Has there ever been something in your life that was really important to you, but you weren't making it a priority? When working with clients I always ask them to identify their 5 core values. Don't get too attached to the number, your number might be more or less. Last year I even wrote a post about my core values. One of the best parts of writing out your core values is then when you check in periodically to see where you are it's like taking your own temperature. Checking in with my core values on a regular basis is as important as identifying them. I've been feeling off and not great in a few places, and I let that be an opportunity to check in with myself. By taking my core values temperature, I've realized I'm out of alignment with my core value of health.
Last year leaving corporate America, traveling as extensively as I did and frantically trying to do everything I need to do in order to sustain a new business somehow I pushed my health to the back burner. It didn't happen all at once, it's been creeping up on me. I'm out of alignment with a personal core value. How do I know I'm out of alignment?
- Not sleeping well
- Feeling like I don't have enough energy
- Working around the clock with days that start at 5 pm and don't end until 9:00 pm
- Working on the weekends
- Acne, ugh
- A few extra pounds
- No consistent workout schedule up until about a month ago so the few workouts i did felt horrible
Once I realized I was out of alignment with my own values, I knew that I needed to make a change. Making a change to get myself back into alignment with my health is essential to everything I'm trying to build in my life right now. There is so much work to be done in build a business and if I'm not healthy then I will continue to not have enough energy or be well enough to build the community I'm trying to build!
Here are a big health and vitality lessons I'm learning: Working around the clock and through the weekend is not only not healthy, it's also not productive. So many other kick-ass entrepreneurs I know are working their tails off and working around the clock. Sometimes there's a time and a place for that but if you get in that habit it becomes self-destructive and counter-productive. I'm going to do what's right for me and not try to compete in the who can work more game with my fellow entrepreneurs. I'm going to put myself first and draw a few work boundaries. I'm going to make the following changes in the month of March and I'm sharing them with you.
Here are the commitment's I'm making to myself for the month of March to get back in alignment with my core value of health or making healthy choices and habits.
- Make it to a Pure Barre Class 2-3 times a week (if you're in Greensboro Join me!)
- Go for a run 3-4 times a week
- Complete a whole 30 in the month of March (STARTING TODAY)
- Drink More water (1/2-1 liter in the morning before coffee, liter after lunch, and a liter after work)
- Saturday's and Sunday's will be no work! No looking at or answering e-mails, shutting down completely. I teach one private yoga class on Saturday's but other than that I'm claiming those days for me.
Being honest and sharing this journey of staying in alignment with my core values is motivating. I also hope it will inspire you to look at your own core values and decide if you're in alignment with them right now.
Is there any area of your life you don't feel like align's with your core values? What can you do to make a change so that you're back in alignment?