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Why your health is crucial to your success

Why your health is crucial to your success

Give me all the money in the world and I would return it, stupidly some may say, for a life filled with fitness, health and happiness.

My theory being that if you hold those three of life’s gifts close to your heart, the money will follow.

Don’t worry be happy

Don’t get me wrong, I also believe in hard work and people’s innate ability to turn a great idea into a successful one, but health and happiness make the day-to-day processes easier. They allow you to turn up for work feeling fresh and invigorated.

As we all know, happiness is a different state of mind for each and every one of us. Loud music makes me happy; so too does soft music, classical music and jazz. All music pretty much makes me happy, except for country music (ironically my father’s name is Alan Jackson) and hippity hop –neither genre I understand.

To others, jazz may equate to water torture. They prefer the sound of silence. They wake up in the morning and say, ‘hello silence my old friend’.

Whatever float’s your boat. If it makes you happy, it doesn’t matter what other people think. You’ll be in a gadda da vida, baby!

Wellbeing is infectious

I have a friend who started the Paleo diet a couple of years ago. It’s not something I could do, I like spaghetti Bolognese too much and I’d rather do three sprint sessions and a boxing session during the week.

He says he is feeling as strong and fit as he ever has and this was a guy who at school was pretty damn fit and strong.

He’s a photographer in New Jersey now and he says since he took on the diet he has more energy and is able to service his clients better. His clients loved him before, now they love him more. I am going to shamelessly plug him here.

It’s a mindset thing. His mind is clear. Therefore his work has clarity. Ipso facto his energy is transferred to his clients. Everybody wins.

Being whole

I recently read the blog of Megan McDonough. Megan is the CEO of the Wholebeing Institute and a champion of positive psychology. The article was titled Practicing Perspective and it is about choice: about clearing the mind and creating space – which is something essential to wellbeing.

Megan writes, “Taking a walk in nature or sitting under the star-filled night sky opens perspective, giving us a sense of our physical place in an immense space. Reading literature or looking at art, being with a dear friend, or just having a good belly laugh each expands our perspective, opening up choices that were invisible before.”

We all know that life is about making the right choices. When we make good choices, which my mother tells my three-year-old daughter on weekly basis, we open up the door to happiness and then ultimately success.

So take the time to look after yourself. If you are stressed, do something you enjoy. Do something that brings a positive spin to your day. Go skiing in Aspen. Shout until you’re hoarse for your favourite football team. Read a book. Listen to Simon and Gurfunkle or Soundgarden. And then take that positive energy and transfer it to others – your friends, your work colleagues and everyone else who is willing to listen.

Success follows happiness, health and wellbeing. To prove my point just read the following blogs:

1.     Mile Posts

2.     Grit By Brit

3.     Mind Body Green

4.     TED

5.     Live Hard

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comments ( 4 )
  • Martina
    07 Sep 2015

    Can' t agree more with this article! Losing your health because of your exhausting professional growth will make your life worthless.

    Today, many people regularly go to psychologists. They go here, because of mental disorders, illnesses, stress, they don' t like their lives and are getting bored of it, they are not loved, don' t have motivation, they are in permanent depression and lost.
    These people are those, who have believed in theory that they NEED to do something, in order to HAVE something.

    I believe we live in time of abudance and it is shame not to use this unique opportunity to choose to do what makes you happy. In order to achieve both professional and personal succes we need to discover our true PASSION. Passion is the only way how you can shine and give everything out of yourself. Feeling and living meaningfully, this is all about it...

  • Errol
    31 May 2015

    I need to to thank you for this excellent read!! I absolutely loved
    every bit of it. I have got you book-marked to check out new stuff you post…

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    20 May 2015

    I love it whenever people get together and share
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  • Maddie
    02 Mar 2015

    Love this blog and couldn't agree more. Ever since I changed my diet to be more of whole foods and organic produce I can already see a change in my overall lifestyle. Being a hyper active person I would find that I was getting exhausted doing the small things in life and stress was making it worse. Since changing up my lifestyle and my diet in particular, I am more active, happier and happiness is infectious in my opinion!! I can work harder and achieve better results from my trainings and studies and loving how my attitude has changed alongside it!!