You can’t save anyone if you can’t breathe. Think about it. Ever wonder why the flight attendant tells you to put your oxygen mask on first? It’s because you can’t save anyone if you can’t breathe.
It makes sense. You’re not much good to anyone if you’re running on E, not firing on all cylinders. Take care of yourself first so you can serve others better.
I think it’s interesting that in the times when I am most rundown, I am the least likely to do the things necessary to get back to full capacity. And it doesn’t just affect me either. I make poor decisions, become near-sighted, and get short with my wife, Claudia.
One of the best ways I’ve found to stay sharp and living my best is to everyday invest time alone to do three things: think, read, and plan.
Take time to think about what’s most important in your life and in your day. It’ll give you confidence in your business ventures and in life. My favorite way to think is with pen and legal pad in hand doing anything from doodling to writing out a list of pros and cons.
Fill your mind with new thoughts and ideas. Commit to reading at least 30 minutes everyday. It will inspire and energize you. It’s said who you will be in five years is determined by the books you read and the people you spend time with.
What gets scheduled gets done. As entrepreneurs, we often have a lot on our plates because we’re chasing big dreams and juggling many things at once. In addition to long-range goals, set monthly, weekly, and daily goals.
Make time for the things that are actually important rather than having your days crowded out by the immediate and urgent.
Take care of yourself first so you can serve others better.
Are you investing the necessary time to be operating at full capacity? How much more affective could you be if you had a clear vision and plan?