A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to speak to a small group of realtors involved in the St. Louis Realtors Leadership Academy. I really wanted to share something different with them. Something they might not expect. Something besides eat chicken and broccoli, and workout…everyone already knows that’s good for them. So I decided to talk about having a healthy mindset when it comes to work and life. I just happen to have a lot of experience in that area. And when I say experience I mean that I’ve learned by making tons of mistakes, I’ve not practiced what I preach, and the list goes on and on…)
Sure, it feels great to feel successful…whether it’s in your career, as a parent, as a friend, etc. However, if you don’t take care of yourself it’s going to catch up with you at some point and you may experience more stress, more sickness and maybe even more tears. You probably already know that when you are taking good care of yourself you’re a better person, and when you’re not…you might be a little more unpredictable. (Me…guilty.)
I get it. Life can get kinda crazy sometimes. Here are a few things I shared with the group that I also wanted to share with you. I hope it gives you some things to think about. If it’s success that you’re after… remember, success is an inside job. You gotta take care of yourself first.
#1 You gotta set your priorities and focus on what matters.
Taking care of yourself comes down to an understanding of your priorities. Say no to stuff that doesn’t fit. You gotta know/believe/accept what’s important to YOU and what’s not. And instead of saying I don’t have time anymore…try saying “It’s not a priority.” You might think twice then…especially when it comes to your health.
#2 Set realistic goals with your work, your nutrition and fitness.
With work…make sure you’re managing your time well and completing the really important things.
With nutrition and fitness…acknowledge where you’re at. Maybe that’s cooking three meals per week instead of all of them. Maybe that’s a few 15 minute workouts per week instead of five one-hour workouts. And do things that make you feel good. Don’t do shit you dread…you’ll never stick to it.
#3 Keep it simple.
Yes, please. Don’t overcomplicate your fitness and nutrition.
When it comes down to it…
- Eat a lean protein with every meal.
- Practice mindful eating.
- Eat some veggies.
- Prioritize strength training and/OR just go for a walk!
- Be grateful.
- Get some damn sleep.