The year 2015 is a "common year", with 365 days in total. Although the year is described as "common", I have decided to make an uncommon commitment. I am putting myself first this year.
This commitment feels very unnatural, a little awkward, and at the most basic level - selfish; however, sometimes we need to challenge our "comfort zone" to grow, learn, and become our best selves.
In my daily life, I am: a mom to a furry dog daughter; a partner to my girlfriend; a daughter to my parents; a sister to my brothers; an aunt to my nephews and niece; a professional and mentor to my students; a colleague at work; and a friend (on good days). I realized that nowhere have I put myself or my needs to be an individual within this list. From how I see it, this is a common sentiment for most individuals I know.
Why do we put others before ourselves?
Although I can postulate as to general answers to this question, I want to understand the meaning and answers personally. As such, I start my quest and hope to chronicle my growth through this 365-day experiment.
I will start this challenge with my body and mind by entering the Bodybuilding.com $200K Transformation Challenge sponsored by Dymatize. The most intense and terrifying part of this is I will be chronicling my progress on a weekly basis between January 12 - April 5... pictures and all. I will also be reflecting on my feelings, insights, and struggles. Talk about full disclosure... Yikes!
Am I ready for this? I don't know...
Am I committed to this? I am not sure... but I know today I am...
Am I willing to try? Yes...
Why am I doing this? I need to know if I can...
The Challenge: What are you willing to do to put yourself first?
The Sticking Point:
Who are you without all your commitments? Is it who you want to be? Why do you put others first?