Ok, let me make this little disclaimer. I hate working out. I haven’t always been the healthiest eater in the world. I like food. Good food. With that said, I want to share some thoughts about taking care of your greatest asset. I just finished a great book by Greg McKeown called Essentialism and one of the things that jumped out at me was his section about our assets. Let me be clear, this isn’t a book review.
[shareable]The best asset we have for making a contribution to the world is ourselves. If we underinvest in ourselves…we damage the very tool we need to make our highest contribution. ~Greg McKeown[/shareable]
2015 was a challenging season for me and for our family. I ended something that I loved but couldn’t keep going, which sent me into a spiral. There were times that I wasn’t sure that I would make it through the season, but with my faith and amazing wife (and kids) I took some steps to gain a different perspective.
I decided to to run a half marathon with my wife (actually she asked and I readily accepted) at the end of the summer. I needed something different to occupy my head and my heart, and quite literally my body. But you know what? It wasn’t enough. I needed something more. I needed something more competitive. So, in the middle of July, with only 4 weeks to go, I decided to do a Sprint distance Triathlon (1/2 mile swim, 17 mile ride, 3 mile run)!
Here’s what I know. I hate setting goals, because I always feel like they’re a recipe for failure! But I had to set some. I had to commit (I paid $120). I had to train. And I did. I trained and I finished. Then I did another one. And then Kristen and I ran the half marathon. We had a great time. Best race of them all.
So what’s the point? Simple. I needed to change the way I was taking care of myself. Specifically, taking care of my body. The result? I lost 15lbs. Had better clarity. More excitement in my perspectives. For 2016 the goals are bigger. Yes, I’m setting bigger goals. And, I want to suggest that maybe for you 2016 could be a different year for you too.
[shareable]Remember that if you don’t prioritize your life someone else will. ~Greg McKeown[/shareable]
Let me give you some suggestions of how to take care of your greatest asset this year.
Decide to make a change.
Find something to do physically
- Choose something active
- a race (running, biking swimming etc.)
- Find a trail to hike
- Set some goals of how to get there
- Search online for a training schedule ( I found a 30 day Couch to Tri Training Scehdule online)
- Change your eating patterns (We are giving up drinking alcohol for 2016)
- Include others in your goals and changes
- Doing things with others is amazing for growing friendships
- You’re not in this alone!
Since changing some unhealthy patterns in my life, I feel better. I feel healthier and clearer. I’m still processing other things, but I have goals ahead of me that I want to complete. And that’s a good starting point.
Question: What needs to change in your life today? Sit down with a journal and write out some thoughts then include your spouse or close friend in your conversation.