Being rich is not just about the balance of the bank account or the amount of possessions you have. Fundamentally, being rich is about the amount of self-knowledge and the balance between oneself and others. The foundation of well-being is being responsible for one’s own life and choices. Life is about making decisions and bearing their consequences. From the perspective of the work life and corporate world, this applies to both employees and corporate managers.
The year before last a bomb was dropped, as the sick leave rights were amended, and many people started converting their annual holidays into sick leaves as they became ill during their holiday. A common phrase for self-compensation was “my holiday was ruined because of a flu, and the weather was not that great, either”. As a doctor entrepreneur, I can’t understand this expensive thing and the thought of having the employer pay for the discontent. In general, the lack of cost-effectiveness is not a new thing; work communities have fought them long and hard. Its scale is broad; ranging from sick leave rights to working hour effectiveness problems, such as surfing the internet and taking cigarette breaks during working hours. One of the least cost-effective industries is the public health care, where resource allocation is stiff due to bureaucracy, and the community pays its price year after year.
Belief-based views and treatment recommendations make the choices more difficult for consumers and increase the challenges of the health business. On the front row of the media is a group of sexy nutrition and fitness experts, who are backed by puzzling and heterogeneous education. It’s good to have a variety of choices, but populistic, marketing-spirited and unscientific nutrition recommendations combined with erroneous physical recommendations are misleading and injurious to health for many.
Many corporate executives have the capacity to improve their efficiency and performance level by improving their well-being. From a healthcare perspective, well-being is traditionally synonymous to preventing illnesses and discovering them as early as possible. In practice, this approach is based on reactive actions, where the problem already exists and where smouldering fires are extinguished. Illness and problem oriented healing makes it difficult to see the forest from the trees, the holistic entirety of humans, which is reflected by a symphony orchestra as well as the forest metaphor. It is vital that the instrument is played right. In addition, the orchestra needs a leader; a conductor, who defines the tempo and dynamics of the piece. The human body also needs a conductor. The right kind of body management requires good self-knowledge based on the ability to listen to yourself, know who you fundamentally are and where you’re heading.
Good holistic treatment is more than finding the best surgeon for your knee or doctor for treating your blood pressure. Holistic well-being consists of everyday choices and awareness of them. Rest, sports, nutrition and spiritual energy are the foundation of well-being, and the entirety is like a pulley that needs all its parts in order to function properly. A colleague of mine, who got serious with endurance running, came to my practice one day and said, slightly embarrassed: “This is such a small thing, I wouldn’t have dared to visit anyone else than a sports doctor”. Another similar case proved how caring foot problems of runners affected close relationships on a broader range. A woman active both in her working life and leisure time had visited several doctors for a few years. She had been told to stop running, because running without pain didn’t seem possible. She became desperate, but she decided to seek for help one more time. We started pinpointing the problem by thoroughly reviewing her living habits, sports background, nutrition and load-rest balance, as well as the biomechanical state of her body. She came to me for follow-up a few months later, happy and pleased, as she was able to run without pain again. The best part is that her long relationship had been boosted by their interval training together, and the whole family participated in the running or cycling.
So what can you do to feel better? Finding your own well-being requires self-examination and commitment. The healthcare sector is still filled with the thought that declining health and degradation is an inevitable part of human life. That’s not true. Investing in well-being pays off, and it’s never too late to do it. As with the annual rings of a tree, age cannot be shaved off, but the quality of life can be improved. Think about three things in your life worth improving. It may be lack of sleep for some, as the case is for several people having a job position involving great responsibility. For others it may be nutrition, irregular eating times and an unhealthy diet. Should you spend more time on exercising? What can you do to correct the things? Prepare, plan and get ready. Make decisions, be stubborn about your goals, but flexible on how you reach them. The classic 80-20 rule works well for eating, exercising and everyday choices. Fixed results are not obtained by being too hard on yourself. Acquire experiences instead of things. The things of today are often the salvage of tomorrow. An experience, on the other hand, whether a trip or a concert, increases its value over time and provides pleasure for a long time.
Shakespeare’s Macbeth says “Present fears / are less than horrible imaginings”. In order to function as the orchestra conductor of your life or company, you have to face your fears and unpretentious sides. Everyone, be it superstars, top leaders or line workers, has their weaknesses and strengths. Working on them helps figure out the core of yourself. Everyone faces failures, and there is a rocky path of stumblings and disappointments behind several successful persons. The scars they make have a greater influence than the hit that caused them.