Entrepreneurial tips #9
Garbage in, garbage out. You’ve heard that. The term comes from computer science, and it makes sense. Of course if you put the wrong stuff in, you’ll get the wrong stuff out.
But it also applies to humans. And for us, it’s even worse.
Put the wrong stuff in your body—snacks, soda—and you get lazy as well as overweight and unhealthy. Worse—your brain turns to mush. Domino effect.
If your body’s not working right, it means your mind’s not working right—which means you’re not working right. And that isn’t good.
So how can you prevent it? Try some of these:
SLEEP ENOUGH—There is a temptation when you are a driven individual with a business to run and a family, etc. to short yourself on sleep. Don’t. Not everyone needs the same amount. But we all need sleep. Get you some! If you work out hard, remember that your body is repairing itself when you’re sleeping. No sleep means no repair.
EAT RIGHT—You don’t have to go crazy and stop everything and just eat tofu. Start by cutting out known bad things a little at a time, especially at work. I started by cutting out sugar–no soda, no snacks and, the hardest of all, no sugar in my coffee. Then I cut out dairy; again, coffee being the hardest part for me. Next I gave up most processed foods and, at one point, I even gave up meat for a few months. I added a ton of fruits and veggies. None of that happened overnight. I took it one step at a time.
GET OUTSIDE—Depending on where you live, this could be easy or difficult year round, but you need to do it. There’s no substitute for fresh air and sunshine (remember—the sun is always out, even if it’s not sunny). Walk around. You’ll feel better. And you’ll think better.
EXERCISE—Duh. If you feel sluggish, get moving! Get outside (see ^ above), get to the gym or do some exercise at work. Doesn’t have to be an intense, physically demanding balls-out workout (although mine are!)—you just need to do something. And it’s amazing what a positive, immediate effect even a little exercise will have on your body and your mind.
DO RESEARCH—I’m not a doctor, so I asked mine. I also asked my chiropractor. And I read books. About diet, about nutrition, about sleep, about exercise, even about breathing…there’s information all over the place. Find it. Use it.
Even when you do these things, if you have a busy schedule and are up early, you may still get a little fatigued around noon or one or two. It’s natural to “hit a wall” during the workday (just like in a marathon). Heres my advice: