Physical fitness has become a top priority in my life. Until last year, I was among millions of people who all too often let the day go by without getting in some cardio, yoga, or strength training. A year ago I took a trip to Rancho La Puerta that inspired me to change my exercise routine. They say it takes 21-30 days for humans to develop a new habit; every morning we hiked at dawn, and I found it so refreshing and invigorating that I continued the routine of early morning workouts when I returned home. Overtime I managed to make early morning exercise my new normal.
A surprise outcome was that I earned more money in 2012 in fewer hours. My mental clarity, my energy, my attitude, and my patience have all improved over the past year. 2012 was my most successful year, and I attribute that to the benefits of exercise.
I carve out 9-12 hours a week for fitness. At first, I thought this was disproportionate to the amount I work, and I feared it would take away from other areas of my life. However, I noticed I had more energy and subsequently I was more productive and efficient during my workday. Clearing of the mind allows for better decisions to be made quickly. In real estate, deals happen beyond the 9-5 workday, and the time spent exercising enables me to approach business with focus and intensity. I better utilize the 24 hours in a day and I’m far happier for it.