Look around you before work in the morning, lunchtime or even after work and you will inevitably see a plethora of people fully clad in the latest fitness gear running around town. A lot of these people are colleagues and even clients, looking to get fit for a myriad of reasons from general fitness to competing in the ultimate ultra marathon. But anyone who has done this to any level will know the great balancing act that we have to perform when trying to get fit, excelling at your career and of course managing your own personal life. Most of us just get by. Managing to get some runs in every other day in between work commitments. But how do you master both your career and your fitness and supercharge both to never before reached heights?
First and foremost you have to make a commitment to change. Because wherever you find yourself you want to improve. For your career this means one of two things. Either you are still looking to grow, gain your next promotion or secure that major deal or you are looking for a new challenge with a new role. Either way...its time to get planning. For your fitness goals, unless you have just come off winning your second Olympic gold medal, there is another major achievement that you want to attain. Similarly, the planning process is vital. But neither of these things should be looked at independently. Rather both your work and your fitness careers have a symbiotic relationship. Feeding off each other. Breathing life into each and above all providing balance. As one side grows and builds so must the other.
Now I know what you are saying now. "This is all about work/life balance right?" Well as important as that is there is so much more to it. For the much vaunted work/life balance has connotations of flexi days, working from home and the like. What I am suggesting is purely how to take both your career and your fitness to never before seen levels.
A few years ago I decided very much the same thing. I knew that I wanted to promote my business and use my work to travel, see the world, experience new cultures and places and build a network of contacts across the world providing exceptional service to my clients and candidates a like, based on quality, integrity and a pursuit of excellence. As I started to fulfil this side of my life I found that I was running and training more and more and soon set an ambitious goal of competing in the 2015 Marathon des Sables. The toughest footrace in the world. 270 km across the Sahara desert over 6 days and self supported.