You have heard of this idea before right?
If you pass out, you won’t be any help to that person next to you on the plane—those of us who tend to do the opposite of this in life have often heard this advice over and over. This is an important metaphor for those of you who run around taking care of everything and everyone else except yourself.
Self-Care starts involves sufficient exercise, proper sleep and nutritious food which provides optimum fuel for our body. When we practice self-care: Self-care is never a selfish act—it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others.
We are each given different talents and gifts. Even though some are more prominent while others are hardly noticed, all of these talents and gifts are needed and all are important. It is not the amount of talents, gifts or even money which we are given that matters, but rather how we use those talents and gifts. Help the disadvantaged. In the story of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19–31, the rich man is condemned because he doesn’t help Lazarus and because he trusts in his wealth too much. Don’t put self-gratification before the needs of others. First John 3:17 says, “If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?" Everyone is blessed when individuals use their talents, gifts and money to help others.
Do you just show up for meetings and activities or do you meet life with enthusiasm and ready to contribute to everything you do? Many of us answer to the noise of cell phones, technology, and other distractions that prevent productivity. Replace your distractions with Daily Intention.
We don't always have the answers to resolve every situation in our lives. During various stages in our personal life and career we find ourselves needing the support of others. During these times it is imperative the we either belong to an established community or have built a support group with whom we interact with regularly. This valuable tool of mutual support can encompass knowledge or even emotional healing.
Debra Vogel is an entrepreneur, public speaker, real estate professional and the author of Failing Forward. Follow along as she challenges your perception of failure to achieve success in life..