Recently I was listening to the final episode of this podcast titled Start Up. One of Uber’s first investors in the episode was talking about the irony of Uber CEO Travis Calanick and really drawing attention to how strange boys of a species like him were.
It makes me think of how weird all successful entrepreneurs are. Include yourself.
In most cases we are far from normal. We take more risks than ordinary people and tend to be obsessive if we are not properly nervous about the projects we are working on. This raises the question that entrepreneurs should not train their bodies and minds in unconventional ways unless they are conventional people. I think so. So much so that I started a company to teach entrepreneurs how to give them fitness training.
In this article I want to share some of the best non-traditional strategies I have found to work best for entrepreneurs who want to perform at a high level.
1) Train your emotions as much as you train your body
Most people think of six pack abs when they think of fitness. Your physical fitness training is important, but some entrepreneurs need to constantly train their mental fitness as well. An easy way to do this is to never start your day unless you are in a state of extreme sensitivity. It means doing a morning routine that takes you to that state; It’s meditation, journaling, scream confirmation, dancing or whatever. Do what you need to do to get yourself in a wealthy state of mind. Your business depends on your mood, so you need to spend 30 minutes or more every day.
2) Move your body and mind with purpose every day
Whether you are exercising, having a meeting or working alone, you need to do it with purpose and clarity. Go to any one of these activities with a defined theme the way you want to go to a yoga class for the purpose of your practice. You will get better results in less time in everything from intentionally burning fat to doing a job.
3) Work and workout in cycles
When you take training in cycles you get the best results in both business work and workout. High intensity interval training is a type of cycle that is best for fat reduction. It’s as simple as running 3 minutes of all-out effort, like running or cycling with 2 minutes of moderate effort for 4 separate cycles. Boom You’ve only exercised for 20 minutes and already burned a ton of calories. When it comes to business, use a tool like a Pomodoro timer to work in a laser focused power cycle for 25 minutes with a 5 minute break. Ride a few in a day and you will dramatically improve your productivity.
4) Create an irresistible identity aligned with your mission
Something that you don’t think about training is your own identity. Who you are and how you appear to the world. If your identity is not aligned with your larger outlook and life goals, your goals will be more difficult to achieve. To make it easier on yourself, close your eyes and ask yourself “What kind of person should I be if I am going to achieve my vision for what I want life to be?” Once you have that clear picture of your identity, look for ways to train it in existence. Visualize, make sure, you know everything you need to accept in order to survive in that identity.
5) Eat for strength instead of comfort
It’s easy to fall into the trap of eating for state change after you spend hours on end in a project. Instead of reaching for junk food, choose foods that you know are going to give you lasting energy without crashing. Foods like vegetables, sweet potatoes, nuts and lean protein. If you want to win a marathon, you have to run. It goes without saying that eating healthy food gives you energy for a long time and makes you feel better.
These 5 unconventional types of training cover your spiritual, mental, emotional and physical well-being. I believe that four pillars are essential for maximum performance as an entrepreneur. What kind of unconventional training are you doing to move forward as an entrepreneur?
Image Credit: Shutterstock.com