Supermodel Gisele Bundchen and me really do have a lot in common :). We think along the same lines. She did her last catwalk last night and it was great to read about why.
“I don’t see how to continue (modeling on the catwalk) … and stopping will leave room for other projects I have for myself. Automatically my body tells me if what I do is worth it, and it asked to stop. I respect my body, it’s a privilege to be able to stop,” Bundchen explained in the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper interview. (Article here) She “has said she wants to spend more time with her family.”
For me, as I’ve been doing more trading in the US markets which is night-time in my side of the world, I was working along the schedule of my children’s schooling. Now that they’re in their summer vacation, I thought it’s time for me to step up and do the “all-nighter” trading that I was envisioning will capture more opportunities, hence more profits. I made it a priority. However, my body had other ideas. Much as I tried to reserve my energy and eat healthily, I just feel that sleepiness catches up with me and I may stay up till 1pm but not successfully making the decisions that need to be done because my mind’s reaction time is just not up to it.
And PLEASE, don’t binge on sugary food, softdrinks and coffee to stay “alert” .., chemically, sugar is glucose, when the glucose level rises in the body too quickly, the pancreas secretes insulin, which then drops the glucose level. This insulin makes the muscles absorb the glucose faster. So excess sugar is absorbed quickly by the muscles, and converted by the liver, leaving no energy source to your brain. Google might not have told you that!
It also meant, I wake up later than my children (and my son is an early riser, fends for himself, eating cereal or bread and plays computer games!) I also get easily cranky. So my soul is suffering, because instead of nurturing them lovingly, there was a lot more “tough love” (LOL). OK so that didn’t go well, and I knew that it was wrong “trading plan” for me, I had to, as Giselle said, respect my body and spend my time with my children, who give me the greatest joy and inspiration. Investing profits were also minimal because I was prone to making mistakes, becoming too stressed out and mentally sluggish. Not happy!
I began to concentrate on the early / opening times for trading which for 2 hours or so provides me enough opportunity and profit anyway to keep on doing this business. The schedule and activities is just a better fit and enables peak performance. As Dr. Van Tharp’s research has proven “trade as it fits you”, so trade with your body and soul in mind.
Happiness and abundance!