Each year in December, we review our last year’s successes and opportunities and discuss our goals for the upcoming year. When we’ve completed that process, Tony goes to Facebook and makes all of his goals public (he's running late this year since he's absorbed by his current job search). I keep mine more quiet and share them with Tony, my husband Andrew, and maybe my cat, but probably just the first two. The relevant ones get put on my Individual Development Plan (IDP) at the office, but otherwise, they’re kept quiet.
This year, I'm going public with my number one priority for the year! Even though it will not be appearing on my IDP. My number one goal is to get fit-in my mind, that is lose a few pounds, get stronger, and run more. Because I too believe in S.M.A.R.T. Goals (Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic, and Timely), the goal is quantified and given a deadline in her 2016 plan. But, for this article, I want to talk about physical fitness goal in a more general sense.
Since InsNerds.com is dedicated to career advice for the young insurance professional, you’re probably wondering why the Chief Editor is writing about Physical Fitness. (Tony is wondering too since he's proud of his "executive figure" and claims to be allergic to all vegetables and any exercise, but I'm the final decider on what we publish so he went along :-D). The answer is that physical fitness is important for #career success! Sure, there are successful people who are physically unfit, and you may be thinking that right now, you are so focused on your career and professional development that you don’t have time to add one more focus area. I would make the argument that you can be better professionally and get more accomplished if you start taking care of your health, now. Below, I will share 5 reasons she is aiming to become more fit this year.
4. More Energy:
With the improvements you’ll see thanks to better focus, sleep, and confidence, you will have more energy and be able to get more accomplished at work. Taking those CPCU exams will be easier. Having that difficult conversation will be more palatable. Improved health will allow you to be more efficient and achieve more each day.
5. Research Shows Being in Shape is Good for Your #Career:
Finally, fairly or unfairly, people who are physically fit are regarded more favorably by their peers and superiors. A “Halo Effect”, which means if a person has positive attributes, these attributes may influence the view of that person positively overall, may partially explain this phenomenon. Of course, physical fitness is only part of the puzzle for how this works, a person also needs to be well-groomed, dressed appropriately, and with good posture, but the numbers show that being unfit can affect your salary or your opportunities for promotion.
Those reasons are my motivation for eating better and getting to the gym more often in 2016. In addition, I have less excuses since my employer provided me with a standing desk, added showers and lockers in the office, and is working on adding a gym! If you haven’t checked lately, it’s possible your employer has also added new options or benefits to help you get fit or fitter in 2016. Take a look around and see what’s available. If you’re working on your fitness this year, what are your strategies? If you have different goals for 2016, what are they and how are you managing them?