Baseball season is officially over with the Kansas City Royals winning the World Series- it's off season for baseball. What does that have to do with you? Well, nothing really! That's the point. The players can rest, relax, maybe even catch a long awaited vacation at Disneyland before getting ready for next season.
Everyday people like you have to be "on" for all seasons, not just one. You have to perform at your best all the time whether it's at the office or at home, in your relationships and everything else you do. You probably don't get a yearly break like professional sports players do, do you?
But why is it then, that you apply few, if any sports training strategies in your life? “One big difference between business and sports is that in sports you only have to be at the peak of your performance on event day, but in business you have to try to be at the peak of your performance every day.” David Patchell-Evans, CEO GoodLife Fitness
1. Watch your Weight. Increasing weight not only slows you down, but it creates some business specific challenges, too. Unfair? Yep, but real. In a 2005 executive-job Web site survey of more than 1,000 executives earning more than $100,000 a year, 75 percent of registered survey respondents characterized excess weight as a "serious career impediment," according to who conducted the survey.
2. Stress and Diminishing Returns. Even the most devoted professionals will suffer if they too-exclusively devote their lives to unrelenting career demands. The main problem? Stress.
When you don't allow time for activities that help you resist and recover from stress (like exercise and relaxation), you open yourself up to a plethora of mental and physical ills. And ironically, they can have an overwhelmingly negative impact on the very career you are trying so heroically to advance.
3. Fitness is the Key. Getting regular exercise is a critical factor in helping your body rise to mental and physical challenges that could otherwise drag you under. Physical exercise helps you manage your energy and moods more effectively, so that you can handle more with greater ease, and experience less stress to begin with.
* Segments respectfully excerpted from Experience Life Magazine "Fit for Success" March 2006