I love to get massages. Ever since going to massage therapy school a million years ago, I have been a bodywork junkie. I know first-hand the many therapeutic and stress-reducing benefits that receiving regular bodywork can bring. But, alas, I don't have unlimited resources of time and money to enjoy a pampering spa visit every week.
But I DO have an orange foam roller.
Since I don't have the freedom to get my weekly bodywork (at this point), I recently made the decision to bring the spa to me. At least one night a week, I get out my yoga mat, put on Spa Radio on my Pandora app, don my favorite workout gear, bring out my various implements of delicious torture, and roll away. After an hour of rolling, stretching, grunting, and moaning, my body feels so much better and more able to do more of what I need to do to reach my professional and personal objectives. Yes, it's not as rewarding as visiting the Mandarin Oriental Miami to get a 2 hour Thai Massage in the Spa Suite, but hey, it's better than nothing.
So often we convince ourselves that if we don't have the perfect outcome -- the luxurious full-body massage delivered by Inga the Swedish Goddess, the workout facility complete with Stairclimber and Bosu ball, the on-call personal chef who creates delicious and healthy meals, the perfect sales region with top-of-the-line products and promotional materials, or the executive leadership retreat led by Elon Musk -- we might as well not even try to improve. We convince ourselves of the lie that 'good enough' isn't good enough.
If you want to improve your body, your business and your bottom-line, consider adopting the Foam Roller Approach. Find those solutions that aren't ideal in comfort, ease, or impact, but are certainly good enough to make a noticeable positive impact to your goals. What short-cuts can you employ to move the needle while still striving for even better outcomes? What books can you read or podcasts can you listen to instead of attending a class? What meals can you prepare ahead of time to get the nutritious, delicious meals you crave? What workarounds can you employ to strengthen your sales chops? What social groups can you attend that may have networking possibilities down the road? What wellness techniques can you use to soothe your weary body and mind?
When we are open to embracing creative solutions to our challenges -- even those solutions that aren't ideal -- we set ourselves up for exponential growth in every area of our lives. Small improvements = Big results. What small improvements can you make today?
Theresa Rose is a business motivational speaker, award-winning author and expert on mindful productivity who helps organizations and their teams find more time, get more done, earn more money and have more fun. For more information, visit TheresaRose.com.