WHAT IS THE ONE THING THAT YOU DO, THAT HELPS YOU BE THE BEST YOU CAN BE?
The one thing that I do which helps me be the best I can be, is to consciously and consistently, act in ways that elicit excellence and respect for myself. When I do this, I’m optimising my time, energy, character, and ultimately relationships with others and myself.
I’m not perfect, we all have minor ebbs and flows. But I feel that this driving force, brings me the most quality bonds with people whom I love, a year round body I feel good walking around in, and health and vitality which frees me to do anything that I love doing!
Optimal health widens the margin for options in every dimension, compared with if I had limited health and energy. Conversely, to illustrate further, the sicker people get, the less choices about everything they have. Sick equals less freedom and I love feeling free.
My need for self respect means: I feel good when I’m known to be 100 percent a person of my word, when I know I will go above and beyond to help. And that without any fanfare, in private, I give time and service for free occasionally to those who absolutely need it and I think it needs to be me to help.
This desire to earn my own stamp of excellence means I show up for myself consistently, over long periods of time, to anticipate my best, “end game”. I’ve talked about the end game on my instagram for a couple of years. It keeps me focused on the small chunks of time which will someday connect to create what I am in 20, 30, and 40 years.
What I do this year, really matters for my end game. At 48, things can take turns quickly for anyone depending on our daily choices.
My pleasure at jobs-well-done means that I like leaving places nicer than when I found them and leaving people better than when I found them. It means I run a household, attend to clients, take my teens fresh lunch every day, and still do my cardio and weights to give myself that gift.
Excellence also means not being a martyr. This is key. I take guilt-free time regularly for myself in the sauna, beach walks, nature hikes, and I can’t lie … I have some vanity – an aesthetic physique.
The desire to be happy, strive for excellence and respect myself, reaches far beyond solely the physical. This drive pours into my relationships, the people I come into contact with during the day, the food that I am willing or not willing to put in my body (my kids laugh when I firmly assert that I will never eat a French fry or cupcake again), and even the copious amounts of sleep I often require etc.
And when it comes down to it, it all starts and ends, with feeling grateful. Grateful for the ability to work hard in the gym, run on the sand in my bikini, talk for hours with my kids, connect and hold space for my clients’ excellence until it’s overflowing in them. It’s my reward of excellence, to give.
I also love receiving the rewards from the discipline and commitment to my truth.