Entrepreneurial Energy: If You Don't Drive Your Business, No One Will
Keeping Your Vitality So You Can Run Your Business
Energy drives the economy, but I'm not talking about petroleum here. What really drives the economy is entrepreneurship, which requires personal vitality on the part of the entrepreneur. It's less about physical resources, like oil, and more about the personal resources of the people who marshall those physical elements to create businesses and drive the world.
Whether running a business is your full-time gig, or you're building an online enterprise after-hours to supplement your income, you need the kind of hard-charging energy you see in successful leaders. Burn-out looms around every corner. So take care of yourself. Don't be dismissive of the idea that if you don't drive your business, no one will, and you'll be out whatever you've already invested in it!
That said, you can't afford a time-consuming health regimen. Instead, think of how you can protect your vitality "on the fly" (the way you do everything when you're running a business), and start right now with five things that will make a difference:
How's your diet these days?
Stop eating junk. Fast food, as we think of it in America, usually is much more fast than food. You don't have to go on a special diet, just stop eating junk (and you know what junk is). Get some protein and veggies every day - and you can usually do that fairly conveniently.
Move your body.
I know how easy it is to get stuck behind a desk. But you must not let that go on for too long. Find some workout you can stand to do, and start with just twenty minutes a day. There are workout programs out there that can be done on the fly; if you don't have time to research them, just find a twenty-minute jogging loop you can do, or even an exercise routine you can do in your office to get your blood flowing and your heart rate up.
Drink more water.
Drink at least 64 ounces a day. This is easy. Don't blow it off.
Get more sleep.
You need eight hours. Find a way to get them every day. If you can't, it's not ideal, but that's all the more reason you need to do these four other things in a disciplined, consistent way.
Take a good multi-vitamin.
I recommend a liquid nutraceutical that's formulated to make sure your body absorbs the good stuff on a cellular level. If you can only take one supplement, make it something like that.
I'm not going to tell you not to be stressed - stress is a necessary part of anyone's life, but probably even more a necessary part of the life of an entrepreneur. I will tell you that you can mitigate your stress with these five simple changes in your routine. Don't have an energy crisis: take care of yourself so you can burn it up without burning out.