Do you ever take notice of the high achievers in the world and think how on earth do they do it? Or why are they thriving in all aspects of life? Chances are they have a competitive edge, but ultimately most of these high achievers will be adopting a ‘you get out what you put in’ mentality. Often with high achievers (Eg. athletes, CEO’s) people see the reward, what they fail to see is what goes in to get the reward.
Ask anybody who has been successful in their line of work; the majority will agree that fitness and career success go hand in hand.
A recent report suggests 70% of Australians are either sedentary or report low levels of physical activity. Many people also report being time poor, which is a pretty terrible excuse for not exercising!
Did you know major companies like IBM offer cash bonus incentives to employees if they meet certain fitness goals periodically! IBM understand the importance of keeping fit!
Why High Achievers Train to Succeed at Work
The drive to achieve a goal or reach a milestone will be stronger in some than it will others, high achievers however will almost always leverage one part of their life in order to boost another. This is never more apparent than fitness levels. The benefits are plain to see.
Studies suggest that exercise prevents a process called neurogenesis, which is the degeneration of brain cells. Exercising regularly undoubtedly allows you to be more on top of your game, resulting in higher productivity. It is a no brainer why the Richard Branson’s of the world swear by exercising every single day.
Finding the Competitive Edge
So the benefits are plain to see, but how do they do it?
Most high achievers will see an opportunity to better themselves each and every day. A 30 minute break in the day will be for some a chance to unwind, for others it will be a chance to sneak in a quick core workout and make a healthy lunch.
Tony Robbins says those aspiring to an extraordinary life need to master two lessons: the science of achievement – turning dreams into reality – and the art of fulfilment. "Success without fulfilment is the ultimate failure." In other words, dream your goal and reward yourself.
To make the most of everyday and find the competitive edge in work, sport and life, here is what I recommend.
Set a consistent alarm every morning
If you adopt something new (eg. A new fitness kick) always stick at it for a minimum of 6 weeks
Try to do as many of the things you love to do
Develop a routine, but don’t get bored!
Constantly look for inspiration