Grow a Spine

Grow a Spine

Grow a spine, so the saying goes, but in order for it to be strong, one must keep it flexible. In the medical world, the spinal muscles are important. Building and preserving spinal strength is central to staying healthy and active at any age. When there is an injury our nervous system inhibits the function of some muscles. For a balanced and truly healthy body and life we need to have strength inside and out, upside and down and front to back. They believe that quality back body strength has components to help anti-aging.  

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But in order to have a physically strong spine, you have it keep it flexible and nimble. That means, yoga, walking, back stretches and a sense of consciousness and awareness of your posture and positioning of the spine. But in doing so it makes you look better, lengthens your body and keeps you feeling young. There are so many benefits of a having a STRONG spine.

In life and in the working world it is important for your to stand up for your opinions and point of view. However, success is rarely achieved without seeing the situation from the other person's point of view and hearing what they have to say. And in doing so, you are opening yourself up to other opinions and possibly an even better solution than you originally had. 

I've dealt with people who were so strong in their stance it came to a point of complete stubbornness, where they were inflexible just because they could be. As always, learn to be the better person and in turn be more flexible and shift and pivot the conversation to a mutually agree upon outcome. And it takes practice and so much patience. Like any muscle, you have to exercise that skill to make it stronger. And the more often you do it, the easier it becomes, and less stressful. Like in your physical body of the actual spine, if you don't stretch it, it becomes brittle, painful and amounts to more stress and ages your body as it makes you even more limited in motion. And with that downward spiral, you want to do less and you can easily  become a shell of yourself. Don't let that happen!

So similarly in the business world, being so stubborn can inherently end up being detriment to your health AND your career. Less people will want to work with you and will almost even avoid even bothering with you, and in turn that could lead to less projects awarded to you and ultimately affecting people's perception of you and your career growth. Who wants that? People waste way too much time trying to prove a point.

I've learned from it myself. I let stress get to me to the point where I fainted and landed myself in the hospital. But partially it was because of the people I was DEALING with that were being inflexible. I pride myself for being fair, open minded and hearing all situations out. But you also don't want to bend backwards so far that you eventually snap. So its a delicate balance. 

I do try to do yoga once a week. It calms me and forces me to center myself, but most importantly, it strengthens my back and spine and keeps me nimble and flexible as I get older. So whether for your own health of your body OR health of your career, have a strong spine by exercising the practice of being flexible. Namaste. =P

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