Being successful in business requires great mental agility. Here are eight fun ways to boost your brain, and your business game…
A high IQ alone may have little to do with winning in business. Though if you want to be successful, you do need to keep your mind operating at its full potential. You need to stay sharp, build your analytical thinking and be great at creative problem solving. Sleeping, eating well, and exercising right can help, but here are some more entertaining ways to achieve this too.
Paddle boarding can be a great new activity to try out, with plenty of benefits. You can make it as easy or as challenging as you like. Hit the beach when it’s calm and float in the ocean, while taking in the incredible beautiful surroundings. Or hit more adventurous waterways and explore while getting in an extra workout. It can be a full body exercise, and a nice break from the gym, while increasing your mental agility and finding new ways to see the world around you.
Ziplining can be a breathtaking experience. It’s even better if you have a fear of heights. Breakthrough your fears and show yourself that you are capable of anything you set your mind to. Zipline over alligators in St. Augustine, FL, or treat yourself to a vacation and zip over sparkling water holes in the Dominican Republic, or through the jungles of Costa Rica.
Skiing can give you a new perspective, get the adrenaline pumping, and boost the growth of new brain cells. For most of us there is plenty new to take on in skiing to keep us challenged, keep us exploring new real estate, and finding new people to connect with. Go to Aspen one year, and the Alps the next. It is also a luxury activity where business owners can meet with other successful entrepreneurs, CEOs, and investors, and learn from them.
Being in business for yourself is great. You can delegate out most interactions with other people, and today, can run a highly profitable business from behind a screen at home. Yet, this can also have its downsides. Don’t become disconnected. Get out, network in person, learn new things. Instead of making it an obligation, turn it into a competition. Set some goals, and try to break your personal record for the number of new people you can add to your Instagram account, LinkedIn, or that you can set follow up appointments with.
Hosting a game night can be a fantastic way to increase your enjoyment of life, while combining brain boosting activity. There are so many options too. Have a weekly family game night, get your team together for a game night, or start a meetup group and invite prospects, clients, investors, and your peers. Play chess, trivia, Pictionary, Monopoly, have a dance off with the Wii, or head out to an arcade.
Visiting tradeshows provides multiple benefits. Get out and active, while meeting new people, and directly learn about new trends, products, and technology. Don’t just visit the same old tradeshows in your industry either. Expand your mind and horizons by going to all kinds of other industry events. Go to real estate shows, mortgage and finance expos, marketing seminars, construction conferences, technology conventions, and even live music festivals.
Why not just take a break from the office and go in search of someone to help. Make it a daily or weekly challenge. Get out and boost your problem solving skills, clock up small wins to boost your confidence, and make a difference at the same time. There are no rules, so be creative. Maybe you start with finding someone to buy a coffee for. Or it could be helping someone brainstorm a way to get more business in their doors, feeding a family, connecting someone to housing they need, putting people in touch with job opportunities. Use your imagination.
Maintaining your mind, and boosting your brain is important as a business owner. Fortunately, accomplishing this doesn’t have to be boring either. Try out this list, and then brainstorm some more. You may be surprised at how much it helps, and how much more you start enjoying life too.
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