Your Body Is Speaking (Are You Listening?)
Last night I watched an impactful reminder of why it’s crucial we practice the wisdom of taking care of ourselves first.
You know what a big deal I think this is; thus it bears repeating.
You know how coaches always say to put your own oxygen mask on first?
And do you know how many coaches are good at saying it but not living it? Yes, coaches, this post is for us, too!
It isn’t just a page taken from the “what-to-say-when-you-don’t-know-what-else-to-say” coach playbook.
Coaches preach this because it matters! It is critical we take care of ourselves first and foremost.
Not putting ourselves at the end of the list, after everything else is done and everyone else is happy & taken care. YOU have to be first. Or you’re no good to anyone.
Just ask Russell, the leader of the dominating tribe on Survivor (one of tv’s most popular reality shows), who proved it last week.
In the most recent episode (which I just saw yesterday since I was at a coach conference last week), Russell pushed himself to the point of exhaustion and was removed for medical purposes from the game – against his wishes.
One of Survivor’s most powerful players couldn’t stand, couldn’t even keep his eyes open, actually blacked out (twice) and yet still insisted he was “good to go.”
(If you didn’t see it, you can still read it or watch it.)
Who here is doing the same thing in their life?
Who is ignoring inner guidance? Who pushes themselves to do things that don’t feel good?
You think that’s taking you anywhere good?
Please be clear: when we live this way, NO ONE wins.
I know we think we “have to” because it’s our job, others are counting on us, no one else will do it, it has to be done, etc. etc. etc.
But none of those reasons (rather, excuses) are stronger than what is good for you. And your body will tell you so if you think you know better!
Bottom line, when we’re passed out on the ground (or even headed in that direction), we aren’t serving anyone.
Here’s the beautiful thing: it’s not a mystery how to practice this. Your body (or your inner guidance) continually gives you information on what that is for you.
The question is: are you listening? And if you’re hearing it, are you respecting it?
Let’s not require a crash in order to get the message and change our ways.
Joy set a good example today in her post on asking for help, and much as I didn’t like seeing Russell leave the game, he offered us a powerful example as well.
I’ll lead the way here by posting in comments a couple ways I know I can do a better job of respecting my “feel good.” Will you join me?
That’s a step in the downstream direction!