Being in the military gave you all kinds of skills and experiences that make you the perfect candidate to become an entrepreneur and run your own business (see out previous article, 6 Reasons Why Veterans Make Great Franchisees). One thing you might not be missing is the grueling physical aspects of your training. Without doubt your time in the military put in you the best shape you’ve probably ever been in. Although it’s tempting to “let yourself go” now that you’re a veteran, if you do that you’ll become a victim of what I call the shortchange effect. Let me explain why this is important and how your success in business depends on avoiding it.
To achieve success in business, you need to be “on your game” so you can focus and make clear-headed good decisions in a rapidly changing environment. When you shortchange yourself on sleep, nutrition or exercise in order to get more work done, you’re actually shooting yourself in the foot because your body won’t be able to deliver what you need from it. Here are four ways for you to avoid the shortchange effect in 2017:
1. Beat the Shortchange Effect by Getting Enough Sleep
Everyone knows people who seem to do well and yet get very little sleep. Don’t believe it. For the human body to stay healthy over time and your brain to work at peak levels, you need to get an average of at least seven hours of sleep each night. When you don’t, you start building up a sleep deficit that will eventually do you more harm than good.
2. Avoid the Shortchange Effect by Eating Right
How well your body runs also depends a lot on the fuel you put into it. That old phrase “garbage in garbage out” has a lot of truth to it when it comes to nutrition, and you literally are what you eat. Focus on whole foods, limit sugars and carbs, lean proteins, and less-processed foods.
3. Sidestep the Shortchange Effect by Staying Hydrated
Something like 60% of the human body is made up of water, and you need a constant supply of it to perform at peak levels. Although the old guideline of 8×8 (drinking eight 8-oz glasses of water every day) has been debunked, the important thing is to drink plenty of water, avoid sugary drinks, and never ignore your body when you feel thirsty.
4. Say No to the Shortchange Effect with Regular Exercise
Keep regular workouts a vital part of your routine. You remember all the crazy workouts in the military – choose the ones you can most enjoy and be sure you get at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise (or some combination of the two).
Veterans who want to be successful in business must avoid the shortchange effect to keep their minds and bodies operating at peak performance. Ready to own your business? Contact the VFC to find out how we can help you choose the right franchise to make your dreams your reality.