Fueling the body to keep up the (solopreneur) grind

Happy Monday folks,

Back after a very hot weekend up here in Toronto, as the summer heats up.

Let’s jump in:

A “cold” end to the week

It was a slightly quieter week on my end, for two reasons.

On the one hand, my days were actually quite busy. But for some reason, I wasn’t able to close as many new clients as the week before.

I’m not really sure why, as I had roughly the same number of demos and cold calling, I think it’s just one of those flukey things. Some weeks everything seems to “work”, some weeks they don’t.

Not to say I had a bad week, just wasn’t as great as the one before it.

And the one thing I keep coming back to is that, in solopreneurship and especially in sales, it’s all a numbers game.

You may get ghosted, you may have a good chat, they may not buy for X number of reasons. But at the end of the day, a lot of it – assuming you’re giving it your best effort – is still out of your control. But if you keep pounding the phones (or doing whatever it is you need to do), week in and week out, and trust the process, you’ll keep moving in the right direction.

I also caught a bit of a cold Thursday night, which slowed me down Friday.

I’m not sure if anyone agrees with me here, or if you’ve ever experienced this before, but I live a very healthy life and find that I only get sick when I let something slip. I rarely get a cold, but when I do, I can usually feel it coming on and know exactly why.

In this case, my Wednesday and Thursday were packed, and I ran out of food in the condo, and halfway through Thursday I was over-worked and underfed. And I could slowly feel my body get a bit weaker and a sickness coming on.

My fiance thinks I’m nuts and that I just “caught something from someone”, but I know my body… and I could tell I simply under-fueled and it led to a 3 day cold.

Can anyone relate? I need some backup here before I present my argument to her again!

Key takeaway: keep the tank full

In my case, if I don’t give my body enough rest and fuel, I get setback with a minor cold which sucks. I’m usually pretty good with it and have rarely gotten sick over the last few years, but need to do a better job of not letting those little things slip just because I get busy.

What I’ll be doing is coming up with a more standard weekly “menu” I can follow so that every day I know what I should be eating, each day and at what time (if you’re curious, let me know and I can share some of my weekly menu next week).

If we’re going to keep grinding, need to keep the gas tank full!

Book of the week

I’m still reading The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene. It’s a big book, and I’m about halfway done.

So far I’m really enjoying it. It’s one o those books that’s a good mix of stories and lessons (and lessons told through stories), and also one of those books that you want to read “slower”, because each page has a lot of meat in it.

I’m not sure if I’ll finish by next Monday, but I’ll certainly keep you posted.

That’s it for me – have a great week, sign up to get my updates right to your inbox here, and keep grinding,

– Josh

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