Feb 8, 2017
Dave Fuller is a professional business coach who works with small companies. Located in Prince George, Canada, he has been a small business owner for 30 years and understands what it's like to be wildly profitable and wildly stressed. Today, Dave and Bill dive right into the surprising connection between profit and health.
Dave witnessed a bear come into his camp and attack one of his friends. The aftereffects of stress and fatigue he experienced from the event reminded him of the time he tried to open a second location in his own business. During the first year he spent a couple hundred thousand dollars trying to get this location running, but nothing seemed to be working.
When you’re under a severe amount of stress, your adrenals get overworked. Ever wake up at 2am with your mind racing? When you eventually fall back asleep and wake up in the morning, your body already feels fatigued from the lack of sleep from the night before. This starts a vicious cycle.
Our bodies crave more energy under stress, so we end up eating around 30% more carbohydrates. What does this do? It drives our blood sugar up, so now our brains aren’t thinking straight! If you keep this up overtime, you’ll develop belly fat, which then brings your self-confidence down.
Stress affects our health, and it doesn’t help us handle the stressful event that we’re going through, either. However, when we’re healthy, we can handle stressful events much better and with a clearer head. So, how can we get healthy so we can run our business better?
The business and our work environment is just one part of our lives. If we don’t have clarity with where we’re going, then it becomes difficult to run a long-term business. It starts with setting clear goals on what you want out of life, and out of your business.
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Scaling Up is the best-selling book, by Verne Harnish and the team at Gazelles, on how the fastest growing companies succeed where so many others fail. My name is Bill Gallagher and I'm a certified Gazelles business coach. We help leadership teams to get the 4 Decisions around People, Strategy, Execution, and Cash right so that they can Scale Up successfully and beat the odds of business growth success. Our 4 Decisions are all part of the Rockefeller Habits 2.0 (from the original best-selling business book, Mastering the Rockefeller Habits).