows us from
reaching our goals.
Celebrate ALL Wins
Most people tend to set big goals they want to achieve
before they feel they can celebrate.
This thinking can be self-defeating in the end. For example, if the goal is to achieve
winning a multi-million dollar contract before a celebration is called for
negates the smaller contracts that have been won. In my experience, I have had small wins,
which contributed to being able to achieve a big win. Moreover, I can tell you that if I only
celebrated the big wins, I would be a very sad person.
So, the next time you get a win no matter how small set
aside time to do something to acknowledge it and yes even pat yourself on the
Make Healthy Choices at Business Meals
Business Meals are murder (seriously they are). We tend to
go to restaurants which serve the not so healthiest of choices. Alternatively, we
go a ready standby option (how bad can someone mess up a Well-Done hamburger).
Which in most cases, have the most calories and least amount of overall
When possible, try to choose healthy restaurants for
business meals. Moreover, in cases where you are the guest and cannot choose,
go for the healthier options. Found
doing this has enabled me to engage in conversations more fully. After all, when eating a salad, I tend to
notice more things than if I am enjoying a juicy steak with garlic potatoes.
Enjoy the View
A few years ago, American Express ran an ad where the catchphrase
was something along the lines of “While climbing the corporate ladder, take
time to enjoy the view.” This phrase stayed with me. I have been fortunate in my life so far to
have had some wonderful experiences and at no time until recently did I take a
moment to stop and take it all in. By
not doing so, when I experienced down periods in found myself questioning myself
and heaping stress on top of the situations.
When you go through life take time out to stop and enjoy
where you are, it could be a place financially, business-wise, or simply just
being in someplace you have not been before. Let yourself enjoy the moment and
serve as a time to appreciate what you have achieved. Trust me since I started doing this the down
periods are no longer times of discouragement for me. They are simply a temporary stop as I
progress to my next adventure.
I am still learning and adjusting my lifestyle to be
healthier. What are some tips that you
employ to be a health entrepreneur? Please let me know in the comments section