One of the best things about working for myself is being able to make all the rules.
Like casual Fridays.
As I write this, I am sitting in my lovely office in a t-shirt, yoga pants, and sneakers. This is only the second or third time I have done this. I typically dress up every day for the office and for my clients, thinking it’s important that I look the part. I feel more official and good about myself when I’m wearing my professional clothes. Plus, you never know what will happen on any given day—who you’ll run into, and what opportunities may come your way.
Lately, I’ve committed to a new exercise regimen that leaves me in my exercise clothes more often. With my recent birthday, I’ve decided to make some changes to my lifestyle, to finally put my money where my mouth is—so to speak—and make living healthfully in my body a true priority. As I age, I’m noticing a change in my metabolism—a change that three times per week in Zumba classes just isn’t fixing. I need to strengthen my core and eat differently to improve my health.
Thus, the exercise clothes. And the heart rate monitor watch on my wrist.
Don’t get me wrong, I would never enter a client coaching session dressed like this, but there’s got to be room for my health in this fast-paced entrepreneurial world I live in. I need to live the best life I can, in all facets, so that I can be here for my kids as long as possible, enjoy my life with my husband, and serve as many people with my gifts and talents, professionally and otherwise, for as long as I can.
I used to think that I could do that without taking real time to care for myself. Boy, was I wrong.
One of the best things about being a coach for a living is that you are a hypocrite if you help others live better lives but are not doing so yourself. It’s built in to the profession – the expectation that you are practicing what you preach.
With each new day, there is an opportunity to make the decision to care for yourself—you, the vessel—so you can be of service to others, in your family, in your company, and in the larger community.
I’ve been studying and doing this for a long time, except for the aspect of my physical health. And now, I’m tackling that, too. Because I can’t continue to de-prioritize my self-care and expect to thrive as I age.
To ensure my success, I have surrounded myself with accountability: trainers, teachers, and examples to help me improve my self-care. I am building strength each day, continuing to commit to the steps I need to take to make my life better. It’s not easy, but it feels good.
And, I am already noticing benefits (even though it doesn’t show on the scale…yet).
All of this leads me back to casual Fridays—sitting in my office in my workout clothes.
I’m doing what it takes to make my business and my life work for me, promoting longevity and health, and tackling something that has plagued me for a long time.
Because, truly, there is no other option.
To live the life we want, we can’t ignore our physical bodies. Even if you feel you cannot take time to care for yourself, you must find time to make it happen. There always is a way—you health is counting on it!