“How You Must Listen to Your Body to Be a High Performer”
- You’ve probably heard of listening to your body, your gut, aka intuition to guide you to make good, sound decisions. This is important and good to do. BUT…
- TO be a higher performer in your business and in your life, you need to learn how to listen and be very aware of your body in other ways, too.
- What time of the day do you feel supercharged, attentive and focused? Early morning, midmorning, late afternoon, maybe morning and evening?
- If you don’t know, then start paying attention to your body and focus level during different times of the day. Look for the pattern.
- Note: If you are working on projects that take a lot of concentration during your non-high performance periods, you will be working twice as hard, take longer and have a poorer outcome You’ll also more likely become more and easily frustrated and overwhelmed.
- Do you know your hunger and thirst signs? First of all, if you’ve started to feel really hungry or thirsty, then you’ve waited too long to eat or drink. Do you forget to eat or hydrate with water?
- Do realize that ignoring your body’s needs for food and water will zap your focus, concentration, ability to make good decisions, and overall productivity.
- Check in with yourself to see if you are losing focus. Do things seem harder to accomplish? It may be your body needs nourishment even though you may not “feel” hungry. Would you expect your car to run on fumes? No, but you expect it of yourself. But just as car without fuel, your body will shut down—in its own way. Maybe by signs of fatigue, boredom, or as I mentioned before, poorer focus and concentration. Or it maybe even something graver.
- Nourish and hydrate yourself well on a regular basis. Set an alarm if necessary.
- Do you feel pain in your body? In your neck, back, legs? Do you notice your shoulders sloping forward as you are hunched over your computer or phone? Do you slouch at the desk, when you’re sitting?
- Start taking regular breaks to stand up and stretch your body, and especially your back.
- Take a brisk walk or do some form of exercise at least 3 times a week.
- Do you feel fatigued? Are you getting at least 7 hours of quality sleep? Sleep deprivation is a major cause of poor productivity—poor cognitive abilities, poor decision making, frustration, irritability.
- Check your sleep habits if you have difficulty focusing and getting things done.
- Consider taking a short power nap.
CHALLENGE: Start paying attention to your body in this new way. Your body is talking to you all the time. Being productive so you can create a joyful life and business is more than just “doing.” You need to take really good care of your body. If you are having challenges in any of these areas, take some action, including seeking a professional. You can ignore the signs your body is giving you; but the signals will just get louder and louder until you end up in bed, wiped out, or worse. If you are sleep deprived, for example, you can’t be fully productive. This is your time. Your life. Your business. Take care of yourself.
Go out there–choose to live your life fully, show the world your love, and create the joyful life and business you love and deserve.
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