Tighten Your Career Belt

Published: June 24, 2014
By: Faye Hollands

My physio is a very brave man.  When I saw him yesterday he gave me some advice that I found confronting and many friends disagreed with.  It was one of those topics that most people steer away from, and he certainly took a risk with his recommendation!  But if I’m honest I know his advice was spot on, and importantly all of us can benefit from it when it comes to career and business growth.  So here’s the brutal truth…

Lose It

With only two weeks to go until my first marathon, and with a few injuries in tow, I went to see my physio where I endured an hour of pain comparable to childbirth!  After that, I asked him what he thought my best plan of action would be over the next two weeks to be in tip-top shape and his answer surprised me.  He said very simply “Faye, the best thing you can do is lose weight”.  See, I told you he was brave….

I was expecting recommendations of extra visits or a massage perhaps, but not to be told to shed even more kilos.   So I laughed, and so did he – but he was deadly serious.  And then he explained his answer….

You see, elite marathon runners weight around 45kgs.  They’re super-lean and super-fast.  I, on the other hand, weight an extra 20 and when you think about carrying around that additional weight when you’re running for 4.5 hours, over 42.2kms,  that’s a LOT of extra pressure the body has to deal with.  So when you put his comments into perspective, its smart advice.  The less I weigh, the easier the marathon will be.

The same goes for your career and business.  If you’re carrying around more ‘fat’ than you need, it’s going to slow you down and make you less efficient.  It doesn’t mean you can’t function, or achieve your goals, but there are ways that will make the journey faster and more enjoyable.  Here are some examples of extra career kilo’s you may be carrying: –

Career Kilos

  • Environment: Are you using old processes that make you less effective in your job?
  • Technology: Are you relying on out of date systems to get your work done?
  • Resume: Are you sending out old-school CV’s and cover letters that set the wrong impression?
  • Attire: Are your clothes and general presentation negatively impacting your personal brand?
  • Network: Do you spend too much time with the office gossip?  Are you being drawn in to political wrangling’s they are slowing you down?


Business Kilos

  • Marketing: Are you relying on old marketing methods that are ineffective?
  • Staff: Are you trying to grow your business with the wrong staff in tow?
  • Productivity: Are you using old systems and procedures that need updating?
  • Finance: Are you managing your finances poorly or without a clear plan?
  • Planning: Are you clinging to an old out-dated business plan that needs a major overhaul?


It can feel quite confronting to be told that you need to ‘loose the extra kilos’ in any capacity, but when you drop that additional weight and realise you can achieve your goals more easily and  effectively you’ll be glad you did.  I’ve shed many of these weights during my corporate career and also as a business owner, and the effort is definitely worth the pay-off.

What career or business ‘fat’ do you need to lose? Post a comment below for extra accountability and join me on my quest to achieve my goals in the most efficient way possible!

Faye Hollands

About Faye Hollands

Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success. To receive weekly articles to improve your career, business and time management skills click here or book your Free Focus Session here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email fayehollands@outshineconsulting.com

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