Healthy doesn’t equal whole.
Bear with me on this one…I’m pretty healthy (if you forget about about the whole surgical menopause and no estrogen thing). I workout 4+ times a week, I eat really, really well. I drink lots of water and drink alcohol only on occasion. I had my first child before 30, and breast fed both my children. I weigh a little more than I did in high school, but I’m also an inch taller than I was at graduation. I get a decent sleep most nights and, to be fair, I don’t have loads of stress in my life.
Healthy, right? But not whole.
I’m not whole – there are a lot of things my body can’t do now. I am missing some vital pieces, and I need a gazillion supplements (pills) each day. I use a multi-vitamin, take calcium and vitamin D, probiotics, and a couple other things that make me feel better each day. And yet I eat healthy (really healthy), I exercise and I do everything you are supposed to do.
Healthy doesn’t equal whole
Supplements aren’t a bad thing – they help, actually. And I use them facilitate the success of my body and it’s functions.
Business is no different. In fact, I’m struck by the similarities between a successful business and a successful body/weight/lifestyle.
Let’s look at it this way: to succeed, a business needs constant, healthy nourishment. It needs to move, it needs to rest, it needs to be monitored frequently and it needs supplements for some things it can’t get any other way. I was struck this morning, as I took my pills, at how differently my mind works when it comes to business vs. my personal health goals.
With my business, I can see where things aren’t working and change them. Some things I notice right away, others creep up on me, but I’m vigilant and I do the work needed for success.
Why is it, then, that I (and probably you too) don’t have the same awareness of our bodies and health. I’m gonna go out on a limb and tell you that I fight a 10 pound battle. I feel like I’m about 10 pounds heavier than I want to be and I work like a maniac to try and change that. But I get frustrated, I sabotage myself with chocolate or really good bread. I get mad and stay in bed instead of going to the gym, all because I feel like I’m on a losing streak. This gets in my head and I shut down.
Truth is, I’m a self indulgent, self sabotaging, baby when it comes to my weight. A big old baby.
If I stomped my feet and ate chocolate every time something happened in my business it would fail. Sure, it could last for a while, but failure would come. So why do I treat my body and mind any differently?
It’s about trial and error – sticking something out long enough to see if it works and if it doesn’t, changing something. It’s about knowing I’m on the right track, but that I might have a detour or a bump. It’s about sucking it up, putting on my big girl pants, and getting it done, whether I like it or not. It’s about shifting the story in my head and writing a new one. I can write, right?
And so today, supplements in hand, I pledge to forgive myself, make the changes I need to make, and go to bed each night knowing I did my best. Like my business, my health is a long term project that will face setbacks and unexpected changes. As a responsible business owner, I have to deal with those head on, fixing what I can, and working around what I can’t. I will ask for help and not be ashamed to need it and I will keep trying, sure in the knowledge that trying is all I can do.
Sometimes what it obvious to others takes time for you to see. See it. Own it. Do it.
And forgive yourself along the way.