First of all, sorry I haven’t been around for the past few weeks, but I decided to take a few trips to relax and have some fun! This actually fits right into the topic of this post, but I took some of the Beachbody Coaches on my team to Whistler, BC for a snowboarding trip, and then went out to Utah to do some more snowboarding and for a CAB (Coach Advisory Board) meeting. Anyways, I know a lot of people who work their tail off, but don’t take time to enjoy life. What’s the point? I have a motto, and sure it might be cliche and a common one, but it’s “work hard and play harder.” I live by that motto! Balancing your life between work and play is crucial, and I’m going to explain why.
I have accomplished a lot over the past 5 years. I have gotten into the best shape of my life, built a thriving Beachbody Business (won Top Beachbody Coach 2010), got married, and now have a 3 year old child. Every single one of these involves hard work and commitment to maintain, there is no doubt about that. However, for as hard as I have worked, I have enjoyed life just as much, if not more! Hard work is in my blood. For years and years I have watched my father work his tail off to build and maintain his businesses, and he’s done a great job, but very rarely takes the time to enjoy life. He’s 100% hard work ALL THE TIME! I have gotten my work ethic from him, but I have realized that there is no point to working hard if you’re not going to enjoy everything that you have worked so hard for. For years I made sacrifices, working late hours, pushing myself to extremes, but I did that for the freedom that I would attain by doing so. Now that I have that freedom, both financially and with time, why not live life to the fullest? It’s important, and that’s why I do it! It keeps me sane.
Let’s talk about balance with health and fitness. I’ve got a strong opinion when it comes to eating healthy and “cheating” on your diet. There are some people who think that you should eat healthy 100% of the time, NEVER cheating on your diet! Not me. I don’t believe that’s healthy for anyone. 98% of the time I’m a healthy eater. I will go days and days eating NOTHING bad for me, but there comes a point where I just want a slice of pizza or to have a few drinks with my friends, so I do. Do I worry about it? No. Why? Because I know that the next day I will be right on track, and that one cheat meal isn’t going to hurt my results or cause me to gain weight. Doing this keeps me balanced, and I’m able to maintain the path to my long term fitness goals. However, there is something that’s VERY important to understand here and a couple exceptions to the rule! (1) If you just started your fitness journey, it’s not smart to have a cheat meal every week. Go through your 90 days of P90X or whatever program you’re using, get the results, and then you can have some balance by eating a cheat meal every once in a while. (2) Don’t go crazy! Cheat meals can turn into cheat days, and then cheat weekends, or even cheat weeks, so it’s important that you limit yourself to just one cheat meal. By having this balance, it will keep you sane and focused on your long term fitness goals.
Balance with work and family. This was mostly what I was talking about above, but you have to have a balance between your work and family time. If you work too much, you will chase away the people you care about the most, your family and friends. What good does it do to work hard and make money and have nobody there to enjoy it with? It doesn’t. Work hard all day, but establish a cut-off time each evening where you shut off your phone, close your computer, and focus 100% of your attention on your family. I don’t care HOW BUSY you are, this is something that you absolutely 100% MUST DO! If you still have a lot of work to do, wait until your husband, wife, or children go to bed and then get back to work. Your family should be your #1 priority, so give them the attention that they deserve. It will help you maintain and healthy and happy relationship with them!
Enjoy life! If you work extremely hard like I do, you have to take time to enjoy life. What’s the point of working hard to make money if you aren’t going to do anything with it? I enjoy traveling, and now that I have the finances to do so, I do it a LOT! I love taking my coaches, family, and friends on trips. There are some point where I get so burnt out from working so much, and taking trips to places like Whistler, Tahiti, or the Cayman Islands helps me relax and refocus. What I find is that when I come back from these trips, I am more motivated than ever to get things done! These trips definitely help with my productivity. When on the trips, though, make sure you disengage from your business. It’s not going to be a good trip if you’re on the phone or your computer the entire time. Something I do is make it a “rule” that phones and computers have to be shut off. Your business is not going to go away just because you’re gone for a few days. Trust me, it will be there when you get back (unless something DRASTIC happens of course!)!
So hopefully you now have a good understanding of the important of staying BALANCED! It will be great for your relationships, your health, and your business!