In taking a leadership class, we were asked to write down five things that we valued in life. Then, we were to ask those closest to us what they valued most in life. Finally, we were to rate ourselves, on a scale of 1-10, how well we contributed to the values of those closest to us.
This was an eye opening experience for me. Two of my top five values in life are health and relationships. Since I am in the health and wellness industry, I assumed that health was just really important to me and not necessarily to everyone else. However, through this assignment, I realized that health was in everyone’s top five values! Think about it, if you did not have your health, could you work? If you did not have your health, could you take care of your family or friends? What things could you do if you didn’t have your health?
So, after doing this little assignment, I then asked myself, “If health is one of the top five values of most people, then why aren’t the gyms and workout arenas flooded with people all of the time?”
Throughout this exercise, I came to realize that even though health is a top priority in my life, I spent many days not placing value on my health, because work and life seemed to fill up my days. This shift in thinking caused me to reevaluate my daily tasks and priorities.
All of us are capable of filling our days with work, tasks, and busyness. BUT, in that busyness, what are we putting value on? Do we put more value in our job than we do our health? Do we invest more time in work than we do in our families?
This change in my thinking allowed me the freedom to MAKE time in my daily schedule to value my health and to feel good about doing so. How did I do that? Here are a four things that I changed in my life.
1) I intentionally have to make time for exercise at least 3 times a week. (Even if its 15-20 minutes, that is something).
2) I am purposeful and intentional about putting healthy, nourishing foods into my body. (Yes, I still eat sweets. Dark chocolate is food group in my world! I live by the 80/20 rule. 80% of my day is healthy, 20% I can treat myself).
3) I purchased a membership at Massage Envy. Once a month I allow myself to get a massage. This not only helps my physical body, but it also helps to keep emotional balance and I can escape from the world for 60-90 minutes. (Not once has the world fallen apart because I turned off my phone for 60-90 minutes!)
4) I make time to play. Whether this is coffee with a friend, bike rides, or a phone call, I invest time in those relationships that encourage and uplift me.
What are your top five values in life? On a day to day basis, does your life reflect your values? Do your daily tasks need to be reorganized in order to show that what you value most in life is truly being valued?