As you advance in your career, you’ll start to notice that there is a strong correlation between keeping a healthy lifestyle and having a successful career. Long gone are the days when you could routinely pull all nighters, polishing off a bottle of tequila and escape with your career life unscathed. As we get older and our positions become more important, we can no longer bounce back from not-so-healthy behaviors without facing some repercussions.
A successful career is dependent on a healthy lifestyle, and a healthy lifestyle is dependent on a successful career. If you’re miserable at your job, your life is going to be stressful and it will eventually take a serious toll on your health. If your lifestyle is not healthy and balanced, your career will suffer and you will be stuck in a seriously afflicted catch-22.
So, where do you start? The easiest place to begin is with making a few simple changes to improve your lifestyle. Now, nobody is saying you have to give up all of your vices. The key is to make a few small changes at a time.
– Kick your bad habits. If there are any seriously detrimental habits that are getting in the way of your success, obviously this is the first place to start. If you’re staying up too late, drinking a little too much, procrastinating with take-home work, or always showing up to work late, fix these problems immediately. It may seem like a no-brainer, but sometimes we don’t realize these things are getting in the way until it’s brought to our attention.
– Get Moving. By now, we all know how important exercise is, but that doesn’t mean we all do it. If you’re not already doing it, make an effort to get some exercise in a few times a week and you’ll be surprised at the increase in energy you’ll have and the residual effect it will have throughout the day.
– Fuel up. Again, we all know how important diet is, but that doesn’t mean we pay attention to what we’re putting in our bodies. So many of us resort to eating not-so-great foods due to our hectic lifestyles and it really does take a toll on how we feel. Think of how sluggish and crappy you feel after you cave and grab a value meal as opposed to eating a nutrient dense lunch. What we eat affects how we feel and, in turn, how we perform at work.
– Choose your company wisely. There’s a saying, “If you want to be successful, surround yourself with successful people.” Spend time with people who inspire you and motivate you to be better. If there are toxic people in your life who are dragging you down, reconsider those relationships.
– Develop healthy hobbies. Don’t waste all of your time being a couch potato, (although some relaxation is perfectly fine!). Spend your free time doing things that you love and things that develop you; mind, body and spirit.
If you want to have a successful career and you want to be able to perform at your utmost potential, you’ve got to take care of yourself, both physically and mentally. Here’s to a healthy, happy and successful you!