When you first read the title you may have thought “that sounds a little selfish,” but it’s not meant that way at all. Think about the instructions you hear on every airplane before you take off, “Should the cabin experience a sudden drop in pressure, an oxygen mask with drop down above your seat. Place the mask over your mouth and nose. If you are traveling with a child or someone who requires assistance, make sure you put on your mask first before helping the other passenger.
One thing I have discovered the hard way is that if you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of others. Whether it is your family, your employees or co-workers, or your friends, if you are not healthy you can’t be your best with others. Take a few minutes and rate yourself on the following:
- I spend enough time with my family.
- I am fully engaged when I am at home.
- I exercise at least three times per week for a minimum duration of thirty minutes.
- I maintain a healthy body weight.
- My key relationships are healthy.
- I have good nutrition habits.
Without getting overly complicated with a formal assessment, my guess is that you see a few things you know you need to work on. Don’t worry, we all do. Maybe, you need to work on all of the items listed above. I’ve been there too.
So, what’s the point? Am I going to give you a ten point plan that will magically improve everything? The answer is no. Although, over time if you subscribe or come back to this website I will share some thoughts on how I have addressed each of these issues and many more. But for now, I suggest a starting point. And, that’s generally the hardest part of the journey. The first step. Your first step needs to be answering the question WHY. Look down the road and ask yourself for each item above, “What is likely to happen if I continue down this path?” There is your why.
Now pick one area, and do something. And, remember the words of Abraham Lincoln, “Whatever you are, be a good one.”If you don't take care of yourself, you can't take care of others. Click To Tweet