We’re all busy. Trust me. Every other successful person out there doesn’t have some secret behind their success. I used to think that I was the masochist putting myself through these crazy schedules and then would be surprised when others were excelling with what seemed like ease.
Unfortunately, I felt like weeping every day from sheer exhaustion and feeling completely out of control in my health. What I’ve come to learn is that they don’t have some genetic predisposition to being awesome. And they don’t have less in their lives going on than us. Come to terms with that. H. Jackson Brown Jr. is oft-quoted with, “don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.”
To be even more relevant, “you have the same 24 hours as Beyonce.” That’s putting it in perspective.
We have an incredible amount of time we spend, what I like to dub “puttering.” Puttering around the house – puttering on our phones – puttering running errands – even puttering chatting with people. Time is the most valuable choice we must cherish. Time is only our own and you must treat it well.
What are your goals? Why do you want to accomplish those goals? We start with this idea in Her Healthy Habits and move into the practical steps of making those things happen. Making the commitment to yourself to make more time for yourself – creating more time magically out of thin air? No. Restructuring your schedule and priorities to put your needs and goals first? Yes.
“The Year of Yes” by Shonda Rhimes made an exceptional impact on me earlier this year, and I cannot believe how often we don’t say YES to putting ourselves first. When you start to prioritize your health, your workouts, your healthy eating, your mental wellness… everything else follows. Life starts to fall into place and everything seems to align more holistically, healthfully, and happily. Can you have kids and still be selfish with your desires? YES. Can you have a spouse and still be selfish with your desires? YES. It’s starting with you that makes all the difference.
The more you capitalize on your success and your wants – the more you take care of yourself, the more you can confidently support and nurture others. How can you be patient with your spouse, children, pets, or coworkers when you’re running on little sleep, haven’t consumed anything but coffee since last night, and your exercise life is nonexistent?!
Sleep, healthy nutrition, consistent fitness, and mental wellness is the foundation for a successful life. A foundation for being the best you can be, presenting that beaming face to the world and seeming unconquerable. Untouchable. Say YES to you. Say YES to your health. Stop saying you don’t have enough time, because we all face that same challenge. Take control of your time and you will forever have enough to do those things you love.