Today, I learned how important it is to pay attention to yourself. I’m currently re-reading Essentialism by Greg McKeown and I left off on a pretty amazing chapter this morning. I’m going to recount the story, but bear in mind I’m paraphrasing based on my memory. To get it in more detail definitely check out this book.
Greg dives into what he calls “The Asset”, and shares the story of a high performing executive who suddenly found that sleep did not come easy to him.
He would wake up in the middle of the night, like he was having an anxiety attack but without the anxiety. His body would feel the effects and he would just about fall apart.
After several emergency room visits he finally sat down and had a serious discussion with his doctor. His doctor recommended removing all stressful things from his life and take at least a year off. The alternative was he would be taking medication for the rest of his life.
The executive said he would take a few months off, and be back at it.
This did not happen however, because that first month he slept 14 hours a day and most days could barely get out of bed.
In the second month he admitted this would take a longer time than he thought.
A few years later this executive was doing a talk and was ask to recount his memory of this incident. He shared the value of “Protecting The Asset”.
In all that we do our great assets aren’t what we own, know, or even what we are capable of. Our greatest asset is ourselves.
Benjamin Franklin said it best, “An investment of knowledge always pays the best interest”. What’s foundational below even the knowledge is your body and your health. Both mental and physical.
Your Journal Focuses You Onto You
It’s great to think of journaling as exercise for the mind, and a habit that can give you space to focus on yourself for a moment.
In designing your spreads and working on yourself you’re able to make sure that the foundations of your life is being taken care of.
I’ve recently started limiting what my computer and phone are capable of. Such as limiting colors to black and white, blocking youtube, and tearing out unnecessary apps and programs.
In striving to gather too much, we lose space to focus on ourselves. This very blog post is an act of focusing on what is important to me instead of doing what youtube or a video game would want of me.
I’m building GoJournaling to be something that is really meaningful and helpful to people. At the core, focusing on yourself is the goal of GoJournaling.
I hope you can take the time to really reflect and decide what it is you need to be happy.
Thank you for reading, take care!