Did you know that only one third of American employees feel they get to do what they do best at their jobs? According to Gallup surveys, the most successful companies are those with employees who believe they are doing what they are good at. This leaves us to conclude that two thirds of workers are working the grind and not doing what they feel makes them happy. What happens then, when company owners also feel they are not doing what they are good at or what makes them happy? You can take a lesson from Richard Branson.

Branson, who is an avid lover of all things sports, admits that for him, participating in sports has nothing to do with image, but instead, is a crucial element for his success as an entrepreneur. Making time for exercise and relaxation is essential, which is why he has joined in with the hundreds of other highly successful business owners who realize the benefits in kitesurfing.

Although the challenges of entrepreneurship can be quite the physical challenge, given the demanding long hours, work travel and general stress, these demands can take a toll on your health unless you create a plausible work-life balance. It’s just as important for business leaders to plan for exercise and relaxation as it is for them to plan for their career. Planning a work-life balance allows you a fresh perspective on company issues and thus, allows you to make better business decisions.

As more and more company leaders become aware of the necessity of exercise, Branson says it’s extremely important to do something that helps you distance yourself from the pressures of work or running a company. While it has become almost the norm for the modern business owner to always be ‘on’, it’s imperative to focus on other things such as sports, so you can gain perspective in other areas of your life. For Branson, the most recent event is kitesurfing.

He says for him, there really is no better distraction from a poorly performing company or general business frustrations than hopping on his kitesurfing board. This practice has proven ideal for forgetting the stresses of being an entrepreneur. He admits that at his company Virgin, he is well known for seeking out challenges that will help push him harder.

Regardless if these challenges are mental or physical, he notes that making even small changes can be extremely beneficial in the long run. The next time your at your desk feeling overwhelmed by the mountain of paperwork staring back at you, consider if you’d be better off going for a run or a swim first to clear your mind and refresh your body.

Article Author: Smiljan Mori is the founder of MindOver™ Network, Brilliant solutions for Performance, Motivation and Happiness. He is also the creator of  Financial Independence Academy TM , the Kitepreneur NetworkTM and Kitepreneur Business Success AcademyTM. He has literally created a successful business and coaching empire from scratch and is a best-selling author and motivational speaker who brings unparalleled professional experience and the latest scientific research from neuroscience and positive psychology to audiences around the globe. He has shown more than 150,000 people from 50 countries how to change their lives for the better.

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