Good Health Is Good Business

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Good health is good business in my book.

No matter what you choose to do in this world, without your health, you sure don’t have much! It may seem like common knowledge, the relationship between your health and the health of your business, but before we move on to all of our blogging and marketing tools, inspirational ideas, and social media aspects, I wanted to make sure we cover what generally lies ahead for someone starting a new online business endeavor.

One of the biggest things new entrepreneurs face is the high risk of failure. According to a Harvard Business School lecturer,  Shikhar Ghosh, 3-out-of-4  venture-backed start-ups fail. Through his research he found that more than 95% of these start-ups fall short of their initial projections. Entrepreneurs often juggle many roles and face countless setbacks such as lost customers, disputes with partners (partnerships for the most part don’t work out), increased competition, market changes, employee theft and other problems… while you are just trying to make payroll. “There are traumatic events all the way along the line,” says psychiatrist and former entrepreneur Michael A. Freeman, who is researching mental health and entrepreneurship.

He also brings up the point that new entrepreneurs often make themselves less resilient by neglecting their health. They have eating disorders, eat too much or too little. They are so stressed out that they don’t get enough sleep or restorative sleep. They fail to exercise. “You can get into a startup mode, where you push yourself and abuse your body,” Freeman says. “That can trigger mood vulnerability.” So if you are currently an employee, who do you think has more stress and health issues, you or your employer? It doesn’t take much to see that entrepreneurs experience more anxiety than employees. In the latest Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, 34 percent of entrepreneurs (4 percentage points more than other workers), reported they were worried. A whole 45 percent of entrepreneurs said they were stressed, 3 percentage points more than other workers. Operating your own business is stressful, no matter how well prepared you think you are.

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A Very Moving Transformation Story From A Dear Friend

nancy-santana-quote I remember when I began my transformation journey. Like most, I began the journey as a physical one (body) to become fit (healthy). I woke up one day and decided I wasn’t going to allow my illness to get the best of me. That journey began in 2007. Fast forward to 2015, my “journey” has taken me to a place in my life in which I have the honor to help others live their healthiest, happiest, rewarding life NOW. My approach is a spiritual, holistic, intuitive way. I believe when you follow your path, understanding that everything comes together at it’s diving timing…..you don’t have to worry about anything. Why? Because you trust in God to open the doors and to bring the right people into your life at the right timing. When you live a healthy lifestyle mind, body and spirit you draw to you positive, uplifting energy. I would have never thought that my little desire to help woman get healthy would have grown to a mission to empower the masses towards an enlightenment lifestyle. Where you live in bliss just because you know that you are guided, loved, and supported in all of your goals and dreams.

Nancy Santana is a survivor of domestic violence and Mother of 3 children. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Personal Training & Mind-Body Transformational Psychology. Holistic Nutritionist & Intuitive Spiritual Coach. If you are having trouble living a balanced healthy lifestyle, Nancy can assist you with your journey. You can reach Nancy at nancysantana.com

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FINAL THOUGHTS

Everything we do, both in our personal life and in our entrepreneurial journey begins with our mindset. I truly believe that whatever we think about, we bring about. If you want to enjoy your journey here, it takes a certain mindset and focus. The happiest and most successful people I know practice a balanced mind-body-spirit approach. If you have balance in all three, you will be able to use all of the tools and means available to you in order to succeed at anything you want to do in your life. You will bring joy and abundance into your home, your office, and into the lives of your customers.

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1) In my video above, I mention that technology is available to assist you in retraining your brain to recognize unhealthy tension and stress and gain improved well-being, vitality, and clarity of thought. Since I have been in business and an entrepreneur for more than 30 years, I have the experience and ability to control my fears. They have very little affect on my life I am happy to say! But, I have known friends that have purchased the Inner Balance App and Sensor. It allows a synchronization between the heart, breath, and brain. Research shows that when we are in coherence, our physical systems function more efficiently, we experience greater emotional stability. When we get stressed or upset, our brain gets confused and our thoughts become muddy. The app can help you recognize when this is happening and assist you to regain increased mental clarity and improved cognitive function. Inner Balance uses HeartMath’s patented technology to monitor the subtle beat-to-beat changes in your heart rhythms (HRV) and determines the level of coherence found in these rhythms.

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I bought this little biofeedback device when I was under some pressure and stress. My purchase was based on the recommendation of a friend. It is small and convenient to carry with you, easy to use and comes with great little app for my iPad and iPhone. Regardless of my mental state, it brings me into a calm and collected state in minutes from use. I would recommend this device for anyone working in a high-pressure environment. It is conscious meditation for the rational person.

 

2) Also in the video I mention your “AQ” or your Adversity Quotient. (A gauge or measure of how you respond and deal with everything from everyday life annoyances to large adverse events; an established science, theory, and approach for becoming measurably resilient.) For more information on this science, watch this slideshow presentation.

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Hopefully I have given you something of value today with my post, my video, and by introducing you to Nancy Santana. Maybe you know someone that could use this information right now. Please like, share, and leave me a quality comment below so we can help others learn to live a healthy balanced lifestyle to experience joy each day of their life.

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22 Comments

  1. donna merrill January 25, 2015 at 8:26 PM #

    Hi Deborah,

    What an inspiring article. As an entrepreneur, we wear many hats and fulfill many rolls. It is so easy to fall down to overwhelm or worse, stress. And as you and I well know…stress can kill!

    I loved what you shared with us, that you weren’t going to let your illness get the best of you. Indeed, we do have that control and I see it working with so many people. But one has to have things available to them and there are so many out there.

    I searched this biofeedback app and it looks like something so powerful. For the price it is great..It would take me many visits to my therapist’s office to help with this one lol. Here, all we have to do is attach it and it will tell us so many things …. I’m all excited about this one!

    How can I ever thank you for introducing me to this helpful product?

    -Donna
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    • Deborah January 26, 2015 at 11:09 PM #

      I do so, from the heart, appreciate all that you have said in your comment Donna! I know you are extremely busy and it means so much to have your support and your kind words!

      I know people that have used the biofeedback app to learn more about their stress levels and how to meditate and learn healthier ways to manage their daily stress. I am very much a “do-it-yourself-er!” I like to be as much in control over important decisions in my life as possible so I prefer to educate myself on weak areas. If I can learn and help myself to have a better quality of life, then that’s what I do. If I had a great deal of stress that I felt I needed help with, I would turn to a tool or an app like this one to see if I could get that stress under control. Of course it is not the same as having professional help with a licensed therapist or medical doctor, but I would use it to de-stress so I wouldn’t need professional help! That’s just me!

      You know that I consider you to be one of THE top bloggers in the world and my personal coach and mentor Donna! I have learned so much from you and David! And, I’m just at the beginning of this important blogging journey. Thank YOU so much for the professional and ethical example yet set each and every day both online and off! You’re the best!

      Deborah
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  2. Joan Harrington January 24, 2015 at 8:12 AM #

    Hi Deborah,

    Very inspiring post :) I know that when I do not feel well, my work and business suffer. So I strive to be the best that I can be in my life so my business is the best :) Thank you for this awesome post!

    • Deborah January 26, 2015 at 10:55 PM #

      Glad you stopped by and felt there was value in this post Joan!

      Yes, we need to have a healthy balance in our lives to be at our best personally and professionally. :)

      Thank you for the support!

      Deborah
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  3. Miriam Slozberg January 22, 2015 at 2:56 PM #

    Wow Deborah, this was quite timely for me. I have been struggling for a while, however my business is doing better now. But lately I have not been feeling too well, very tired all of the time. I guess it is time for me to address this and pinpoint what is making me feel lousy. But you are right, health affects every aspects of your life.
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    • Deborah January 23, 2015 at 8:32 PM #

      Yes, Miriam, as you can see I agree!

      As our business grows as well as our success, we need to think even clearer, be even more creative, and have even better customer service. If we are foggy in the brain, aren’t feeling up to taking care of business, and get way behind all that we need to do, we will suffer on every single level.

      I hope you can pinpoint what your health issues are and get them back under control. Feel better soon!

      Deborah
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  4. Loree January 19, 2015 at 10:45 AM #

    Hi Deborah;
    Deborah this is a VERY Inspiring article so full of helpful advice.
    As an Entrepreneur it is so important for all to take this advice, always be knowledgeable about our health and of course along with that comes our mind.
    With a healthy body and mind we WILL have a healthy spirit.

    This is true for all not just entrepreneurs. Most importantly for me to remember that it comes in time and not my time .

    We All have the power within us to be Great and we just improve everyday.
    Thank You for posting this Great article.~:D

    • Deborah January 22, 2015 at 1:08 PM #

      Hello Loree!

      Glad to see your smiling face here! We have to pay attention to what our bodies are telling us. That’s how I got back on track. I could feel something wasn’t quite right with my digestive system. Before it became a real medical issue, I listened to my body and analyzed what I had been doing. I wasn’t doing anything horrible, I don’t have issues with appetite control but I am often in a hurry and don’t make the best choices when I’m hungry. I went through the house, got rid of anything that wasn’t good for me or my husband, bought organic healthy staples to start cooking each meal at home again. I rarely have anything processed now! I’ve lost 6 pounds and feel so much better as well!

      Thank you so much for being such a loyal friend Loree!

      Deborah
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  5. Dawn Golden January 18, 2015 at 6:33 PM #

    Hi Deborah,
    Curiously, it was my desire to improve some health issues that brought me to my online business! Anytime we approach something with a passion, it shows we care. For me, when I care about something, it tends to make me worry and stress! It seems stress is a function of being dedicated for me. It is an on going struggle to balance to body, mind and spirit, and your article here offers some great advice.

    • Deborah January 22, 2015 at 12:57 PM #

      Thank you for your support Dawn!

      I know that owning and running your business will indeed be stressful. The main thing I believe is learning to handle the stress in a healthy way, don’t let it build up to where it becomes a health issue.

      Another thing comes to mind, my last post was about fear and how fear is a learned behavior. From what you are saying, it sounds like the fear and stress have become “normal” for you. It’s worth your time to figure out what causes the stress so you can head it off at the beginning when it’s a small issue.

      I wish you good health and prosperity Dawn!

      Deborah
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  6. Jacs Henderson January 18, 2015 at 3:14 PM #

    Life is all about Balance, and I am evan more sure of that after reading your post! I love your quote in the middle…
    “The body heals with play, the mind heals with laughter, and the spirit heals with joy.”
    The stress of having your own business can be huge, and this is definitely something New Starters should be considering, as well as the other thoughts in your video, nice music!!
    We must look after ourselves, in body, mind and spirit… and I think we all know when that has to begin instinctively, whether there are bad times or just a realisation like me that it is time to take more care… and I have to say they didn’t all 3 happen at once for me! I’ve been working on the body and health side for a while, now I am addressing the mind and then I’ll move on to the spirit…
    Isn’t life a journey!
    Jacs
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    • Deborah January 18, 2015 at 6:32 PM #

      It means a lot Jacs to have your kind words of support!

      Yes, life is such an interesting journey! I have always liked the saying, “Life is a journey, not a destination.” It’s ALL about the journey, not just meeting our goals.

      Best wishes, much success on your journey Jacs. So glad our paths intersected! :)

      Deborah
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  7. Sarah Arrow January 18, 2015 at 11:06 AM #

    A deep and thoughtful post Deborah, one that I’m going to take some time to digest. Partnerships and turning points are the biggest takeaways to this post, thank you so much for researching and putting it together

    • Deborah January 18, 2015 at 6:23 PM #

      You are very welcome Sarah Arrow:

      In my business career, I always gave 150% while my “partners” started out all gung-ho but down the road, wanted to either sit back with their hand out and I do all the work, or they were working behind my back to steal business and set up their own system rather than share in our partnership. NEVER again is my motto now! Lol!

      Thank you for visiting and commenting Sarah!

      Deborah

  8. Lillian De Jesus January 18, 2015 at 9:42 AM #

    Hi Deborah!

    I love that you gave this advise out as so many people feel the stress with starting or continuing a business. It is true that as an employee, I felt less stressed than now as an entrepreneur.

    Meditation and prayer can go a long way. My faith in God, praying to keep my spiritual relationship with Him is very important to keep my priorities straight.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Lillian
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    • Deborah January 18, 2015 at 11:04 AM #

      Hello Lillian:

      I appreciate your comments so much. We each have to be mindful of our mind-body-spirit health, our overall wellness. How can we be creative, sensitive, make good decisions, give good advice… if we are not taking care of our health? I’m sure we’ve all been there, living in fear, doubt, confusion, chaos. Not a place I’d like to stay in permanently. I just wanted to wake people up that were thinking of starting a new venture. They get so lost in the “sparkle” or honeymoon phase, they have no clue what the reality will be like. Being an entrepreneur is not for the faint of heart! <3

      Best wishes, much success Lillian!

      Deborah
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  9. Sue Bride January 18, 2015 at 7:40 AM #

    My own journey to restoring balance in my life and reducing stress and anxiety began before there were such wonderful resources to help. It followed a long, hard, and painful time which left me with health and relationship problems.

    That resulting “muddy brain” made recovery difficult and much more expensive than buying books and apps, because I left it too long before I did anything. I’m left with permanent health problems although my changed attitude to life means I can deal with them.

    If you take note of what Deborah says here, be aware of stress in your life, and take action to deal with it, you’ll avoid deeper problems and improve all aspects in your life.
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    • Deborah January 18, 2015 at 10:57 AM #

      Wow Sue,

      I am touched first by having you share your difficulties here. Thank you so much for being able to do that. And, secondly, to see how bravely you handled yourself in spite of your challenges. It takes courage to do both of these! I have learned, particularly over the past 5 years or so, just how powerful our brain is and that it is the control center for everything. Our thoughts lead to decisions which lead to actions that will either be a blessing in our lives or lead us down a wrong path. No matter which way we go, there are benefits, lessons to be learned, and new experiences. But, I am a “direct route” kind of person. I like to take the shortest route to get where I’m going!

      Anyway, I truly appreciate your support and your awesome comment.

      Best wishes Sue for a fantastic 2015!

      Deborah
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  10. Willena Flewelling January 18, 2015 at 12:55 AM #

    You would think it’s common knowledge that there’s a relationship between a person’s health and the health of his business. But I think so many people don’t realize just how it applies in their own life. It took me a long time to see the correlation between balance in my diet, exercise, sleep, and water consumption — and my performance level on a daily basis. Excellent advice, Deborah. Thank you for sharing.
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    • Deborah January 18, 2015 at 10:49 AM #

      So glad you agree Willena!

      I too thought most people would see and realize the correlation! But, years ago when I first started as a small business consultant, I learned that over 90% of my clients were clueless! I thought it was just common sense. If we don’t take good care of our mind, body, and spirit, we certainly cannot function at a top level of performance.

      Good for you! You now know and take the proper steps to be happy and healthy. Best wishes on a fabulous 2015!

      Deborah
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  11. Marquita Herald January 17, 2015 at 1:08 PM #

    Inspiring article Deborah and I can relate on so many levels! I’ve experienced my own turning point which was actually a series of near-disasters over the course of 6 months, but collectively the experience taught me to value how resilient I am and how important it is to accept the power I have to create my own life experience. Thanks for the inspiration!
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    • Deborah January 18, 2015 at 10:46 AM #

      Marquita,

      So glad you enjoyed it! That means a lot. I admire your blog and your work. I always say, “We have to know the rules of the game before we can play and master it.” The same can be said about life. We have to be object, pay attention, see what is going on. When we identify our weaknesses and shortcomings, we can then do something about it. You truly do have the power to create your own life experience! That’s why you are so powerfully positive and are taking your life to new levels. You understand how things work! So many do not and go through life acting like a “victim” not knowing that they have the power withing themselves and always have had it.

      Thank you for reading and commenting. Your story adds to the discussion! :D

      Deborah
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