How Sugar Is Sabotaging Your Success as an Entrepreneur

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Successful entrepreneurs know that a disciplined and dedicated work ethic is critical to building their businesses. It takes commitment to set goals, meet deadlines and learn quickly from our mistakes, but too many of us are pulling the rug out from under ourselves every single day by the dietary choices we make. We work long, hard hours, and, if we’re not careful, we find ourselves taking shortcuts and choosing convenience over health.

We get accustomed to cranking up our energy with a fast food meal, energy drink or candy bar. Deep down we know that these are unhealthy choices, but what we don’t consider is how our food choices are actually making us much less effective and are sabotaging our success.

I recently sat down with Raquel Baldelomar, founder and CEO of the national healthcare marketing firm, Quaintise, and co-author with Dr. Richard Jacoby of the new book, Sugar Crush: How to Reduce Inflammation, Reverse Nerve Damage, and Reclaim Good Health, just published from HarperCollins in April 2015.

As a successful marketing and advertising agency owner, Baldelomar has firsthand experience with how quickly sugar interferes with our ability to focus, destroys the sustained energy we need to build a successful business and creates chronic health problems that sap our attention and well-being.

Sugar’s impact is not always obvious.

Focus and discipline are essential to creating success in life, but both of these qualities require a clear mind. I asked Baldelomar how she came to fully recognize the negative impact sugar was having in her life and on her business.

“In the early years of starting Quaintise, I was working hard but found that I was riding an energy roller coaster every day,” she says. “I tried to eat the right food to stay healthy and get me through my days: orange juice and whole grain cereal for breakfast, granola and fruit for snacks, and a sandwich for lunch. I rarely ate candy or cake, but still, I’d be ravenous by mid-day and then I’d hit an energy low in late afternoon that would have me dragging. I just didn’t realize what was draining my energy and making it harder for me to do everything I needed to do to build my business.”

Fortuitously, she was building her business in healthcare marketing and began working with Jacoby, who had been studying the impact of sugar on our bodies. He’d seen the rapid increase in patients with peripheral neuropathy and diabetes in the last several decades of his practice and wanted to understand the root cause.

“Dr. Jacoby found that sugar causes inflammation of our blood vessels, which leads to swelling, reduced blood flow and nerve constriction,” Baldelomar says. “The highs and lows of blood sugar spikes and drops in energy that I was experiencing were really warning signs that my diet was not only working against my ability to do my best work, it was likely destroying my long-term health.”

Baldelomar began to look more closely at her diet and realized that sugar was everywhere, not only in the obvious foods such as candy, cakes and doughnuts. She discovered that all of the starchy carbohydrates, such as bread, pasta, rice and cereal were really just sugar in another form.

“I saw a cycle that many entrepreneurs fall into,” she says. “When you are young, you exchange health to gain your wealth. And then when you have it, you exchange your wealth to gain back your health.”

Break the sugar addiction.

“Working with Dr. Jacoby opened my eyes into how brainwashed we’ve been by misinformation,” Baldelomar says. “I learned how to incorporate good fats and eliminate sugar, and the difference in my energy levels and my focus were immediately apparent.”

How difficult was it to cut out sugar?

“It was a little challenging at first because, like most of us, I was addicted to sugar, but the rewards were immediately worth it,” she says. “I now stay focused and am able to work long hours without feeling those energy highs and lows throughout the day. And the long-term benefits means I’ll have many more years to thrive and grow my business.”

As a former professional athlete, I know that mental and physical strength depend a whole lot on diet, discipline and conditioning. The fact that we are undermining both our success as entrepreneurs and our long-term health without realizing it through our misguided notions about a healthy diet is eye-opening.

Originally Posted on Entrepreneur.com

Don’t Let Fear Conquer Your Greatness

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For one moment, just imagine what you would be able to accomplish if you knew you couldn’t fail. That anything you put your mind to or wanted to achieve, it would be accomplished.

I’m sure if you thought in terms like that, you would be a high-action-oriented person, hardly ever second guessing anything. Most people don’t realize or even come close to acknowledging the incredible potential that they are capable of. I believe that we all have greatness deep within us from the time we were born. However, somewhere along the way and the older we get, we let fear completely take over and rob us of the realization of just how powerful we really are.

This is extremely important because some of the most talented people in the world never get that idea off the ground, write their first book that they always wanted to write, open up their own business, or do something remarkable with their life, all because of fear.

Can you remember something you once wanted to achieve or a goal that you set for yourself, and the first thought that came to mind was “I can’t really do this” or “How will I ever be able to achieve this goal?”

I know I have had plenty of those moments. I always would set huge goals and then think to myself, “Stop kidding yourself Matt, you can’t do that.” It’s a natural human reaction to have those thoughts occur when you set huge goals for yourself, goals that will make you grow as an individual and stretch your current way of thinking.

Just know that those feelings of fear are completely natural and happen to everyone who has achieved greatness or done something remarkable. However, what must not happen regardless of how uncomfortable it may be at first is to let those same exact feelings prevent you from taking massive action and constantly moving forward. This unfortunately is a category that most people fall into.

There is a huge difference between feeling fear and letting that fear hold you back. If we want to achieve greatness and reach our full potential in life, one thing is for certain: We have to move past the fear and take action anyway! Fear wants you to stall and stay still. Fear and mediocrity go hand in hand. Don’t let them defeat you like they have defeated so many.

That is the whole point and purpose of setting big goals. They help us grow and move out of our comfort zone. If you line up some of the best innovators and highest achievers, I can almost guarantee you that they will tell you they felt tons of fear when they began to take action on their brilliant ideas. What they didn’t do is stop. They didn’t let the fear or thought of failure win the battle of their minds.

I challenge you from here on out to constantly expand your vision as to what’s possible in your life. The more we can see ourselves victorious and not being paralyzed by fear, the more that will prompt us to actually take action and get going.

The next time fear pops up, just go. The more you think about your fears, the more those fears start to define you. You were born to be great, so don’t you dare let fear conquer you!

Originally Posted on Entrepreneur.com

The Question You Should Ask Yourself Every Day

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Every morning, when we are given the privilege to wake up and embark on a new day, we are also given the opportunity to grow as individuals. One of the most important questions you can ask yourself daily is, “How can I grow today?”

That particular question is powerful because when you start your day by asking yourself what are the ways you can grow, your mind will go to work on finding the answers.

For the longest of time, I would constantly focus more on my work than I would on myself. I would become more frustrated as time went on, because here I was spending a ridiculous amount of time working on tasks, projects and other things while not focusing one bit on growing into a better me.

Jim Rohn once said, “Work harder on yourself than you do your job. If you work hard on your job you can make a living. If you work hard on yourself you can make a fortune.”

Over the years, I have found that profound quote to hold an incredible amount of truth.

The day I started asking myself, “How can I grow today?” is the day my life and business changed for the better. After I went through my morning routine, I would write down on a note card what I was going to focus on for that day in terms of growth. Somedays it would be to practice forgiveness. Other days it might be to learn a new skill or practice something I felt I was lacking in. Whatever the case, I made sure I got better and grew as an individual daily.

Growth is optional.

We all grow older in age, but growing as an individual is optional. It’s a choice you and only you can make. Every experience, thought, relationship and encounter in life gives us the opportunity to grow, whether negative or positive.

When you make the firm decision to grow on a daily basis, you begin to reap the real beauty and joy that life has to offer. There is no better satisfaction than to know deep down that you are growing more and more into the person you were put here to be. Since growth is optional, that leaves the majority of the population to take the easy way out and not focus on daily growth.

The reason why most don’t commit to daily growth is because it requires you to move out of your comfort zone. You can’t grow while you’re comfortable. Learning a new skill, refining an old one, changing your thought process, reading more or waking up earlier than normal requires you to move past your comfort zone.

It all starts with a decision.

Becoming the best you and growing daily doesn’t just happen by accident. It starts with a firm and bold decision. Just like anything in life, we are provided with decisions. Take the time right now to make the decision that you will grow as an individual every day, somehow, someway.

Create your own daily growth program. Whatever works best for you, do it. As long as you make a firm decision that you will grow somehow, someway is all that really matters. You owe it to yourself to reap the full benefits that life has to offer.

After all, we can only grow our businesses as to the extent we grow ourselves.

Originally Posted on Entrepreneur.com