You ever have a moment where you're explaining something to someone else and while you understood the subject matter before, you have an ah ha! moment where you understand it on a deeper level? I had a moment like that earlier this week talking to a friend at work.
She had spent a lot of time that morning discussing how she was working to avoid sweets and cut down on carbs because she really wanted to get in better shape and eat healthier. As you know, this is a journey that I've been on for a while. I've learned a lot of things from very knowledgeable people and experiences along the way although I'm still working on my own implementation....
She was having a particularly rough day that day and towards the end of the day she started talking about how she wanted a large cheese pizza, chocolate chip cookies, and a sweet tea. Then she said "I deserve that after today!" *Cue Ah Ha! Moment* I poked my head out and said, weeeelllllll, really, if your goal is to eat healthier and get in better shape, then you might really want the pizza, cookies, and sweet tea but if it doesn't help you get where you want to go, then you don't deserve it. You deserve to be strong and make choices that help you obtain your goal.
It made me realize how much we say what we deserve and some of those things that we say we have earned because of rough experiences, they're really wants. My friend chose to walk laps at one of the local schools and have a healthier dinner than she was previously dreaming of that evening. She deserved that.
I need to follow my own advice too. What can I do to help myself reach my goals? I'm going to be working to take a better look at what I deserve.
I can't forget that before I wore many of these hats, I was me. In order to succeed in my other roles I need to take care of myself too. This is a tough one because many of my other hats are more precious to me. I think many can relate to this.