Personal health (negative or positive) often directly correlates to business health.
Recently I have become more aware of how important it is to develop healthy habits as an entrepreneur. Probably because it’s so easy to develop not-so-health ones.
Owning a business is stressful, and the easy fix is to mask that stress by eating unhealthy snacks, or cracking a beer after the work day. Not that there’s anything wrong with either of these things, but as with anything in life: moderation is the key.
It’s easy to slip though, and recently I was slipping.
For roughly two-years I have been actively boxing to stay in shape and to relieve stress. Weather permitting I’d also go for some runs in the nearby forest. However, mid-summer this year I sustained an injury to my hand. Long story short, boxing had to stop.
My workout routine took a serious hit because I couldn’t find anything that motivated me like boxing – which I thoroughly enjoy. And let’s face it, running is boring.
I wasn’t doing very much physical activity aside from taking the dog for walks.
As a result I gained a few extra pounds, but that wasn’t the main issue. The bigger problem was that my unhealthy habits were impacting my energy levels. It became a struggle to get motivated and this in turn was having a negative effect on my approach to business.
Entrepreneurship is about finding (and maintaining) motivation.
The sad truth about being an entrepreneur is that you are only as good as your last “win”.
In the case of LearnDash, we may work months on a really great feature and immediately after its released, people want to know what’s coming up next.
But when you’re in the product space then that is pretty much par for the course. It’s to be expected.
In turn though this means that it is necessary to stay motivated in order to continually innovate. It’s an endless cycle, which is one reason why I truly believe that not everyone would necessarily enjoy owning their own business.
Towards the end of the summer my motivation was on the downward trend, and it was happening in parallel with my physical health. Mentally I was in a weird place as well. I wasn’t depressed, but rather just more negative… if that makes sense. My response to daily business and life events had a negative slant. Things just seemed “hard”.
Fortunately, I have since made a positive shift.
I’m still disappointed that I can’t participate in boxing but recently I’ve replaced it with a new challenge: P90X3. I figure that the best way to shake myself out of the funk was to commit to a structured program. If anything it would help me to start creating healthy habits again.
— Justin Ferriman (@JustinFerriman) October 24, 2017
So far so good with P90X3. I’m done with the first month. I’ve cut back on the unhealthy snacks and drinks, and I cook a bit more instead of making something in the microwave. When possible I try to get to bed at a normal hour… I could probably be better at that one.
As a result I’m feeling like I have a bit more energy to take on the daily challenges associated with business ownership. I look and feel better, and this translates to increased confidence.
It’s possible that I am not always going to be motivated and in a positive frame of mind, even if am practicing healthy habits. And you know, that’s okay. I just won’t be staying in that place.
So here’s to re-focusing on healthy habits, and to keeping them going… even through the holidays! 😯