A great majority of my clients are professionals from many different fields of endeavor seeking safe, sound, and sustainable fitness strategies that enable them to perform their daily tasks with strength and confidence, get lean and move well and pain free. They are very perceptive and highly aware of the image they project and understand that being fit and healthy gives them an additional edge in the marketplace in terms of staying in the game to earn to their fullest potential.
I intimately understand what business professionals go through on a daily basis since I still have two feet planted in the business world having run the gamut of being an entry level employee, a member of various management and sales teams to owning and running several businesses throughout the years.
I also absolutely love teaching sound and sustainable fitness and health programs that I have learned, continually practice, tweak and have honed over the years while simultaneously navigating these same demanding and often overwhelming business environments as my clients. Many of the people who seek to learn my fitness practices are fellow business professionals whose daily responsibilities, work environment and time constraints I understand all too well.
Take a moment and think about “just getting fit enough” as it applies to your particular life situation to position and motivate yourself to enact a plan for fitness, health and wealth success.
The Reality Of The Work Environment
We all have somebody in the business world we are accountable to and need to make a favorable impression upon in some way whether that be your job interviewer, employer, manager, co-workers, peers, customers and clients. These people expect and count on you to perform your duties well and consistently and are the people who directly and indirectly affect your career earnings. You do not want to put doubt into any of these people’s minds as to your ability and competency to do your job, your reliability, energy levels, motivation, character and image you project.
It stands to reason that a person who is a pillar of unhealth, has poor movement/posture patterns, gets exhausted walking in from the company parking lot, shuffles through the office like a Walking Dead zombie and can barely fit their butt in their chair may have an uphill battle leaving a favorable impression on anybody within their sphere of influence. Don’t kid yourself – impressions, especially first impressions still matter.
Our outward health and vitality is constantly on display and being evaluated by others whether you like it or not or whether you think it’s fair or not.
Think this doesn’t apply to most of us? Well think again because we are all under this scrutiny to some degree all the time.
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So How Does All Of This Influence How Much I Earn?
We are all walking embodiments of skills that may or may not be worth something to an employer or client. It doesn’t matter if you are a skilled tradesman, accountant, sales professional, business owner or circus clown – you still need to stay in the game and perform in order to utilize those skills and earn a certain amount of money to sustain your chosen lifestyle.
The longer you walk the path of poor fitness and health the more likely you will be sidelined with some type of physical injury or sickness leading to you being unable to show up and perform your job. If you can’t perform your job then you can’t earn. This represents the most obvious and straightforward situation where your earnings takes a hit and don’t forget all the stress and anxiety that accompany these situations.
The Challenges Of Remaining Of Value And Keeping The Money Flowing
There are many people out there with the equivalent or better job skills to compete for your job positions, available promotional opportunities and dying to win over your customers and clients just waiting for you to lose your edge and competitive advantage.
There is always someone hungrier, younger, cheaper, oozing with vitality and willing to make you look stagnant and irrelevant by comparison. They can accomplish this politely or aggressively and overtly or covertly waiting to push you to the side or out the door exploiting any weakness you have- perceived or otherwise. Everything is fair game to these hyenas in the workplace arena. They will constantly look for opportunities to step over you or replace you, including using the image you project to their advantage in their campaign if it is less than ideal.
All other factors being equal – Why would you not take action to improve your fitness and health? A healthy, vibrant image is a very powerful asset that is always on display and is associated with positive qualities and traits almost universally valued by the business community and general public.
What does yours look like?
Ever wonder why you may have got overlooked for a promotion or never got called back for that second job interview? There could be a variety of reasons of course. However, the image you present and how people with influence over your career perceive you as a value or potential value to their organization can be a determining factor.
Unfortunately, you will never know what goes on in the minds of these people who control the amount of money you earn and the opportunities not offered to you. I don’t know of too many career paths where projecting a fit, healthy and vibrant image is considered a detriment to earnings and advancement. There is only an upside to projecting this image, so why not put forth the effort to improve your fitness and health? So build that health as you build wealth.
Treat your fitness and health as a skill set just like all the other valuable skills you bring to the workplace.You don’t need to get in crazy, insane shape, just take the initiative to improve your fitness and health in a safe and sustainable program scaled to what you can handle. Once you start making the effort and experiencing positive results, you will rejoice in your vitality, energy and confident image you project. Others will take notice as well.
Take the necessary steps to insulate yourself from these negative consequences by investing in your health and fitness. Armor proof yourself against injury, sickness and unfavorable perceptions by improving your fitness and health in order to stay in the game and maximize your career earnings. You owe it to yourself, your employer, family, co-workers and friends to be the best you can be.
Check out Part Two of this article as I delve deeper into the impressions others may infer from your fitness and health and how it can tie in to your career earnings. See you over there!
Mark Mellohusky (Mellow-Husky)
Mellow as in laid back and Husky like the dog!
”I Eat T-Bone Steaks And Lift Kettlebell Weights”
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