I went through a lot of my career struggling to keep up with the demands of a hyper competitive industry, a growing family, and my health. Ultimately, it was my health that always took a back seat, and it became a vicious cycle of lower energy, increasing stress levels and deteriorating relationships.
I had a lot of false starts over the years where I vowed to “change”, to “improve my health”, to “do things differently.” But, inevitably, life and work intervened and the same old unhealthy habits kicked back in.
Turning 50 was a milestone for me. I had suffered a series of panic attacks while I was the General Counsel for the EMEA region at UBER, and I was also having some heart problems. It was after the birth of my fifth son, and I started to realize that I might not be around for him and my other boys if I didn’t make some serious changes.
That was my wake-up call.
What will it take for you?
I know my before and after photos may look a bit extreme, but it has simply been a slow, gradual process of layering small, incremental actions, one on top of the other, in each of the four drivers of health – mindset, nutrition, movement and sleep.
Micro actions over time lead to marco changes in our health and performance.
So, start where you’re at right now. Health is not a single destination, it’s lifelong journey.
By the way, we still have a few free copies of our book, “Ready for TAKEOFF!: A practical health guide for airline executives and their teams to get back on top of their game”. (The before and after photos of myself and Natasa are on page 33!)