One of the focus areas for superachieving is Self-Care. We cannot do anything in life, mentally or physically, if we do not take care of our bodies. And if we don’t take care of our bodies well, we cannot expect it to assist us in our achievement efforts, at least for a sustained amount of time.
So, we need our bodies to be well rested, nourished, and exercised in order to fully realize our potential. We all “know” this, but most of us “forget” it when we get really focused on a particular goal. Self-care is usually the first thing to fly out the window when we get busy as we claim we don’t have time to exercise or prepare a healthy meal or get enough sleep. Well, if you’ve listened to any of my podcasts, read my books or blogs, you know how I feel about that – saying I don’t have enough time is absolute bullshit.
On to this new strategy I’ve incorporated into my life that I hope will be one you can use as well. Essentially, in my mind, I have separated myself from my body. That sounds a little weird, so let me explain. I now state – “my body feels good” instead of “I feel good” or “my body is tired” instead of “I am tired.” Do you see the shift in perspective here and the implications around that?
Let’s take “I’m hungry” versus “my body is hungry” as an example. If I were to say “I’m hungry” I would think about what I want to eat – what would help me feel satiated. That could be a number of things – I love cookies, so I might grab one to quell the hunger until I can get a full meal. Essentially though, I’d probably grab whatever is closest, not thinking too much about whether it is good for my body or not (because it’s all about me and what I want.) However, if I say “my body is hungry,” my perspective changes. It’s no longer about me – it’s about fueling my body. What does my body need in this moment? That would lead me to hunt around and take some time to find something that would fuel it – perhaps a few carrots, an apple, something with protein.
Do you see the difference here? So here is your call to action – for the next five days, switch your thinking (and your language) to “my body” instead of “I” or “me.” Then pay attention to the different solutions your brain comes up with to whatever your body needs – sleep, exercise, nutrition, or whatever else. So – what does your body need right now?