When was the last time you chose YOU?
Why it’s OK to choose you
Quarterback Andrew Luck stunned the NFL this week by deciding to retire at age 29. As he explained, the cycle of constant rehab had taken the joy out of the game for him. “I’ve come to the proverbial fork in the road, and I made a vow to myself that if I ever did again, I’d choose me,” he said.
How many of us would give ourselves permission to do that?
Most high achieving women (specifically the ones that take on all of the burdens of family, friends and our own businesses) put the need to be perfect before the need to be happy. We choose everyone else’s agenda before our own. To meet everyone else’s needs before our own. But what would happen if we did what Andrew Luck did? What would happen if we took a clear look at the things that truly make us happy and contrasted that with the list of things we do repetitively because we “should” ? What would happen if we decided to choose ourselves?
No, it’s not possible every minute of every day. Hell, most days you’ll be lucky to get to the bathroom uninterrupted! But when it counts, when it means that you’ll honor your commitment to your business and buy those cupcakes for the bake sale that no one really cares about anyway, it’s OK to choose your own priorities. When putting some time on the books for a stress free 15 minutes of meditation, prayer or a facial, it’s OK to choose to give yourself that time in order to show up with a deeper sense of self and a smile.
You have the right to choose yourself. If the life you’re living is no longer fulfilling, it’s time to get off the treadmill. And much better to do it before you fall off.