Success is a Long Game and so is Fitness

I've met hundreds of successful entrepreneurs over the past few years and one trait that comes up in almost every conversation about how they do it is "energy".

I don't mean short-term, caffeine-fueled all-nighters, but rather years of energy to consistently pursue a long-term goal. This need for energy is critical because facing new challenges requires a lot of energy and if you want to grow, you have to face your fears repeatedly.

So, what do you do to get more long-term energy?

One thing is maintaining your fitness and health.

Staying fit is relatively simple on its face, but incredibly hard to stick with for the long-term. It's all about making tiny choices (will you run today? Pizza or salad? Will you skip dessert? Etc.) every day for years and years. Make the right choices more often and your health will typically improve. Make the wrong ones repeatedly and it will decline.

Unfortunately, a lot of entrepreneurs stop prioritizing fitness at some point, and I get it. It's really hard when you have a family, a business, employees, a house, a car, chores...the list goes on.

But, once lost, your health is almost impossible to get back.

So wherever you are in your career, take a step back and think:

Is skipping your workout to do one more hour of work today going to give you more energy to complete your goals in 10 years?

Make little choices every day that compound. Build energy for the long-term.

Karl Hughes

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