We all want the lives we want, right? The lives we deserve. So how exactly—and why—does the regular practice of self-care really fit in a culture filled with ambitious individualists? Get ready for this news flash, friends: because the nose-to-the-grindstone success model you may be sweating is actually… well, history.
To get in on what’s possible in 21st century life, it’s truly time for a new kind of superpower: extraordinary self-care. Really. So stay with me while I break down my take on what that means, toward everything you want and deserve.
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, know that any gains you make in practicing consistent self-care will directly imprint on the precious young ones you’re ushering into 21st century life. So slow your roll, settle in, and consider these few minutes an act of… yes, extraordinary self-care.
OK. Ready for a new kind of rigor?
Because the subject goes deep fast, and gets real. 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 value enough to maintain.