The Importance of Putting Yourself First

A recent podcast with Vishen Lakhani, the CEO of Mindvalley caught our attention this week. In the interview, he was talking about how he always puts himself first. And when he says that, he means before his business, before his career aspirations. He prioritises his exercise sessions, his meditation, his self-care above anything else. He doesn’t have meetings until he’s finished his meditation and he never skips a gym workout for work or business. We found that really interesting – Also referred to as non-negotiables, and for some this might look like, a spin class, personal training, a daily meditation. These are activities that no matter what’s going on, will always supersede other priorities.

 

It’s paramount importance that you look after yourself before looking after your job, business, whatever may be taking more attention. Far too many people, men and women, are putting themselves right at the bottom of the pile, yet stating their values are to be there for their family and to have a successful career. If you’re going to do those things you have got to put yourself first and it doesn’t mean saying you’re not going out with the family this weekend. It’s simply carving out 10-15 minutes a day for yourself, to do a really focused workout, to meditate, to just sit and practise what we call heartfulness, which is doing something for you or some form of contribution. But you’re putting your own health first.

 

This is often quoted using the metaphor of the oxygen mask, where we encourage people to put their oxygen mask on first on an aeroplane so that you can be of service to the people around you, particularly the children and the more vulnerable people. Exactly the same in business and in life, we have to put our own oxygen mask on first, so we can be of use to other people.

 

So please try and think about that and see if you can move away from the idea that you don’t count, you need to come last, other people’s needs are more important that yours. It’s really important just to take care of yourself before you do anything else.

 

To touch back on Vishen Lakhiani, he runs a multi-million pound empire with Mindvalley, and that’s still his rule and he attributes that as a significant contributor to his success. I think that’s a really, really key point. You’re the engine of your life, you’re the engine of your business and your career, so take care of yourself.

 

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