Around 6 months ago, I had the great fortune of attending and getting certified into a program that changed my life. The program, Energy for Performance in Life (an in-house program of my former employer, Johnson & Johnson), seeks to expand the capacity of each individual to perform in all kinds of environments, especially high-stress ones (which, let’s be real, seem to be most of the environments we’re in now!). The key though is getting people to this state without compromising their health and happiness.
The basic philosophy of the program is that to be fully engaged, fully living each moment, we must be 1) spiritually aligned, 2) mentally focused, 3) emotionally connected, and 4) physically energized, following a top-down approach from the spiritual dimension.
To say the program was fruitful for me would be an understatement… the entire journey has and continues to be such a great source of EUREKA! moments for me. But really, the most basic (but also for me, the most life-altering) realization was this: I had spent the past 3 years (since leaving the corporate world) soul-searching, trying to discover where my passion and purpose truly lie. My energy and my time were devoted to ensuring I stayed true to my mission, that I evolved into the best wife and mother I could be. You would think I would be happy, at peace, ecstatic.
But I wasn’t. I was tired, lacked focus, and still felt something was missing. I hadn’t had a decent night’s sleep since February 15, 2011 (the day my son was born. Ha! Who can relate? ;) ) and at the same time, I was taking on more – work, family, son. Without my knowing, I had begun to, apparently, move into involuntary recovery.
I realized that I was so focused on the top 3 aspects of the “Fully Engaged Pyramid” – spiritual, mental, and emotional; but I had completely neglected the physical aspect! In my quest to be a great Mom, a great Wife, a great Consultant/Coach, I had neglected the very body I was counting on to do all the work; I had neglected ME. And because of that, I was de-focused, tired, and even if my heart said yes, it was so difficult to get the body going, the mind and energy focused.
At the end of the program, each individual is asked to commit to a 90-day training mission – just one or two action steps that you can truly commit to doing faithfully for 90 days, that will bring you closer to the life you want to lead.
So, I did. Right then and there, I committed to carving out time in the week to exercise, to get and stay active – a simple schedule of running on the treadmill for half an hour, three times a week. Nothing too extreme, easy as pie for some, but WOW. It made a world of a difference to me. I was so much happier, I was more focused, my mind didn’t go off wandering when I was playing with my son… And now, after 90 days, I actually crave the exercise, I actually crave the activity. Who would have thought? :)
Let’s take a few minutes to watch this TED video about a guy who dared to do something different with his life:
So true. So now I ask you, what is holding your energy back? What is stopping you from living the life you truly imagined for yourself? What small (and big!) steps can you take in the next 30/60/90 days to make a positive change in your life? Because really, as Matt Cutts said, “The next 30 days are going to pass, whether you like it or not. So why not do something you always wanted to do?”
Here’s to living life on play :)
P.S. – If there are people out there like me, who have truly neglected their physical foundations, here’s a nifty article on a 15-minute workout that you can do just about anywhere, no gym required – ergo, no excuses! ;)