If you’re anything like me, the prospect of a new year fills your mind and soul alike with the promise of opportunity. A new chapter in the endless pursuit of growth and fulfillment presents itself, revitalizing the spirit and refueling the proverbial tanks. So what to do with all this unfettered optimism? Where do we begin to unleash the brush that is our potential all over the blank canvas of 2017?
Well, what if I told you there was a business that you could start running today, right now in fact, that would bring you immediate fulfillment, instantaneous success and require zero startup capital?
What if every employee you hired performed their job at the highest possible level on their first day, and every growth strategy you implemented worked exactly as you had envisioned?
Well sir or madame, today is your lucky day. Because that’s not possible in business and you’re silly if you believed it was. But there is another persuasion of your life in which you can realize these kinds of results and put yourself on the fast track to genuine personal fulfillment.
I’m taking about you. You, like you, physically.
See, what I just described is how an ideal diet and exercise regime operates. Very basic inputs and outputs that react in a predictable and consistent manner. Unfortunately if our bodies were in fact businesses, most of them would be run by a bag of maniacs with absolutely no idea what, if anything, they’re trying to accomplish. But, injected with a little managerial guidance, operating your physique is about a difficult as running a kickass lemonade stand.
Among the 45% of Americans that make New Year’s resolutions, losing weight being the most frequent, only 8% follow through. So if we’re fighting an uphill battle why make it more complicated than it has to be?
If you want to get serious about your physical condition it’s important to start approaching it in the same manner you would as if you were the CEO of your own company. Every meal becomes an employee that you’re hiring to perform a specific function within your business. The benefit for you, as Chief Executive, is that you already know whether your employees will perform positively or poorly before they even start. Life’s easier when you don’t overthink it.
The same goes for the gym, this is where you build the systems on which your business will operate. Imagine knowing all the external factors and market variables that can affect your bottom line ahead of time. Armed with that type of information you almost have to try not to succeed.
When it comes down to it it’s pretty simple. If you want 2017 to be the year that you get in shape stop planning and start doing. Treat your body with some purpose and a lucid regard for the causes and effects of how it’s fueled and used on a consistent basis. Every time you sit down to eat, ask yourself what your expectations are for this employee, and what your level of confidence is in his ability to add value to your outfit. No gizmos, gadgets or extreme measures necessary.
Be conscious, be smart, act accordingly. Your waistline will thank you.