Podcast: What Makes A Business Athlete

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This week we’re talking about what makes a business athlete.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

Why you shouldn’t get too caught up on the word “business” in “business athlete.”

The definition of a business athlete and the benefits of being one.

How being a business athlete can improve your personal life.

The five things you need to focus on to become a business athlete.

How far in advance you should plan your peak events.

What the peak events in your life might look like.

What you need to double-down on to enhance your business performance.

Signs that you may be overdoing it (or under-recovering).

Why you should know your non-negotiables and how many you should have.

What Leanne’s non-negotiables are.

What it means to know your “why”.

Key Takeaways:

It’s important to plan and anticipate peak events in your life, just as you would an athletic event.

You need to look at the separate components of health and optimise for them to be a successful business athlete.

Being a business athlete isn’t about being superhuman, it’s about accomplishing everything you want to do.

You should know what your peak events or “Wimbledons” are (and when they will occur) so you can plan accordingly.

People have generally become good at ignoring their body’s signals, but getting back in tune is crucial for the best performance.

Sleep is a foundation of your mental and physical wellbeing and should be considered a non-negotiable.

Performance comes down to purpose, so you should get clear and committed on why you want to focus on yourself as a business athlete.

Remember to focus less on your weight and keep fitness at the forefront of your healthy lifestyle.

Action Steps:

These are what make a business athlete:

  1. Plan for peak events. Know your events in advance and plan your lifestyle accordingly.
  2. Listen to your body’s signals. Your body will tell you what it needs, but you have to be willing to tune in and pay attention.
  3. Be clear on your non-negotiables. Know the key things you need to lay a healthy foundation in your day and stick to them.
  4. Know your why. When you know your key motivation for being a business athlete, it keeps you disciplined to stay on track.
  5. Don’t focus on appearances. Forget about what your body looks like and focus on being healthy in a holistic sense.

Leanne said:

“A business athlete is somebody who isn’t a recreational athlete, but we encourage you to see yourself, manage your health, your fitness, your wellbeing, your mental health, physical health, in the same way that an athlete would.”

“I think we, as business athletes, have become very good at ignoring those signals. We’ve become very good at blocking them out or forgetting how to read those signs, or just plain ignoring them. And the body sends us signals all the time.”

Links To Things Mentioned In The Podcast:

Healthy Resilient Teams Infographic: https://www.bodyshotperformance.com/resource/healthy-resilient-teams

Leanne’s TEDx talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SLP1BF7KBQ

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As always, if you would like to register your interest in some of the ideas that I’m putting together with Bodyshot Performance, send an email to anne@bodyshotperformance.com.

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