“Taking care of yourself doesn’t mean me first. It means me too.”
—L.R. Knost, Editor-in-Chief of Holistic Parenting Magazine
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Do you eat a healthy diet? Get regular exercise? How much sleep and rest do you get to recharge and renew?
If your answers aren’t to your liking, most experts would suggest some significant upgrades.
We all fall out of balance from time to time but far too many people—for a variety of seemingly good reasons—are paying a very high price. They assume being selfless and always putting others first is the optimal way of living a meaningful life.
“How are you tending to the emerging story of your life?”
—Attributed to Carol Hegedus
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Today’s quote is a challenging question for most people. Upon close introspection, many of us realize that we are not doing the best of jobs tending to our life. We can be like a shepherd who falls asleep and notices upon waking that a good number of his flock have wandered off — or God forbid — were taken by a wolf.
Where have you been sleeping on the job or dilly-dallying through your days just letting the world pass you by, or following paths mapped out by others?
If you were to tell a stranger your life story up until today how likely would they stay riveted and engaged?
How can you do a far better job tending to the story of your life as you pen your upcoming chapters?
The Little Engine that Could is an American fairy tale that became widely known in the 1930s. Through an online poll of teachers, The National Education Association rated it as one of the Top 100 books for children, because of its key message of the importance of optimism and hard work.
The story’s signature phrase, I Think I Can is a key memory I have from childhood on the importance of self belief and self determination. My wife Wendy and I did our best to instill this concept in both our children.
Where and with whom would a bunch more “I can” and “I know you can” statements support greater achievement and life satisfaction in your personal and professional communities?
Much of my coaching involves supporting my clients in developing and expanding their leadership, management, coaching, and relationship skills. Mastering these skills helps them produce far greater results with and through others.
One consideration is the time it actually takes to reach their goals.
Today’s quote points to the speed and efficiency of leading oneself to a better future, managing our own efforts and resources, and adjusting our course for optimal results. Regarding relationship skills, rarely do we ever disagree with our own thinking!
There is an African saying, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
Where and on what personal or professional priority is it appropriate to use your “committee of one” to get something done?