Stephen Covey, in his best seller “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, said that “Success is the greatest revenge.” I believe him.
The easiest way to silence your critics, including yourself, is to do what they/you said you couldn’t do.
In 2012, the year before my heart attack, I was the most active I’d ever been: was doing kung fu, boxing, running and lifting weights. I was in the best physical shape of my life.
After the heart attack, which seemingly came out of nowhere, I was so afraid to do anything physical…fearing that at any minute I could have another one. I gained weight, ate what/when I wanted, drank HEAVILY (to the point that I often considered whether or not I was an alcoholic), etc. My life was consumed by fear…and my drug of choice to combat it was “immediate gratification”. And whatever you consume the most of, you’ll seek the comfort and camaraderie of like minded individuals.
Last year, a couple of months before my 40th, I decided to take back control over my life…to recapture the man I was. I got a gym membership and solicited the help of a personal trainer.
Close to 4 months in, I’m in much better shape than I was! Definition and new muscle growth are appearing…which is awesome (tank top season is right around the corner!). But mostly, what it did was remind me that I AM important…that my life has value. I spend a lot of time encouraging others, that I get bogged down sometime and forget to nurture my own soul.
I’m here to tell you that YOU are important…and the standards you declare and maintain for your life are NOT selfish…and anyone that tries to tell you otherwise is wrong. I’m not talking about heartless, selfish pursuits, because that should never be confused with having standards. But it is indeed ok to love yourself and treat yourself like you do.
God loves you…and so should you!