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:
Before we jump straight back on the hamster wheel after the summer holidays, we should take a deep breath to pause, look inwards, and ask some fundamental ‘life’ questions. How do we take to our day to day lives the mental clarity we felt while standing atop that Mediterranean cliff edge? To answer this question, I’ve sought inspiration from Buddhist thinking
The recent World Cup in Russia has left me inspired. But being more of a ‘business nut’ than a ‘football nut’, I can’t help but try to draw the parallels between the two. Football, like the world it exists in, can be as beautiful, or as ugly, as complex, or as simple as you want it to be. Like business, it requires strategy, grit, determination, humility, and smarts.
There’s something special about the number 100. In sports, the American football field is 100 yards long. In science, 100 degrees Celsius is the boiling temperature of water at sea level. In finance, most currencies are divided into 100 subunits. So, when a high growth start-up I invested in five years ago increases in value by 100 times, for me, it is a special moment…and worth pausing to write about.
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?
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