4 Reasons You Need to Take a Holistic Approach to Succeed in Business

4 Reasons You Need to Take a Holistic Approach to Succeed in Business

Anas Bouargane 04/09/2019 5

When you think about the kinds of traits and behaviours that are likely to lead to professional success in business, you’ll almost certainly be thinking of things like ambition, focus, drive, and the willingness to grind hard every day.

While all of those things certainly are likely to be big factors in whether or not you are able to make a success of your business, being too fixated on the “go, go, go” side of things may lead you to experience significant issues that can actually hamper your progress.

Just as important as being proactive in business, is being properly considerate of your overall strategy and approach. In this domain, services such as Your Company Formations Ltd can give you an invaluable leg up. But you’re still going to have to strike most of the balance on your own.

Believe it or not, but being properly balanced in your professional life, and giving yourself the best possible chance of “making it” actually has a lot to do with properly addressing your own health and well-being, in general.

Here are four reasons why you need to take a holistic approach to your health and well-being if you want your business to thrive.

1. When Your Body is Performing at its Peak, You’ll Get Your Best Work Done

Do you think that you would be able to perform your job as well as possible if you were drunk? How about if you hadn’t slept for two days? What if you had a raging fever?

All of these examples are pretty extreme and melodramatic, but they serve to illustrate one key point: in order to perform as well as you possibly can, you need to ensure that your body is behaving as much like a well-oiled machine as possible.

All too often, entrepreneurs and hard-working professionals in general will cut a bunch of corners with regards to their physical health, ironically, in order to spend more of their time and energy on their work.

The thing is, if you’re sleeping five hours a night, you are not going to be performing anywhere near your peak – and if you doubt that, just consult an expert’s sleep scientist such as Matthew Walker on the subject.

Likewise, eating a bad and unbalanced diet isn’t going to help you put your best foot forward, and neither is a lack of physical activity, or fresh air.

It’s interesting to consider that one of the only things that have actually been demonstrated, scientifically, to make people smarter and improve their cognitive abilities, is physical exercise.

2. Success in Business Requires Consistency: You Need To Stay Calm, Determined and Focus

Many people feel that they perform their best when they are more or less in a state of panic. Or, at least, many people rely on a state of panic to motivate them to actually get things done.

This is a big part of why so many of us are inclined to procrastinate until the last possible moment, and then get a monumental amount of work done in record time, once the deadline looms large.

If that’s how you spend most of your working days, however, you might find some nasty surprises in the book “The Willpower Instinct,” by Kelly McGonigal.

Among other things, McGonigal cites research that shows that the “Willpower Response” is, in many ways, the opposite of the “Fight or Flight Response.” In other words, willpower is highest when we are more most relaxed, and lowest when we are stressed.

Succeeding in business isn’t just about monumental adrenaline-fuelled sprints. It’s also about consistency – and the more you’re able to remain calm and positive, the likelier you are to be consistent.

3. A Positive Culture Creates a Productive Work Atmosphere 

In order for people to be creative, they generally need to feel optimistic enough to take certain risks, and think outside the box. In fact, it could be argued that a sense of “play” is at the heart of genuine creativity.

If you’re not enjoying your life experience overall, however, and especially if you are overly stressed, you are likely to be far more reserved and cautious in the actions you take in your professional life.

Take steps to improve your well-being and sense of calm, and you may find that you have many more game-changing ideas to play with.

4. Everything is a Matter of Balance To Avoid a Burnout 

If you work yourself into the ground, don’t be surprised when you reach a point of total burnout and falter catastrophically in your professional obligations.

When all is said and done, everything in life as a matter of trade-offs and balance. There’s no way to completely disregard your health and well-being over the long term, while maintaining a high level of professional performance and consistency.


Sooner or later something’s got to give. Better to strike the right balance from the outset, and avoid drama down the line.

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  • Paul Greenall

    Don't worry, be happy

  • Jack Breyer

    More positive vibes, less negative thoughts

  • Owen Moore

    Determination is the key to do it right

  • Andrew Bott

    Sometimes stress is overwhelming

  • Paul Cavanagh

    Starting is the hardest part for me.

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Anas Bouargane

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Anas is the founder of CEF Académie, a platform that provides guidance and support for those willing to study in France. He previously interned at AlphaSense. Anas holds a bachelor degree in applied economics from the University Paris Sud.

   

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