Powering Up Your Personal Power starts with Choosing You Every Day
It seems strange that just as were are told how life gets slower as we age our lives get even busier. When you were young the focus rightly was on your job, and your jobs and rightly so. But as we got older, and even into retirement we still tend to put others’ wants, not really needs, before our own. We rush out to help a friend, cause we never know how long we will be able to. We’re always ready to pick up or babysit the grandkids, even if we did have other plans.
Do you recall the days when retirement was approaching and thinking to yourself, what will I do with myself and so much time on my hands?
Did it worry you to the point of being just a little depressed, did it make you weary just thinking of it and maybe fatigued. Funny how the thoughts of having nothing to do can wear you out.
It is not the actual fact of having nothing to fill our day, just thinking of it drains our energy and our spirit.
However, once you start choosing yourself, a magical change takes place.
We often wrongly think of taking care of ourselves as selfish, but those are two different things.
Taking care of yourself and your needs is not selfish, but rather extremely necessary. In this course, we hope to inspire you to start choosing you every single day of your life.
There is a difference Between Choosing Yourself and Being Selfish
Choosing yourself on a daily basis is not selfish, but rather closer to self-care.
By choosing to put yourself first when it’s necessary, you’re making the responsible and well-thought-out choice to take care of yourself
in a way that is necessary to ensure your health and positive quality of life.
Being selfish, on the other hand, is putting yourself before others on a regular basis because you see yourself as being more important.
Selfishness is putting your own needs, wants, and beliefs over the needs, wants, beliefs, and sometimes even basic rights of others.
Do you see the stark difference?
So why Should You Start Choosing Yourself Every Day?
Now that you understand that there’s nothing selfish about taking care of yourself, let’s get into why it is that you should start choosing yourself.
The biggest reason you should do this is because you are important.
And if you don’t start treating yourself that way, how can you expect anyone else to?
Beyond the basic need for you to take care of yourself and your health, choosing yourself every day can improve your mental health.
It can improve your overall satisfaction with your life, and help you to seize opportunities.
It means saying no to things you don’t want to do or don’t feel right doing and saying yes to those challenges that might scare you but are good for you.
What Does Choosing Yourself Look Like?
Choosing yourself involves making the conscious effort to examine your needs and, when reasonable, making the choice to put them before the wants of others.
It’s similar to the idea of the oxygen masks on airplanes: you’re supposed to secure your own mask before you help a child with theirs.
The idea behind this is that if you’re incapacitated, the child wouldn’t be able to help you as much as you could help them if the reverse were true.
The same concept is at play for choosing yourself: you can’t do your best and be your best if you don’t take care of yourself.
Choosing yourself takes self-reflection coupled with a diligent and dedicated effort to change the way you think and how you treat yourself.
It’s saying no to a situation, event, or activity that makes you feel uncomfortable. It’s realizing that you’re better off staying home and recharging your battery than going out one day.
Are You Ready to Start Choosing Yourself?
Making the effort to start choosing yourself is no easy feat.
You have to be ready to commit to the challenge completely or not at all.
It takes time to get adjusted to a new routine like this, but once you do, you’ll definitely start to see improvements in your overall happiness and physical and mental health.
It can help to reduce your stress and keep you from being overwhelmed, allowing you the time to recharge your battery instead of taking on every single task, project, or challenge that comes your way.
So make the decision to start choosing yourself every day, because if you don’t, who will?