It is that time of the year again – time to make our resolutions for 2012. Rarely do our resolutions affect both our personal and professional lives.
In early December at a staff meeting I had the pleasure of listening to Dawn G. Lennon who wrote a book titled “Business Fitness: The Power to Succeed – Your Way” We also received an autographed copy of her book and I have really enjoyed reading it.
In her book she outlines 7 Smart moves for success & # 1 really hit home with me – STAY WELL!
Thinking back on when I was 100+ pounds overweight in 2002 I was so focused on always putting my family and career first. I am not sure I would have been ready to hear this message to take care of myself – but I am hoping you are smarter than I was. It took me 15 months to lose 107 pounds & it has clearly changed my life - personally and professionally. Before you can take care of either your family... or your career I totally agreed with # 1 – STAY WELL.
In the book she talks about the relationship between being well & being successful. Here are some of the highlights of this chapter:
- When you don’t feel well, you don’t perform at the top of your game.
- Wellness is the linchpin of success. Managing it is your choice.
- Staying well mentally & emotionally is also the key to success.
- Negative self-talk creates attitudinal “un-wellness”.
I have read and re-read this chapter several times. Not to say the other 6 steps are not important – but GETTING WELL and STAYING WELL are critical to success – any success. In April it will be 8 years that I have kept this weight off. One of my 4 boys sent me a birthday card one year that simply said "Thank You for taking care of yourself: I hope you give yourself this gift of wellness in 2012 & I encourage you to pick up her book.