Courage: A Bi-Product of Self-Care
Usually this day makes us think about how we can do more to care for the world by recycling and supporting organizations that promote environmental awareness. Of course, these activities are really important, but I began thinking about self-care, the importance of honoring our own needs and abilities and how these activities are good for the Earth too.
So why is taking care of ourselves good for the Earth? Because we are all socially interconnected, when we feel better, others around us feel better too. Like throwing a stone into a pond, good feeling ripples outward and impacts those around us–in our families, our workplaces and our communities.
Capitalizing on our own abilities by building on our strengths and being our best self , is a surefire way to start feeling good. One way to be our best self is by making sure we have “We Days.” “We Days” are dedicated times for doing things for ourselves–particularly skill building activities, such as coaching sessions, exercising and relaxation. Called “We Days” (instead of “Me Days!”) because they bring value not only to you, but the community and environment as well. When we take care of ourselves, we make the world a better place for everyone!
Lao Tzu states in this week’s quote that courage is a bi-product of caring. Anticipate that attending to what is important to you will take courage. Maybe it is being asked some hard questions by your coach or maybe it’s asking your employer for more paid training. Whatever it is, know that by taking the courage to be your best self always pays off.
p.s. I always am interested in what you think about these discussions. Please post your thoughts on the blog…your constructive criticism and support is appreciated!
Certified Personal and Executive Coach
How about a “we” day, a “Wii day” for at home video exercises, and a “wheee!” day for those of us who like to have fun being active? Whoopee whee heee!
Whoo Hoo! Love it, Fun and Fit!!
For sure….until we learn to take care of ourselves, we are unable to take care of anyone else. A great example is the airplane mask…first put it on yourself so then you can help others.
really important to know this wholeheartedly!
What a great visual! Put that mask on first!! Thanks, Andrea.
Dr. Jones, Thanks for the great reminder. As someone with the gift of helps, I can certainly forget to take care of myself, which in turn limits how much I have to offer others.
Additionally, in 2010 I began to recognize that I was working in a ‘fast-forward’ mindset that didn’t create the time and space to reflect. Lately, I have been taking a better account of all that I encounter through the week; people, conversations, and what I have experienced. In doing so, I get clarity on what I am learning as I go, how I can best repurpose what I learn to help others, where I ‘missed’ and can look to improve next time, etc. It has been a great avenue of growth and fresh perspective.
Love that concept, Dave! How do you make sure that you get that reflection time?
When we take good care of ourselves, we’re able to better serve those around us. Great post!