How Diet and Exercise Can Spell Success at Work
Fri, 11/09/2012 - 4:26pm | by Guest Contributor
You might not think that what goes on in your personal life has any bearing on your successes or failures at work, but in fact, the two are closely linked. For all that people talk about separating business and pleasure, it is almost impossible to truly compartmentalize your life in this way. The things that upset you at work are going to follow you home and vice versa. So while implementing a healthy diet and exercise plan as part of your personal life is most likely based on reasons that have nothing to do with your job, you might be surprised to learn that such action can have a dramatic and positive effect on your professional life as well.
For one thing, you’re going to start feeling a lot better physically. A proper diet that consists of healthy, fresh, and natural foods (including daily portions of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables instead of prepackaged items containing chemical additives and preservatives) will give you sustained energy throughout the day and aid in digestion. By adding exercise to your physical fitness regimen you can reduce fatigue, eliminate aches and pains (even those that have been plaguing you for years, in some cases), and increase stamina and energy. And of course, the combination of diet and exercise can help you lose weight while you tone and strengthen your body.
But those are just the physical changes you’ll realize if you stick to your plan. In addition, you’ll undergo a mental and emotional change as well. Creating a healthy balance within your body by exercising and eating right can help to balance hormones and reduce stress. And looking and feeling good can definitely have a positive impact on your mental state. But you’ll also benefit from setting a goal, making a plan, and taking the steps necessary to realize the ends you have in mind. You’ll gain confidence on top of everything else. While all this is great, you still may not see how it translates into success at work.
In truth, it’s a simple matter of transference. When you’re succeeding in one area of life, it’s only natural that it should bleed over into areas. Now that you’re feeling good about your body, your image, and your overall health, you’ll find that your attitude at work improves and problems that seemed impossible before are easier to tackle. Knowing you can succeed in efforts that you set your mind to outside of work will help you to believe in your abilities when you’re in the office setting. In short, you’ll see improvements in every area of your life.
Plus, your coworkers and superiors will likely notice the changes you’re making. They may even compliment you (which will serve to validate your hard work and solidify your resolve to continue). But even more than that, your confident attitude will shine through, causing others, in turn, to feel more confident in your abilities. You will likely perform your job more thoroughly and efficiently than before, garnering notice and positive reviews, all of which will lead to more success. It’s like a self-fulfilling prophecy that you started with your desire to lead a healthier life. So take the first step in your personal life to address your physical fitness, and see the many positive results that come about in your professional life as well.