We know that you know this but … for you to be your best, you need to be properly fueled. Life is generally better if you’ve taken the time to fuel yourself emotionally, spiritually, and physically.
Many of us are more thoughtful about how we fuel our cars than we are about how we fuel ourselves. Working with people who strive to be high performers, we see over and over again how critical it is to pay attention to how you’re fueling yourself.
Take a few minutes to consider what fuels you.
Emotional fuel comes from connecting with yourself and connecting with the people who see you, respect you, and help you to feel good about yourself.
- Emotional fuel comes from treating yourself with the same respect you give to others.
- Emotional fuel comes from those moments of love, laughter, and being in a relationship with others.
Physical fuel comes from being connected to your physical being and tending to the flesh and bones that are you.
- Physical fuel comes from food, exercise, and sleeping enough at night so that you awaken to your day and your life with the energy and the stamina to do it well.
- Physical fuel nourishes your body, which is important since your body is what carries you through life!
Spiritual fuel comes from feeling connected with something larger—something that brings you a sense of meaning and purpose, a connection with God or the Universe, the profound wisdom of nature, or a sense of the possibility for humanity.
- Spiritual fuel comes from those things that remind you that you’re not alone and often helps you to find courage and strength when they’re lacking.
- Spiritual fuel comes from appreciating all that you have in your life— even during those times when it feels like you haven’t got much.
We encourage you to notice where you get your emotional fuel, your physical fuel, and your spiritual fuel.
If you notice that you’re running on empty with regard to any of these critical areas, we urge you to take a few moments to determine what it would take to move the needle (even if just a little) to fuel thyself and create a more satisfying life.
You’re worth it, Your Coaches and Allies at Carpenter Smith Consulting
To help you determine how you need fuel, we have a worksheet with self-care ideas. Really just 1-2 small things a week can make a big difference!