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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

  1. Choose something active
    1. a race (running, biking swimming etc.)
    2. Find a trail to hike
  2. Set some goals of how to get there
    1. Search online for a training schedule ( I found a 30 day Couch to Tri Training Scehdule online)
    2. Change your eating patterns (We are giving up drinking alcohol for 2016)
  3. Include others in your goals and changes
    1. Doing things with others is amazing for growing friendships
    2. You’re not in this alone!
  4. Start

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.