Ok, so you consider yourself an entrepreneur. You’ve created a great small business there. You’ve worked your butt off. You’ve probably dedicated more hours to it than you care to even think about, and you should be damn proud of yourself. Absolutely!
Throughout all those hours you’ve spent with your head down working away, how’s your health and fitness been? Has it taken somewhat of a back seat?
I know what you’re thinking. You don’t have time to exercise, you’re out to make your first million after all, so the last thing you need is distractions.
Well, what if I told you that physical fitness is not only important for your health, it can also be good for your business.
Here’s just a few reasons as to why you might want to step away from the screen, throw on some active wear and start working up a sweat today.
- A different kind of networking.
Whether you’re working out at the gym, running with a group or playing in a team sport, these are all great ways to network with prospective clients or strengthen existing business relationships. A lot of barriers get broken down while exercising together, and you’ll soon find you’ll be communicating on a whole different level than you would at a business networking event, and hence all sorts of new opportunities can present themselves.
- Get your creative juices flowing.
Exercise not only gets the heart pumping and tones the muscles; it also improves brain power by increasing blood flow to the brain. I’ve long been a strong advocate of an early morning run prior to a busy morning to kick my brain into gear, as I know that those mornings will always be far more productive.
- Reduce your stress.
Physical activity reduces stress hormones and increases the production of endorphins that give you a natural high. Getting in a workout, whether before work or during the workday can allow you to approach your work with a calmer and more focused mindset.
- Boost your confidence.
Building and running a small business is nothing short of a roller coaster ride. As much as we try not to take it personally, when things aren’t going well, it’s only natural that it can get us down and our confidence can take a knock. These are the times when I’ve found that maintaining a regular fitness regime is the most important, as even the smallest fitness win can help you gain the confidence you need to ride out the rough patches and achieve the larger goals in your business life.
- Overcome business challenges.
Training for a specific fitness event such as a marathon or fun run can help entrepreneurs and small business operators re-learn the importance of goal setting and determination. The reason being that the vigorous training regime that these commitments place us under in order to achieve a fitness goal crosses over into our business life and makes us more tenacious entrepreneurs. Quite simply, it trains us to remove the word “can’t” from our vocabulary.
- Learn to let go of control.
It’s quite normal for a business owner to think that they have to do it all. But, there’s a lot of stress that goes along with that level of power and control. This is why power-hungry entrepreneurs are prime candidates to benefit from the services of either a personal trainer or the coach of a sporting team. By learning to let go and let someone else direct you, you can learn about the importance of entrusting others with important tasks, proving that you don’t have to do it all on your own in order to have a successful business.
Author: Cameron McIver