I decided to dedicate June to articles on how good health helps you to achieve your business goals. This is NOT a focus on employee health programs, but a focus on your own personal health – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Minus a few exceptions, all the articles this month will be dedicated to the consideration of your health in improving your business. I have typically separated this topic and discussed health and fitness in a separate blog. However, as a former and current athlete who constantly champions the benefits of health and fitness in person, I finally decided to incorporate this perspective into The Resourceful CEO blog. After June, the health and fitness articles will be interspersed with all the articles that help you build a stronger business.
The Resourceful CEO’s focus is to build a business that generates cash flow and runs well without you (eventually) to increase your business’ value and free up your time to do more of what you want, whether that’s to spend time expanding to other markets or countries, pursuing other business interests, investing as an angel, or traveling. This “focus” requires a wholistic view of your business and, as I’ve learned, of yourself. So, without further ado, here is the inaugural health and fitness article. This is an edited version of a guest post by Saheed Oladele from a business owner / entrepreneur perspective. – TCW.
Entrepreneurs’ Downtime – Causes and Solutions
by Saheed Oladele.
My current mind status inspired this article. A part of me wishes no one else would experience such. As an entrepreneur, you sometimes experience downtime that is sometimes beyond your control. You also experience moments when you wish to be free from thinking, organizing, operating, planning and/or managing, i.e., to have scheduled downtime. You just want freedom.
CAUSES OF INADVERTENT DOWNTIME
One of the most important things to remain focused on is why your business exists. Is running your company something you love doing or just something to make you rich? Entrepreneurship is not just about riches but is also about fulfillment – making an impact or living the life you want or both. If you’re doing what you don’t enjoy, uncontrolled downtimes are likely to occur more often.
A business is all about profit and loss, but solely operating for profit is not fulfilling in the long-term. Consider every investment as a risk; it may be profitable, it may generate a loss or it may be break-even. Be open-minded to accept whatever ultimately happens with the investment. If you learn from the experience or can help your team learn from the experience, that experience always has value. However, if you have a series of losses or fail to analyze what happened and learn from an unwanted outcome, you will definitely experience more downtimes.
The well-being of the human body varies naturally from day to day, week to week, month to month even when in a prolonged general state of good health. Health, as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), is not merely about disease or infirmity; rather, it is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being. These health variations can also induce downtime. The length of those instances of downtime depends on the general state of your health.
Engaging in any bodily activity that enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health and wellness is a vital aspect of a high energy entrepreneur and business owner’s lifestyle. Exercise keeps the mind and body active and greatly reduces downtime – both the length and frerquency.
Rethink your purpose.
Downtime could be a result of a lack awareness of why you’re doing what you do. You need to regularly ask yourself, “why am I doing this?” to remind you of your purpose.
Adjust stressful schedules.
Your stressful agendas and to-do lists occasionally need to be trimmed to minimal when you feel stressed, overwhelmed, or worn out – from 10 meetings per week to 3 important ones. Remember you can always pick up your normal routine after you rebound. But if you push too hard, the fallout might be great, i.e., your uncontrolled downtime may occur more regularly for longer periods.
Eat fruits and vegetables.
Eating fruits and veggies has enormous health benefits. They help maintain your immune system so you don’t get ill. They help provide you with energy so you can work or play longer. Go eat some! Fruit and veggie smoothie or a complex salad anyone?
Get sufficient sleep.
Seven to nine hours of sleep is the amount of sleep most adults require. Don’t deprive yourself of sleep. Avoid the principle of KARMA meeting up with your body. Trust me. There’s always a price to pay for going without sleep.