The secret to business success is a dwarf goat
I have many clients who come to me for help with their business or professional career. They come from many paths of life and each person’s issue is unique. Some need to balance their energy, remove blocks and help them heal familiar and soul karma so that they may move forward in their professional life. Others come specifically for concrete business advice – setting goals, taking specific actions, identifying resources, overcoming obstacles and so on.
One aspect of business that I do not hear many clients talk about, at least initially, is personal health.
Yet, good health is essential to business success because disease is a distraction and a drain. Be it a simple cold, headache, stiff back, heartburn, insomnia or something more serious such as a ulcer or lyme disease, when we are ill our energy goes toward dealing with the disease rather than toward feeding our goals.
Early on in my own journey I understood that my health holds the key to my success. I decided to invest in my health in the same way as I would invest in any business venture.
I am lucky in that I had never experienced serious health issues. However I did have my share of annoyances and obstacles. While in my twenties and early thirties, I experienced intermittent migraines and fatigue. Every other month or so I would catch a cold which would put me out of commission for several days. My joints hurt often, not a huge deal, but a distraction and drain nonetheless.
I knew that if I wanted to bring my life to the point where I could do what I want and when I want, my health had to be such that it would allow me to work efficiently with as little down time as possible.
I started to consciously invest time and money into my health. Each year I set aside several thousand dollars for my private “Dina Health Fund.” I used that money for acupuncture, nutritionist, allergy specialist, detox programs, naturopathic doctors, yoga membership, national parks passes (for hiking), good quality sneakers, meditation classes, vacations and sessions with a personal trainer.
For the last ten years I invested consciously and deliberately into my own health and now the results speak for themselves. In my 40’s, I weigh less than I had in my 20’s. I no longer have joint pain, my headaches are gone and my immunity is such that even if I catch a cold, I am down for about a day instead of the customary 3-4 days.
I still put money aside into my “Dina Health Fund” and I do not hesitate to spend as much money as necessary to maintain my health at optimal level. I may forgo a new dress or a dinner out or an expensive bottle of wine, but I never skimp on anything that will help me feel my best.
And money is not the only thing that I put into my fund. I also invest time, quite a bit actually. I go hiking several times a week, I practice yoga, I run, I lift weights. I also meditate and perform other self nurture activities. Sometimes I’ll go to the movies, visit with friends, go to the zoo (where I took the above picture) or get out of town specifically so I can clear my head.
I feel no guilt about spending time or money on my physical health and on my mental health. In fact, I view health investment as the highest returning investment I could ever make.
As I look back over the years, the benefits far outweigh the costs, monetarily and time wise. I do not need as much sleep as I needed in my 30’s. I wake up rested and ready to start my day. I can focus well, which allows me to perform my work efficiently and correctly. I no longer need to veg out in front of TV in order to regain my energy and composure. Don’t get me wrong, I love the stupid box. But I now choose when I watch it, it does not choose me.
All in all I would say that I gained three to five days each month because I no longer get sick, I complete my tasks faster and I do not waste time in front of the TV.
This I say to you, do the math and invest into your own health as you would into any business venture. You will reap the benefits of this investment for the rest of your life.