Do You Take Care of YOU?
Inside out change requires you to engage the power of your body, mind, heart and spirit. You need to take care of the whole person.
- Body – Your body is your power to act. However, if you focus only on your actions and behavior, your change will be unbalanced and incomplete.
- Mind – Your mind is your power to think and decide. However, if you focus only on your attitude and thinking while failing to act, there will be no permanent change.
- Heart – Your heart is your connection with the world outside yourself. It contains the emotions that drive you. Emotions are energy in motion. Without this energy, your body would not act. However, without the focus of your mind, your energy turns to chaos and you burn out.
- Spirit – Your spirit is your source of direction and power. In reality, you are a spiritual being having a human experience. Without your mind, heart and body, there would be nothing to have the experience.
It’s all about you…
You probably know the story of the goose that lays the golden egg. This story has many applications in our lives but, for the purposes of this blog, you are the goose that lays the golden egg.
Developing your purpose
As you develop your purpose, you must nurture the most important vehicle you have to get you there: You—your mind, heart, body and spirit. Too much stress and lack of methods to cope with stress stand in the way of achievement. If you do not take care of the goose that lays the golden egg, there will be no golden eggs.
Imagine you are on an airplane with your family. You are all joyful and expectant, about to take off on a long flight to a wonderful destination – perhaps across the ocean. Before the plane takes off, the flight attendant delivers the safety talk. Did you ever wonder why they always say, in case of an emergency during which the oxygen masks drop down, put on your own mask first, before helping anyone else – even your child sitting next to you.
Because of our natural tendency to protect our children, many will object and respond, “But of course, I will put it on my child first.” While this is a noble response in theory, in a real emergency, the parent will pass out before getting the mask on the child and neither will be safe. You need to put your own mask on first so you have the strength to put one on your child, and even help others. This is the first lesson of self-care: If you do not take care of yourself, you cannot take care of others.
In a future blog I will give you some tips on reducing stress