It’s already the middle of the week and I just posted about an amazing honor that Carrie and I received when we were presented with the Women Rising award at this year’s Women’s Business Development Gala
We were among just 13 other female owned businesses throughout the state recognized at the event which had over 750 people (and I had to give a speech to boot!)
There were some amazing people in the audience who were at the highest levels of their companies like Deloitte, Goldman Sachs and many others.
We sat at the table with the Mayor of Stamford (who took up a lot of elbow room) and other state reps who asked us about our business
And almost everyone had the same reaction when we talked about Organic Fitness and our mission, to help busy over achievers overcome their work, life stress to get fit and stay healthy
“Oh, that sounds like me”
“I need that too where do I sign up”
Or “I’ve been struggling with that for years”
It didn’t matter their age or gender, they all said they needed help putting work aside and making time for their health
And the best part is Carrie and I work hard to NOT be in that category too, so we know what it’s like.
Owning our own business is amazing, rewarding work- but it also doesn’t stop
And if we’re not planning, prepping, scheduling and making sure it happens, it can be easy to let workouts slide, get caught up for hours doing mindless internet stuff or zone out on Netflix
A big part of our success in business, in maintaining our fitness, and connecting with our students in having a beginners mind
The mindset that everyday is a learning experience and once you think “you know it’s time to check yourself before you wreck yourself
Having a beginners mind is how you get stronger, it’s how you have a better connection with people, and a great rule for life in general because it’s about growth
If you don’t have what you want from your health, body, confidence level and overall happiness then maybe you Don’t know, maybe you don’t have all the answers (like you do at work)
Maya Angelou said it best:
“I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life.”
If you’re life right now is making a living
Instead of living your life
Something somewhere is going to give
Unfortunately it’s often your health
Putting your health, fitness and well being ahead of everything else will only magnify what you’re able to do out there in the world
The Romans had it right with their philosophy of Mens sana in corpore translated as “a healthy mind in a healthy body”.
This was the ultimate ideal in the Roman world because it was thought that the strength of one increases the strength of the other.
Anyone who lifts weights regularly can tell you the mental clarity that is experienced after a good session, studies show you’re more productive post workout, more relaxed, and experience better moods.
The side effects of regular rigorous exercise being weight loss, heightened libido, more lean muscle, increased strength, increased levels of confidence and higher level of enjoyment in life
Who doesn’t want that?
So reflecting on it now it made sense to me when I was speaking to all these high level professionals with expensive suits and jewelry
The one thing they can’t buy or get from their social status at work is their health
And in fact their trading one for the other, when it doesn’t have to be that way
You get to decide what takes priority in your life, and the top priority should be YOU!
Yours in Strength,
P.S> If this sounds like you and you want to know the options, how to get healthy and navigate work and life, contact us and let me know what you’re struggling with and I’ll personally answer you with some strategies that we use everyday to help our students.