Forget everything Barney the Dinosaur taught you: it’s good to be selfish. We spend so much time living our lives for other people when the one person you should be focusing on is yourself, and by turning your attention inwards you’ll actually start to benefit those around you.
We can start with your health. The most common excuse I hear from clients is that they don’t have any time to spend on their fitness. This just isn’t true. We all have the same amount of time to work with, and by making a few selfish decisions we can start to prioritise our health over everything else.
Take work for example. For many of us this is the biggest source of stress in our lives, and while you often can’t do much to change that, you can change how you deal with it. By making the time to focus on health, you will start and end the day in a better mood. The knock-on benefits of feeling better mean you’ll work harder, handle pressure more easily, and feel less busy.
Consider your kids: when you’re feeling fit and healthy you can give them more of yourself, play with them for longer and keep up with their adventures. In relationships, rather than slumping on the sofa in front of the television each night, you can be more active and more energetic. You will look and feel better around your partner.