by Mark Moses, Entrepreneur and CEO Coach at CEO Coaching International
I received the sad news last week that another friend of mine had passed away unexpectedly. This is the third friend that has died in the last twelve months way before their time. I shared the news with my good friend Michael Maas, who replied, “Another poignant reminder of why living life by design, prioritizing time over money, and a commitment to health and loving relationships is so important.”
While each friend had their own story, I know that their lives were not fully balanced. So many of us focus on our careers and businesses, putting off prioritizing our health until it’s too late.
A Decline In Life Expectancy?
A 2005 article published in the New England Journal of Medicine from researchers at Harvard concluded, “The steady rise in life expectancy observed in the modern era may soon come to an end and the youth of today may, on average, live less healthy and possibly even shorter lives than their parents.” With all of the advancements in healthcare, technology, and standard of living, how can we be doomed to live shorter lives than our parents?
The New Vital Signs
The problem is that our lives are way out of balance. Today we prioritize money, work, and our careers over family, health, and exercise. Both Eastern and Western health experts agree that most of today’s chronic diseases are preventable through a healthy lifestyle. The American College of Lifestyle Medicine has replaced traditional acute care vital signs with five “lifestyle vital signs” that contribute to a long, healthy life:
- Stress Management
- Love and Social Connection
You may be surprised to find “work” missing from the list. While most of us devote the majority of our waking ours to our work, our work is not giving us health benefits in return. To find true health, we must realign our priorities to focus on what will deliver health both emotionally and physically.
The Balancing Act
Balancing these five major areas of life is a true challenge. Our own subconscious gets in our way, making us feel guilty for leaving work to go to the gym or for going on a run instead of spending time with our families. To truly find balance, we must get clear on where our priorities are and the time we want to commit towards each.
Take a few minutes to rate how you are doing on a scale from one to ten for each of the five Lifestyle Vital Signs today. For the areas with the lowest score, commit to devoting more time and energy towards those activities. Take action by putting the activities on your calendar to make time for your health. While it may take time away from your family or work, your health and happiness will benefit.
It makes me sad to know my friends will no longer be here. When you consider the tradeoffs each day between stress and relaxation, nutrition and indulgence, work and exercise, remind yourself that to provide for and support your loved ones, you must first find balance.
What do you do to keep your life balanced? Share your experience with me and if you’re looking for more tips to balance your business and lifestyle, check out my new bestselling book, Make Big Happen.
About Mark Moses
Mark Moses is the Founding Partner of CEO Coaching International and the Amazon Bestselling author of Make Big Happen. His firm coaches over 100 of the world’s top high-growth entrepreneurs and CEO’s on how to dramatically grow their revenues and profits, implement the most effective strategies, becoming better leaders, grow their people, build accountability systems, and elevate their own performance. Mark has won Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award and the Blue Chip Enterprise award for overcoming adversity. His last company ranked #1 Fastest-Growing Company in Los Angeles as well as #10 on the Inc. 500 of fastest growing private companies in the U.S. He has completed 12 full distance Ironman Triathlons including the Hawaii Ironman World Championship 5 times.