We all want the lives we want, right? The lives we’re working for and deserve. So how exactly—and why—does the daily practice of extraordinary self-care matter in a culture chock full of ambitious individualists? Get ready for this news flash, friends: because the nose-to-the-grindstone success model you may be sweating is… well… history.
To get in on what’s possible in 21st century life, it’s truly time for a new kind of superpower: truly extraordinary self-care, routinely. Now stay with me while I break down my take on what that means, toward everything you intend to be and do.
But first, to back up a bit, the truth is that even the basics of self-care can be challenging in the trenches these days. Let’s face it, modern life can be an ongoing blur of non-stop action!
So extraordinary self-care is truly rigorous stuff, requiring constant self-examination and resulting clarity about how we use our valuable time. About how—and in what—we invest our precious life force. So let’s go there.
Also, as we go, know that any gains you make in practicing consistent self-care will directly impact the precious young ones you’re ushering into 21st century life. Now slow your roll, settle in, and consider these few minutes an act of… yes, extraordinary self-care. So you must be ready.
Time for a new kind of rigor
Because this subject goes deep, and gets super-real, fast. In fact, it begins with reflecting on our motivations, on our beliefs about life and ourselves, motivations and beliefs that may cause us to tend to drive ourselves incessantly, pedal to the metal, like used cars we don’t even value enough to maintain.