Being Valentine’s Day, it feels I should write something about “Love”.
I had a long conversation today with a friend who has been fighting a few health challenges. The good news is, an exploratory procedure a few days ago revelled no issues.
We spoke about a number of things.
She has an elite sporting background and is beginning to learn that she no longer needs to be the best at everything she does.
She works in health and has an interest in reducing diabetics in the community. She provides a lot of support to many people and is a natural “giver”.
She said she has realised she needs to be a bit more selfish and to look after herself first. (My response was predictable)
It is interesting that people who have lived a life of high achievement, where by its nature requires a high level of selfishness, are out of touch with the need to look after themselves. They manage their performance before their overall well being often failing to realise these are of parallel importance
Everything is centred on achieving the ultimate performance, a personal best or a victory. Nothing else matters.
For all the attention placed on diet, training, recovery and injury management, there is little attention paid to the overall person.
Or, to put it another way, the self-love is conditional.
The same applies to high achievers in business. The focus is so firmly placed on the next development, innovation, balance sheet and performance data, often the need to look after yourself, your self love, is neglected.
When you buy that bunch of flowers, box of chocolates or other special gift for your loved one this Valentine Day, add an extra rose or freddo frog for yourself too, from yourself.