taking care of yourself

A Powerful Analogy: Put Yourself First

By | Behavior Change, Mindset, Uncategorized

planeI recently did a blog post about my 1-3 year plan and man am I excited about it.  I talked about my vision and mission statement for what I see happening in the very near future.  I received awesome feedback from you as well that I will be using to further narrow down everything.  Click here to read the entire article and comments as well as add some additional thoughts.

flight-attendant-fridayOn common theme I have been hearing is that it is hard for some moms to grasp or be ok with the “put yourself first” theme.  At the surface it does sound very self-centered and selfish.  But I believe that couldn’t be further from the truth.

flightLater on this week I will be in Charlotte, NC attending a conference and then in two weeks I have the honor of speaking at one of the top fitness conferences in the world in LA in front of about 400 fitness professionals.  The past two months I have been blessed to travel to NYC, CT, Miami, Caribbean, Vegas, and Vancouver.  With all the flights I have been on I always am aware of a perfect analogy for this whole “put yourself first.”

I am sure everyone who is reading this has flown quite a bit know that before the plane takes off the, boring, (yet important) safety talk is played over the intercom.  I will try to remember the exact words of the part that hits me every time.

“If there is a sudden drop in cabin pressure, oxygen masks will fall from the ceiling.  Take your mask and put it around your face and begin breathing, then attend to small children or those around you, don’t first help your children.”

Do you see how powerful that is?

How often have you failed to put your oxygen mask on first and are desperately trying to put the oxygen mask around your kids, your husband, your friends, all the while you are slowly dying of lack of oxygen?  As you fumble around longer and longer, your ability to help those you love the most becomes harder and harder and less effective.  If only you would have taken the time to FIRST put your own oxygen mask on before helping those around you.  If you would have done that, you could be in the position to be there for everyone and give 100% of yourself.

I hope that really sunk in for some of you and take it to heart.  It can help make a statement like “putting myself first,” into a much better light.

I am curious what you think of this?  Have you done this before?