Health: mental, physical, emotional. It’s something you’re probably tired of reading and talking about, but hear us out on this one. It’s something that controls your life, even when you don’t think it might be. Your health is crucial to be thinking about, day in and day out. It has a huge affect on your business, whether or not you’re aware of it. Taking care of yourself ultimately means taking care of your business and those who work for you.
You’re probably thinking, “Health? What does it have to do with my business?” Trust us, we get it. It might not make sense yet, but it will.
We know just how hard it is to schedule in enough time to relax, let alone eat, sleep, and breathe as a working professional and business owner. All of these things, though, are super important to your overall health, your mental wellbeing, and can ultimately affect your business or your professional work. As much as you invest in your business and work, you have to invest in your body, your wellness, and your mind to be able to continue on your path to success.
Let us ask you this. How is it possible to successfully run a healthy business, let alone grow that a business, if the people in charge of that growth are not growing personally and keeping themselves healthy?
It’s pretty damn near impossible, let us tell you that much.
Your business is a tree. You, the CEO, the owner, whatever your title, are the roots, deeply planted into the ground. Your employees are still part of your roots, but are the parts that are visible to others in the dirt and connected to the base of your tree. Your work, the trunk of the tree, is just as important as the pieces below, and above it. The consumers of your work are all parts of the branches, the stems, and the leaves as they utilize your services and help expand your business, or your tree cover.
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If you, the deepest part of the root are not healthy, as in physically, mentally and emotionally sound and thriving, that affects the rest of your tree. From the ground up. Your employees, your work, your branches, your stems, your leaves, are all infected. This is why it’s so important to take care of your health from the ground up, starting with you.
Taking care of yourself is like nurturing your tree.
To regain or maintain your health, start with doing things you enjoy. If you’re worn out, your tree is going to feel and show it. Exercise, mental health days, even some form of therapy can be super beneficial to you and your business. Staying on top of your personal health can result in so much growth. This automatically overflows into your business, feeding your tree good health and good energy.
It’s hard to make sure your mind and body are in tip-top shape all of the time, but there’s something empowering about taking control of the things you can for your own benefit. This ultimately benefits your work, your business, and everyone around you. The way you take care of yourself seeps into the way you take care of your business, and further more, into the people around you, your employees, and your clients and customers.
Our CEO, Brian, recommends a short, life-changing read called “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz, and he’d love to tell you about it. It helps in creating a new approach to the challenges we face in life and in business. One of his favorite things to do to relax and ground himself is meditation, guided by Headspace, or solo. To be aligned in your mind is to be aligned in yourself, your health, your motivations, and your business.
Now that Michigan Creative sounds super “out there,” we can promise we’re not. We are so passionate in making sure our bodies and minds are our top priority, even though it’s hard to find a balance between life and work. It’s important to find your own version of health. It affects everything, including your business. Take care of yourself from the inside out, just like you would your business.