Ever wonder why some of the most successful people in the world are religiously devoted to exercise and wellbeing? Why, no matter where they are in the world or how much they’ve got going on in the office, they will set aside some time, every day, to go to the gym or to get some sort of exercise done?
Let me tell you why. It’s because nobody who operates at the highest levels, be it in the corporate world, politics, finance or cinema, can possibly maintain a highly productive lifestyle and stay healthy unless they are in a good place, both mentally and physically.
Our bodies will only cope for so long with the unending demands of a high-flying job.
Your health is your armour
Hard work invariably precedes success. And, just as I know that you lot are madly ambitious, I’m sure you’ll appreciate when I say that insanely hard work must precede screaming success.
But diligence alone will not guarantee a successful outcome. You will have to fight. A lot. In fact, the more so the higher you aim.
The climb to the top is treacherous and beset with opposing forces, many of which will find no greater pleasure than seeing you fail.
Like a warrior must protect himself or herself in battle, so must you in your quest to become the man or woman you aim to become. Your health is your armour. It shields you against the vicissitudes of very demanding roles.
Be equally ambitious about your well-being
Combine long works hours, little sleep, a string of meetings, various events and loads of international flights together and you endanger your health. Unless checked, it can even lead to early death.
A few years ago I was traveling to Mumbai regularly to see my clients and there were times I’d only stay for a day before flying right back to London. During that period, I’d also be flying to various cities in Europe a few times a week for day trips. So much of my time was spent on the road that the weekends often served as an opportunity to either catch up on work I’d fallen behind on or to crash in bed. To make matters worse, on most of those trips there was always an abundance of food and drink thrown my way. Much of it unhealthy. It was, very simply, U-N-S-U-S-T-A-I-N-A-B-L-E.
I was not interested in reducing my workload so it meant I was left with only one option: to look after myself and prioritise my health.
- I made it a point to exercise daily in any way, shape or form, even if it meant doing push-ups and sit-ups in my hotel room; going for a jog around Colaba or Dubai Marina, at night. The great thing about jogging is that it’s easy. All you need is a pair of running shoes!
- Also, I started paying attention to the things I put in my body. No alcohol. Lots of water. No second helpings of food. No sweets or deserts.
So remember. If you have high ambitions then look after your health and your body.