Many people tell me they don’t have time for a healthy lifestyle because work, school, family, or friends need too much of their time. They think if they are not there for everyone else first thing they could lose their job, family, friends, flunk out of school or even worse: people would think they’re selfish.
Does this sound familiar? If the answer is yes, it is this belief system that has put your own health and fitness at risk and you to the bottom of the priority list. Can you recall what advice cabin crew give you on the aircraft before taking off? “In an emergency ensure you put your own oxygen-mask on first before helping others.”
The picture normally shows a mum securing her mask then helping the child put it on too. It makes sense, you can’t save others if you’re dead or incapacitated, so you need to make sure you take care of yourself before trying to help others in order to be able to help them.
What would happen if applying the same principle, you’d put yourself #1 for a month? What if you made a commitment to choose the foods best suited for your goals every time you ate, did 3 to 5 workouts every week, got to bed early?
I have trained and helped hundreds of people in the last 10 years to change their approach and become first priority for themselves. They share a common story:
When they become #1 they become more productive at work or school because they have more energy and a more positive outlook on life. They have better relationships with family and friends even if it means a few less hours together a month. Their friends and spouses see the change in them and enjoy the being around their new version even more. Sometimes it inspires their friends and family to also become more fit and healthy.
People who love us want to see us happy and getting on well in life. Your job, school, friends, and family do not just want your time with them. They want to see the best version of you, they want to see that you’re happy and healthy. And guess what, giving them some of their time back while you work on you lets them work on themselves as well.
I know putting yourself #1 sounds selfish, but no one else gets to see your best version unless you make sure you do it first.
It is by far the best part of my job is when I get to witness and be part of someone becoming their best version.
Don't you deserve to be #1?
Our next blog will give you practical advice on how to make that mind-set shift and becoming self-responsible for your health and fitness. Watch this space!