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Good health leads to peak performance

This guest blog post is by Kristen Johnson Brogan, a registered dietitian and professional speaker for her family-owned health and performance company, On Target Living. You can learn more about her by visiting her website.

Everyone wants to perform at his or her best. Of course, performance can be related to your career, work-life, family-life, personal life or everything in between.

But what truly makes a person “successful?” How does someone stand out from the crowd or get the competitive advantage to get ahead in this already competitive world?

Typically, when it comes to having more success, people start with professional development events, learning courses, work conferences or new skill-set training.

But who really wants to add more to their plate or work even harder or longer? We are all short on time as it is and we all have work-life obligations that pull us in many different directions.

So how do we really get the competitive advantage to get ahead in this world? How do we perform better and live a more successful life?

At On Target Living we believe it starts with one important thing: health.

There is no doubt that health is directly related to performance and performance is directly related to success.

I think we can all say that the better we eat, the better we feel and the more energy and stamina we have to perform at our highest level. Plus, research suggests that a healthier body means a healthier brain. And better brain health contributes to better focus, concentration, memory and mood.

And when we perform better we have more confidence. When we have more confidence we gain more purpose. More purpose creates more internal drive.

The Mental Health Foundation reports that when working long hours, 27 percent of employees feel depressed, 34 percent feel anxious and 58 percent feel irritable. So instead of working harder, longer hours, try working more efficiently with better health.

So ask yourself this. What if you woke up one morning with a sense of ease and overall wellbeing? You felt good, your energy was high and your mood was positive. Would you recognize this as success?

In my line of work, the toughest part of the “sale” is convincing a company, organization, association, group or individual how their health directly relates to their performance in all aspects of life.

But why is it so hard for people to connect the dots from health to performance. Isn’t it obvious? If we live better won’t our life be better in every way?

Think about how your ability to perform, lead and grow would change if you lived better. After all, if you don’t have your health, what does anything else matter? And if you don’t have a body, where are you going to live and how will you be successful? Health truly is our greatest asset.

Research suggests that human capacity (lifespan) is about 90 years old. Unfortunately, life expectancy in the United States is about 78 years old, which is usually caused by disease, cancer and diabetes. Imagine how much more we could do in this world if we add more time — one of our most precious commodities.

How do you get your workforce healthier? Do you talk to your employees about health and how it directly relates to performance, productivity and engagement?

Contact me to learn more about how you can make your workplace healthier and higher performing.

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