One key to successful leadership is continuous personal change. Personal change is a reflection of our inner growth and empowerment.
- Dennis Waitley

2014 March – Eligible Magazine Feature – “Self-Care And Plane Crashes”

As published in Eligible Magazine March 30, 2014

““Attention passengers: Oxygen and the cabin air pressure are always being monitored. In the event of decompression, an oxygen mask will automatically appear in front of you. To start the flow of oxygen, pull the mask towards you. Place it firmly over your nose and mouth, secure the elastic band behind your head, and breathe normally. Although the bag does not inflate, oxygen is flowing to the mask. If you are travelling with a child or someone who requires assistance, secure your own mask first, and then assist the other person. Keep your mask on until a uniformed crew member advises you to remove it.”

Sound familiar?

Self-care is the greatest gift you can give your loved ones and everyone you meet.

If you’re a Freedom Junkie™ like me, you have heard this safety announcement prior to take off on any and every flight. Our plane isn’t exactly crashing here, but you get the idea.

What does this have to do with you and your every day life?

GREAT QUESTION!

I used to try to serve/help everyone in my life before making sure I was ok. This lead to exhaustion, burn out, sickness, stress, feeling overwhelmed and pretty much ending up at the end of my rope.

Now, don’t get me wrong – I believe 100% in being of value to others and serving the people that are important in your life. But my big mistake was that I had the equation backwards.

In order to care for, help, serve and be of value to those we love and cherish…we must first TAKE CARE OF OURSELVES. We must put our air masks on FIRST as the safety warning says. After all – what good are we to others if we don’t make it (or a less dramatic version: if we aren’t in our optimal condition to care for them)?

Yes, that’s right – you must put yourself FIRST….”

For the full article, please click here: http://www.eligiblemagazine.com/2014/03/30/self-care-plane-crashes/

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