One of the key challenges and frustrations for a business owner is how to maintain high energy levels and the strength that is needed when the business is going through a major change.
Unfortunately, many CEOs do not make this a priority in their lives, because taking care of your personal health and well being can easily get lost in the shuffle of a busy day. The thing is, we don’t appreciate what we have until we lose it!
I had this experience some years ago, just as I was really succeeding. I was going from one big contract on to the next, selling high-ticket IT services, and taking on more and more responsibility. Then, through experiencing a loss in my family, my mental state and health spiraled down at an alarming rate. It took many more months to recover from that set back both personally, and as a result, professionally.
During that time my business was definitely compromised. I lost my motivation and had to take time away from an over-committed daily agenda because I was not well and I struggled to function effectively in the business. Had I known then what I know now, I would have ensured I took care of my body and mind first thing in the morning. That would have given me the extra capacity to handle my work and life during this rough time. But, instead, I was reacting rather than responding. I was closed to taking on new opportunities and I had to overcome these set backs, as a result.
We all have lessons to learn in life, and this was a major life lesson for me: Take care of my health as it’s the foundation for my success.
As your business grows it is essential to give yourself the gift of time and reflection just for you in the morning. One of my CEO clients made a commitment to rise at 4am and spend one hour on reading and inner reflection. It has made a massive difference to his business and he reports he can now think more clearly. All of this has opened his mind to generate better ideas for new opportunities.
An acronym I share on group calls with clients when it comes to taking care of health and energy is remembering the 4 Fs:
Let’s go through what the 4 Fs are and how you can use them for increased energy and well-being.
This is about taking time to reflect, meditate, or pray for 5 to 10 minutes each morning. You can do this for longer if you have the time. If you are not into meditation, you could read something that will inspire or motivate you. I call this “training for the mind”. Create a workout for your mind to install positive, uplifting thoughts and feelings first thing each morning, or as often as possible. You’ll be building your focus and training your brain to zone in on making your day the kind you want everyday. (Bonus points for writing your positive thoughts down to reinforce them longer!)
A flexible body means a flexible mind. I ensure I do some kind of stretching each morning for a few minutes. Basic Yoga stretches is a great way to start an exercise routine and to warm up the body. Or simply create your own stretching routine for a few minutes. There are a number of great resources on YouTube such as Yoga With Adriene, that are free to access. If you prefer, go for a morning walk around your neighborhood upon waking, and just take a few minutes to get the blood flowing and your eyes looking out to the horizon. It will get your energy going and is ideal to get your circadian rhythm aligned for a great day.
Fortitude means building your strength. Ideally you want to use some weights to push and create resistance for the body. This really helps to release positive chemicals in the body, which is great for dealing with stress. When the heart is pumping, positive chemicals are released to handle the stress responses later in the day. If you don’t like weight training then try some basic push ups, squats, or doing a yoga plank position for core body strength. You can always google ‘Month Long Plank Challenge’ and discover some excellent 30-day challenges to build core strength, which will help your entire body and mind grow stronger. And of course, there’s always that new gym membership if you just need a bit more motivation and company to get back into building yourself up.
Doing exercise is great. However, there is a saying “You are what you eat”. The body needs certain nutrients and supplements to help it perform properly throughout the day. And, if you are exercising, you need the right kind of food to recover quickly and maintain higher energy levels. The body requires alkaline foods, such as vegetables and fruits, though most of us eat more acid-based diets. Drinking alcohol or coffee, or eating too many breads, cakes, pastas, or refined or sugary foods will mean you’re eating many more acidic forms of food than the body needs.
If there is too much acid in the system then we get tired often, we struggle to stay focused, and, if acid builds up in our systems, this causes diseases and illnesses in our body. Our physical and mental health relies on alkaline-based foods, such as all the green foods that grow out of the ground. Examples of great alkaline choices are broccoli, kale, cucumber, avocado and various fruits.
What I do personally after a morning work out is make a green shake with some vegetables and fruits and then drink that down. The body feels replenished and my energy is set for the day.
Successful people and successful businesses understand that having a system is what leads to repeatable and growing success and achievements. There are systems for studying, making money, building businesses, and clearly also systems to build or maintain higher energy and health levels. Applying a simple system, such as the 4Fs my CEO clients enjoy incorporating into their day, can make all the difference to your success, too. Consider some of the benefits of following this 4Fs approach:
Why not reflect on the 4Fs approach and see how you can integrate some, if not all 4 approaches above to help raise your personal energy? Chances are excellent doing so will mean you will witness further growth in your business due to being able to embrace more and better opportunities.
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As technology develops at an accelerating pace today, CEOs and business leaders run the risk of being left behind. It seems there is ever more pressure to make strategy and system changes, just to keep up with the lightening speed of their markets.
We find that business leaders are either in heavy “transition” or “transformation” mode, as a result. They report to us it’s nearly impossible to keep up with today’s innovative trends, brought about by the innovations of artificial intelligence and robotics into business systems. Companies such as Facebook, Google, and Amazon are introducing leveraged technologies with conversation bots, augmented reality, AI systems, network sensors, and so much more. And, our clients are looking for their edge more than ever.
Business owners are being forced to make very important changes to stay relevant. In many cases there are no clear frameworks for leaders to make the deliberate jump to the next level for their organisations. At the same time, while dealing with all this external change, many CEOs and business leaders are striving to become the next better version of themselves as leaders and people, but often they don’t know how or where to start to make all these important changes.
Reading about or talking about transforming is one thing, but actually embodying and feeling the transformation to ensure it sticks is a totally different ball game.
To make lasting transformations in life and business requires rigorous inner game changing. This means lots of mental awareness and practice. Once the inner game changes, the outer-world game is impacted in a more positive and sustainable way. The key to transformation is working on changing one’s inner consciousness to clear up any inner sabotage that stops or slows you down as a leader.
We have coached a number of CEOs, and the feedback that we receive is that at times it’s too easy to lose perspective of the bigger vision. It’s a challenge to fully separate thoughts from feelings.
A key area for CEOs is to focus on the highest leverage opportunities and have the cognitive awareness to be open to opportunity, while someone can keep them accountable throughout the process. It’s important to monitor and manage the shifts along the way so that optimal choices are made at each point in the journey, to be able to learn quickly from setbacks or failures.
Coaching and supporting a CEO not only helps the CEO stay motivated to take action. Taking lots of actions is one thing, but also cultivating awareness to know how to navigate the roadblocks and emotional pains is another. It requires the skills of awareness and mental re-framing so that the business leader has cleared the path to make their desired transition or transformation.
A transition could be to raise the profit levels of the business by 40%. A transformation would be bigger such as taking a few transition steps to systemize the business so as to raise the profit levels with the ultimate purpose of selling the business within 2 years. This is a more radical but powerful growth cycle for a CEO and all who are part of the business. Therefore, coaching and support is significantly different between a transition to raise profits versus a transformation to systemizing and selling the business.
Support in a transition tends to require less time compared to a transformation. A transformation is like building the next floor of a high rise. The transition part is ensuring the concrete posts and simple framework is in place before the full implementation of the floor is initiated like with the windows, office partitions, design, furniture, technology etc. I use the metaphor to better illustrate the differences between a transition and transformation when it comes to how we address the inner and outer world work we do with our CEO clients.
If you are ready for that next level it’s important to know if it is a transition or transformation you are after. Also it’s important to have the tools, mindset approach, and a sense of the right kind of framework in order to step up to that next level.
Wanting and hoping for a transformation is one thing but doing the work, handling the mental and emotional changes when going through a transformational dilemma, and getting acclimatized to the new levels of progress requires commitment and courage. It also requires both inner work AND outer work, whether you’re seekingor a successful and sustainable transition or transformation.
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