Personal Fitness vs. Business Fitness: 7 Hurdles Managers Must Jump


As a person in the working world, you may find yourself in a rut.  As a person trying to work on their fitness goals, you may also get into a fitness slump.  When comparing professional life to overall heath and wellness, the similarities between the two are uncanny.

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This is true especially when it comes to managers.  Here are 7 hurdles that you might encounter in your professional (and personal) life and tips on how to jump over them:

1. Getting “Fat”

In your personal life, sometimes you need to lose some of that extra weight put on after years of poor diet.  When it comes to you as a manager of a business, you may need to trim the fat by re-analyzing the “C” quality employees currently working at your establishment.  If these employees are not cutting it in your work environment, it might be time for a major change-up.

 2. Staying Motivated

In personal fitness, it is important to have a goal in mind.   By writing down these goals, it aids in your success.  Without them, you may forget why you are changing up your habits in the first place.

The same applies in a business setting.   You as a manager might need to remind employees (and even yourself) to keep track of their career and professional goals.   By refocusing on the strategies that have worked in the past and introducing new ones, you and your employees will remember what they are trying to achieve.  Some example goals may include a bonus, promotion, saving up for a specific item, or even getting more involved with the community.  Write these down and keep them displayed at your desk.  This will allow you to keep the end goal in mind when you are feeling down and unenthusiastic.

In addition, both fitness and business statistics show that people who write down their goals have over an 80% higher success rate of achieving them.

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 3. Consistency Errors

When you are trying to get into great physical shape, staying consistent is critical.  You cannot lose weight or feel more energized without a routine, which includes making time to exercise and eat right every day.  The same concept goes for a business.  Making sure everyone stays on task is important when keeping up with a schedule and strict deadlines.  This may not mean micro-managing, but it does mean checking in and following up with your employees and clients.  This could include one of President of Sharn Enterprises, Roger Wandersee’s, tactics of “management by walking around.”

 4. Money Woes

Finances are tough to balance in this day and age, and sometimes even a gym membership just might not fit into your budget.  In order to make sure you can attend the fitness classes you want or get that gym membership, you will have to consider your current expenses.  The same goes in a business.  When cash is tight and you want to spend money on a certain event, product, software, raw material or new technology, you will have to re-assess your current expenditures and see if it is a need or just a want.

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 5. Not Keeping Score

When you checking your heart rate or pulse while working out, you want to make sure you see results.    The same goes for a business. Staying profitable is imperative, and when you keep an eye on the numbers, it helps build a business and keep a steady “pulse.”  You will also sleep better knowing where you stand.

 6. Being Exhausted

You work full-time, have a family to take care of, and have other countless responsibilities to accomplish in a day.  Are you too run-down to go to the gym?  Well, get out of that slump immediately because studies have shown that working out releases endorphins, which in turn makes you less tired throughout the day.    In addition, just exercising for 30 minutes a day can boost your overall mood.

This can relate to business when you have “exhausted” all outlets of ideas.  In order to get out of your creative and professional rut, find inspiration in everyday places.  A brainstorming session, a team building day, going for a walk, or a hiring of new, fresh talent could also give you the boost you are looking for.

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 7. Being “Too Old”

In personal fitness, getting old means that working out is harder on the bones.  In a business environment that uses machinery to complete tasks, machines become old and weary as well.  Running old machines can lead to a disaster, so checking up on these periodically is a wise thing to do.  Getting older as a human being has its qualms as well.

One advantage, though, of getting old is that our experiences can make us smarter.  The moderation is key in fitness when getting old, and working smarter, not harder while in business is crucial as well.

References:

  1. http://www.ecowellnessnews.net/wp-content/uploads/Write-down-Goals.pdf
  2. http://greatist.com/fitness/13-awesome-mental-health-benefits-exercise

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