What Makes Us More Confident, Happier, and More Energetic? No Not That!

Apr 15, 2010, Written by Sue Miley

I read a ton.  Seriously.  Books, blogs, bible studies…..

In the past three weeks I have read three different people write how physical health makes a difference in our business as well as just life.

I don’t exercise.  I never really have engaged in any type of regular program.  I have had spurts of exercise.  In college when I broke up with a guy after two years.  After I had my babies.  At least long enough to get back into my regular clothes.  Occasionally if I am super stressed I will go on what I call an “exercise spree”.  These have never lasted more than 2 weeks, so I guess I have stress under control.

The reason these people say physical health is important to our business is because it affects our emotions and our mind so dramatically.  If we are physically fit and healthy we feel better about ourselves.  If we feel better about ourselves, we are more confident, “happier”, and have more energy.  Don’t you prefer to do business with confident, energetic and happy people.

I guess there might be someone out there that would rather a meek, depressed, anemic business consultant, hair dresser, fitness trainer, banker, or check-out lady.  Come on…everyone prefers the former!

Which do you want to be?  How would your business improve if you were humbly confident (yes, you can be both)?  Would your customers/clients notice if you took your energy up a notch?  Wouldn’t your family benefit if you were happier?

Of course, for me, all of the forces are ganging up on me with my physical health.  First, I want to rally a group to enter the Tortoise and Hair 5k run/1k walk.  This is a fundraiser for the National Alopecia Foundation.  My 16 year old daughter has alopecia and although we don’t run, someone at church thought it would be neat to have a team.  I have people emailing me back that they are going to enter their 5 and 8 year old kids to walk with them.  I was going to just be a cheerleader.  But, if the 5 and 8 year old can walk a mile, shouldn’t I????

Then yesterday, really, our family health club membership statement came in for renewal.  I don’t think the Miley family has entered the health club in 6 months, but if I don’t renew then I am basically saying…..”We are not going to get physically fit this year!”

For someone who has paid health club dues for decades without going…this would seem like a final defeat.

There are other things in addition to exercise one can do to be healthier and more physical fit.  I actually do a lot of these:

  • get good sleep
  • eat healthy foods
  • get adequate sunshine and fresh air
  • don’t smoke
  • limit alcohol, desserts and sodas

Too add icing to the cake (which I am not eating), my bible study I am participating in is talking about the Ark of God.  Last week it referenced how our body is a temple for God.  Great….how can I let the Creator of the Universe reside in this body!

Okay, so focusing on my physical health will

  • help me feel better
  • give me more energy
  • help me feel happier
  • be better for business
  • good for fund raising
  • create a better home for the Creator of the Universe

I guess I will sign-up for the Tortoise and Hair walk and renew my health club membership today…How about you?

P.S.  If you live in the Baton Rouge area and want to sign-up for the Tortoise and Hair walk or run — join our team.  It is called River Runs for Rachel!

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Sue Miley

Sue Miley MBA, MA, LPC helps small business owners build successful businesses on a foundation of Christian values. After 20 years in business, and 10 years as a Christian counselor, Sue uses a combination of faith, business and psychology to help clients in business and in life.

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