I've got to stop being a slob who does little physical exercise on the grounds that he is too busy with family and work. Our PM John Howard does his morning exercise every day and he is also a family man who runs a country. My duties are zilch compared to his.
And my duties are much less than the seven, superfit, senior business executives interviewed in today's Australian Financial Review ('Well-preserved at the top of the ladder') (subscription only) who eat well, have low cholesterol, exercise each day and who stresslessly run vast corporate empires beyond the scale of Harry Clarke Pty Ltd. Their healthy lifestyle allows them to deal with stress and perform at 100% capacity.
The thought of them all eating their muesli, sleeping peacefully for long periods, singing their Hare Krishna chants and jogging merrily through city blocks on their way to multi-million dollar salaries makes me want to throw up.
For example, Qantas CEO Geoff Dixon is 66 years old, weighs 69kgm, has brilliant blood pressure, gets up each morning at 5am to walk or run and to do exercises at the local beach and then heads off to negotiate Air Service Agreements with Lower Congo Bongoland. And this is no fad - Geoff has been doing this exercise program for 33 years. Geoff Dixon you make me sick.
Really sick. And the reason I feel sick is that I know I should emulate you but I don't. Its a self-control issue. Perhaps successful businesspeople have a selfish streak of egoism that I lack - that's a convenient thought. But, in any event, with respect to exercise, I make excuses or at best stick to short-term programs of intensive physical exertion. For the 14,600th time I resolve to change my ways. I will. No, I really will this time.