Being a leader – especially in the business world – requires many hours of commitment and sacrifice. Often, we’re stuck in a constant mindset of “What can I do to help my business grow?” and “How can I attract more customers?” While these are important questions to ask, it’s just as critical to remember one crucial person who is the key to your business: yourself.

As the face of a company, even if you remain in the shadows, you have to be healthy – both in mind and body – to be able to make the best decisions for your business. Check out these 3 small life changes you can make today to become a better leader.

  1. Think positively. The best ideas come from an optimistic mind. If you find yourself constantly thinking negative thoughts or becoming stressed, alter your mindset to stay positive. Many business leaders operate under the philosophy that “thoughts become things.” So, think positively and you will receive positivity in return because you’ll be more open to greater ideas.
  1. Eat healthy and exercise daily. Many aspects of feeling overwhelmed can be lessened by taking care of your body. Feeling fatigued? Make sure you’re drinking enough water and eating healthy foods that will keep you energized and happy. Stop skipping breakfast and grabbing lunch out. Take the time to eat a healthy breakfast and pack a lunch. Additionally, make sure you’re exercising each day – even if only for 15 minutes per day. The success of your company starts with ensuring you are healthy enough to be less fatigued and more alert.
  1. Keep track of your goals. This will help you stay positive. Always keep track of what you’re trying to achieve, and the small victories you have along the way. Regardless of how you decide to organize it, keeping a list of your goals – along with any mini goals – is a fantastic way to stay focused on the “why” of your business actions.

Remember, you are more than your business alone. You’re a human too, and you need to take time to take care of yourself. So, make sure you’re not neglecting your mind and body by always being sure to think positively, exercise and eat well daily, and keep track of your goals.