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Know Thy(my)self…

Hey, Lena here from the Wellness Fast Lane.

One of the things I’m noticing as I walk this road to wellness – and all that comes with it – is that the more I know myself the closer I can get to my wellness goals.

It is in the times when I forget myself that I fall short of the mark.

For example, I know that I cannot do back-to-back public presentations. So, if I have a public presentation on Wednesday, I really, really will not be at my best if I do another presentation on Thursday.  At least a day needs to be pass between presentations before I am able to be on my game again.

The exception to this seems to be when I’m away at a conference. And, that’s because I think I stay in ‘work’ mode while I’m there and when  get a chance to go home, swtching back and forth between ‘worlds’ is a taxing transition for me.

I know this about myself and I act accordingly (most times).

I know that I have the tendency to get really excited about an idea at first and then not follow through because of lack of time and/or waning interest.  So, I’ve developed an “evalutation Friday” date with myself. Whenever a new opportunity presents itself, I let the person know that I’ll get back to them on Friday. I jot the details of the offer down and every Friday I sit down and evaluate my opportunities for the week. Some I accept and others I don’t. This environment (as Cheryl would say) makes sure that I don’t agree to things that I’m not genuinely psyched about.

I know this about myself and I act accordingly (most times).

I NEVER do anything I don’t wanna. Period. I might not LIKE doing everything I do, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to do it.  I used to get punished when I was a child about this attitude. I would actually tell my mother, “Mami, go ahead and punish me now because I’m not doin’ it.”  To this day she still tells me that I was the meanest kid she ever met. :) (You have to know my Mom to appreciate this comment.)

This is a blessing and a curse because most times things I don’t wanna do includes exercise. Yikes!

The flip side is, I’m never resentful while I’m doing something and any task that I do is always done with positive energy to usher in a positive outcome.

I know this about myself and I act accordingly (most times).

I tell people all the time, “If you don’t want to know the truth, don’t ask me.” I will tell someone the truth no matter what. I’m known for this and, in fact, many people choose to work with my company because of it.

One of my favorite people in the world, Roy Williams, has a saying that I learned while taking a class within the hallowed halls of the Wizard Academy: “The risk of insult is the price of clarity”.  And, it’s so true. I remember vividly the moment Roy’s words tiptoed into my consciousness. I have never been the same.

All my life, I always wondered why people didn’t like my “straight talk”. And, in 10 seconds, Roy told me why.

I know this about myself and I act accordingly (most times).

The more I know myself, the better I am and wending my way toward wellness, because wellness isn’t just about physical strength.

It’s also very much about mental clarity and emotional fortitude.  And, the better I know myself, the stronger my mind gets. Sounds crazy, but it’s true.

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  1. You rock Lena West!


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