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Stefan Kazakis on 22 August 2020

The power of... 

Now that the dust has settled and we have a better idea of what’s involved with the latest restrictions in Melbourne, it’s fair to say the atmosphere has changed somewhat. While there is still apprehension and concern, we’re beginning to get the outbreak under control and there is some light at the end of the tunnel.   

No doubt this has been very difficult for businesses who have been forced to shut down, I want to assure you that we will get through this, we will bounce back and there is a silver lining amongst all of this.

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I continue to repeat this, as it’s vitally important to remember: you must focus only on what you can control, instead of what you can’t.

Be attentive and educate yourself about what is happening right now, but do not become consumed by it. Be cautious where you get your information from, and who is influencing your thinking.

Be sure to cultivate and maintain a strong, optimistic, and healthy mindset.

Be realistic. Not everything will be happy-go-lucky, but not everything is doom and gloom either. Ensure you are on top of your key numbers and revisit your cashflow forecast weekly.

Given the theme of August being “mindset month”, I want to dedicate this week’s message to ways you can make the most out of this lockdown period (whether you’re still operating, or not).

Let’s take a dive deep into what I like to call ‘the power of…

  • The power of habits & a good routine
  • The power of exercising & good nutrition
  • The power of rest, recovery & rejuvenation

Maintaining a good balance of all these points will affect how you get through this period.

It vitally important to take care of your mental health. Make this a top priority right now.

The power of habits and a good routine

“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine” – John C. Maxwell

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This statement is true, always. But especially important right now while our normal schedules are thrown into chaos.

Though it might seem difficult, or even pointless, to commit to a daily routine right now, it is vital for your mental and overall health, and by extension, your success as the leader of your business.

For me, I have a non-negotiable schedule that I do every single day:

  • Get up early
  • Exercise
  • Get ready for the day – into my usual work attire
  • Have a healthy breakfast
  • Take meal breaks away from my designated work area
  • Get 8 hours of sleep

Try implementing a good morning routine and see how much of a difference it makes to your day. 

The power of exercising & good nutrition

Exercise and good nutrition have a direct correlation to your mental health. This doesn’t mean you need to just eat broccoli and chicken 3 times a day and lift heavy weights.

It means fuelling your body with nutritious food and to keep active each day.

Whether that be a walk, a HIIT session or lifting a few weights – every little bit counts.

We have made this a focus point in our team discussions at BBG. We’ve each set realistic goals for the next 6 weeks (suited to our own lifestyles) and are sharing our progress with the rest of the team at each mid-week meeting.

I cannot stress enough how important it is to integrate into your life – especially right now.

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The power of rest, recovery and rejuvenation

Whilst keeping active is important, it’s just as important to rest and recover.

Give yourself time to just be present and in the moment.  Take time to “smell the roses” so to speak.  Everything needs recharging – including us.

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We cannot run businesses and build empires if we don’t take time to reset, recharge, reflect and rejuvenate.

I know this third point is hardest for many of us, because we constantly want to move forward and achieve our goals – and we feel like idle time is wasted time. This simply isn’t true – it’s vital to take this time to rest and rejuvenate, otherwise everything else won’t be possible. You’ll simply burn yourself out mentally and physically.

I encourage you to sit down, write a plan and work out how you can implement these things.

Please reach out and let us know how you go. We love hearing from you all.

Power to you!  

Stefan Kazakis 

CEO, Business Benchmark Group


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