Nowadays, jobs have become scarce and careers easily ended or shifted. If you’re working hard on your career, then chances are it is competitive. It is also about to get more competitive, there is a movement out there that is making people shift their focus on learning and growing in a field we have never been taught in school.
One of my mentors once told me “your business is an extension of who you are”. It opened my eyes and was a massive aha moment. It made absolute sense. If I’m unorganized, my company will be. If I lack motivation, my company slows down. If I lack ambition, my company doesn’t grow. If I don’t believe in what my company does, it would have died ages ago.
I reflected for weeks on what my mentor taught me and realized that is wasn’t just my business that is an extension of who I am.
I also realized that the success of my clients, which is directly connected to my growth in my career, was an extension of the depth of my knowledge and ability to apply it on them.
Which brought me to a more general realization.
The truth is, success in your career is an extension of the development and growth of your mind.
Your #1 asset is your mind. The same mind that sits in a body that we often sacrifice its wellbeing in pursuit of our career. The irony is unreal.
How can you fire your creative mechanisms when your body is in turmoil and unnaturally gaining weight?
How can you truly advance in your career by growing and becoming better at it if you have never learned how to take care of the body that houses your #1 asset, your mind.
Yes there are people who went far in their careers with a terrible lifestyle, but can you imagine what they would have achieved with a good one?
The mind’s natural instinct is to take care of itself by getting you to focus on the health of the body it lives in. Years of suppressing our natural predisposition to live a healthy life has caused us to head the opposite way.
In a way, we are not using our mind to its full capacity if we don't have a lifestyle that protects the body that nourishes it.
The bright side is this is all reversible. If we choose to make it so.
Remember that movement I mentioned at the beginning: self-development is a massive growing field that is helping the highly driven get ahead in their career very quickly. However, one of the basic foundations of self-development is taking care of our body and health, which will help us use our mind better.
To a better you.
Mohamed Rezk, RD
Mohamed is an experienced and passionate Registered Dietitian who founded RNC in 2015 and is part of Cleveland Clinic Canada's team of experts working in the Executive Health Program. His expertise lies in designing the appropriate environment where his clients can transform their lifestyle and become better versions of themselves. Mohamed believes that the first step to growing in all areas of your life is building a lifestyle that is healthy for your mind and body. His programs has helped many people lose weight permanently and experience tremendous growth in their careers, relationships and quality of life.