Well, this morning I’m going to sound like an old fart on a soapbox and lecture you on taking care of yourself. Yeah, this is the conversation one of your grandparents or parents might have had with you, but you didn’t retain it!
This is just a short post, so stay with me. Here’s the point, I’m older than most of you and you’re just going to have to trust me when I remind you that your health is everything! Seriously, nothing else will matter if you don’t take care of yourself and no matter how much success you’re focused on financially, you won’t be happy if you don’t feel good enough to enjoy it.
A month or so ago Sheila and I started walking every morning and we’re usually out for an hour, starting at 7:30. We got our bikes cleaned up and on alternate days, they come out of the garage. We started watching our diet as well.
There were two primary reasons…first we wanted to get back in shape and were tired of feeling tired. Second though, is the reason most of you will relate to…I sit at a computer all day. I don’t get up enough and I keep reading articles about people getting blood clots from being too stationary for long periods of time. Sheila even found information that walking an hour every day can help counter long stretches of inactivity.
And here’s another point…I have a lousy family history. Between both sides of my family there’s a history of high blood pressure, diabetes, gout, cancer, Alzheimer’s and heart disease. I remember a great line from good buddy Joe Buissink once when he said, “You can hide from a lot of things, but not bad genes!”
So, on this gorgeous Sunday morning in south Florida, I want to plant a seed. Many of you are working the hardest you’ve ever worked in your life. You deserve happiness, achieving your goals but not at the risk of your health. Take some time throughout the day – get away from your computer and exercise, watch your calorie intake, drink at least 64 ounces of water every day and get enough sleep. Your body is like a bank account and everybody has a minimum amount of sleep you need each night. While it varies from person to person, you still need to make sure you don’t overdraw your account!
Hey, I warned you that I was going rogue this morning and while it’s a long way from photography, it’s dead on in terms of one of the key ingredients to success in any business…staying healthy!