The body and mind are intricately linked and profoundly complex systems that require constant care and mindfulness. If you disregard one area of your personal biological ecosystem, you may face knock-on effects in a seemingly unrelated area. I've realised that neglecting my health in the race to advance my business is a frivolous shortcut - we are most productive and successful when we are emotionally and physically in top form.
Fuelling up with high-quality nutrition is vital in keeping your body and mind working at their maximum potential. For a moment, imagine your body as a distribution line in a business: one weak link will disrupt the whole chain.
Good food is the “biological capital injection” vital to the entrepreneur's success. Nutritious dining won't just pay personal dividends - I passionately believe good nutrition is good business.
Here are 4 foods that I've found to be "brain fuel" for me and may help you be at your sharpest in 2014:
Scientists first noticed the benefits of oily fish by observing the Inuit tribes of Greenland and Northern Canada. Experts were intrigued that the race had an extremely low occurrence of cardiovascular disease, strokes and Alzheimer’s. It has also been proven that regular consumption of fish lowers blood pressure which in turn, will help to reduce your stress levels, making you a more productive entrepreneur. Omega-3’s also help to boost serotonin levels, ensuring your brain remains chemically balanced.
Pumpkin seeds can be eaten with just about anything. They contain zinc which has been proven to help the body to fight off colds and boost brain function. Although the exact link is unknown, some claim zinc can help to increase dopamine production which has been linked to improved motivation, enhanced decision making, and mood. In business, leaders are made (and lost) on the tough decisions they make, so the importance of foods that enhance this side of our brain can't be underestimated.
In the world of business, first impressions are vital. High amounts of vitamin A in spinach will ensure your skin remains clear and healthy. The green leafed vegetable also contains Vitamin K which ensures an optimised nervous system and a boosted brain function. It also has anti-inflammatory properties which can help those suffering from migraines (a serious detriment to your decision making process). Not feeling as sharp as you once were? This vegetable also slows age-related brain decline, keeping your mind sharp and functioning to the best of its ability.
Contrary to popular belief, the almond is not a nut. It is actually a seed of a flower closely-related to the rose family. They are the perfect snack to boost your entrepreneurial power and have a wide range of astounding health benefits. Eating 23 almonds per day will provide your body with the perfect amount of nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, vitamin E and potassium
If you are inclined to put on weight, almonds can also help. Almonds contain magnesium which helps your body regulate blood sugar levels, keeping sugar cravings at bay.
It doesn’t matter how savvy a businessman you are or how innovative your ideas become, if you're in poor health, your execution will suffer. And in business, execution is everything. On a fundamental level, your health is the most important asset you have. Protect it and invest in it.
Being an entrepreneur, we have our mundane duties: preserve cashflow, scale up volumes, build our brands. But....as Bhudda wisely said, to keep your body in good health is also a duty. You owe it to yourself, your loved ones, and to your business.
On a more uplifting note, here's a quote I'd like to leave you with this week:
The French writer and playwright John Cocteau once said, ‘The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.’ As we enter the shortest and most romantic month of the year, the inner poet in me has been roused. I am curious – can the lies in poetry reveal any truths on business?
Read more at https://www.managementtoday.co.uk/entrepreneurs-unlock-inner-poet/entrepreneurs/article/1456262#PfEcBLUP35g4bs5y.99
I walk. I walk a lot. Everyone seems to have their own style when walking. Mine is mostly a brisk kind of walk with an intense sense of purpose. But style doesn’t matter when it comes to walking – there is an incredible amount of substance in our footsteps.
The virtues of walking are extolled in writings that trace back to Classical Greece. The great physician Hippocrates, presumably an avid walker himself, left us with some profound wisdom on the subject. ‘Walking is a man’s best medicine,’ he said. I suppose the Father of Medicine had not only discovered the curative qualities of walking… but he also had an inkling of the creative power hidden in our steps.
The magic in mentoring happens behind closed doors. The mentor and mentee relationship is a deeply ‘private’ one, where in a discreet one-to-one session, master shares pearls of wisdom with his or her pupil. Personal stories are shared, picked apart, and put back together again. This ritual allows the pupil to extract the fleeting ‘secrets of success’ that are so hard to capture on one’s own. While the actual process of mentoring is shrouded in privacy, the energy created from these special relationships has tangible ‘public’ benefit.