Do you, putting yourself first

Why I Put Myself First: You Do You & Get to Give the Most Back

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You know how, on an airplane, you’re supposed to put your own air mask on before assisting a child? There’s a good reason for that and it isn’t selfish: you aren’t going help anyone if you’re unconscious. You: do you.

In the wild, mothers will sacrifice a child readily if it means she will live. Selfish? No. If she dies, all the children (including the potential for future children) will die with her. Real selfishness is actually altruistic—in order to truly serve anyone else, you must serve yourself first. Making yourself the best possible version of yourself is the highest and best way to give the absolute most back.

Serving Yourself to Serve Others: My Story

I left a promising career as an academic to … blog. I let down many mentors and lost friends. I had no idea why, or how, but some insight told me I needed to step away from the motions of everyone else and put my own life mask on. I had to do me. And in doing so, I took my research, mo work, out of the ivory towers of peer-reviewed publications and into the hands of the public.

When I put myself first, I learned exactly how I could uniquely help others. It felt completely self-absorbed, but… What I was doing wasn’t selfish. When people would jeer, I’d tell them “I’m only doing one thing here, and it’s the only thing I’m concerned with doing”. You are only doing one thing here: you’re here to do you.

Related: Self-Care for Physical Fitness. 

For me, there didn’t seem to be any other option, so other people’s opinions had to be put completely aside. Thank goodness for some successful entrepreneurial friends who egged me on, assuring me that by doing me I was doing the right thing, because they were the only ones who could see that by doing my thing I was about to give the best me I possibly could to the whole world. People who weren’t on my side, were quickly moved to the side. Anyone who doesn’t want you to put your own life mask on first isn’t your friend—caring deeply for your own wellbeing isn’t selfish.

The truth is: my actions have been self-centred. I did put every single that wasn’t my own self-development way back on my priorities list. I focussed wholly on what I had in mind and what I wanted to do. I created a product, from a theory I’ve worked my entire life on, and I’ve worked mind-blowingly hard to put the gears to the theory by testing every aspect out pragmatically applying it to my own life. It was hard. It was long. It was lonely. And it was all about me. Or was it…?

Being the Best You is how to Give the Best of You: My Outcome

When I’d grown into myself through doing me — my life started looking like my own. I was beginning to be able to show up for others in a way I could never have offered before. What I’d done not only benefitted me. It helped everyone who is or ever will be touched by my life! I started getting teary when the implications of this program were glaring me in the face—I was going to change people’s lives for the better… because I’d put everyone else aside. And now I realize too, that the focus was always to free myself so I could give back.

I just had to serve myself first. To give back.

Being a Jerk isn’t Self-Serving: A Word of Clarification

It’s important to note that putting yourself first should not then come at the cost of others. Other people shouldn’t ever be our stepping stools and their energy isn’t ours to harvest for our own goals. What we often call selfishness is actually stupidity. Putting yourself first at the cost of others will put you at a deficit. Short-term gain at others’ expense is a sure-fire way to put yourself far back in the running longterm. It isn’t selfish at all to do this, it’s unsustainable and wreaks of an inability to plan for the future. Putting yourself first simply means doing what you need to do before serving anyone else. Being a truly self-serving human would be to foster helping, healing, community & relationships. Because none of us is in this alone.

Only You can Do You

Sometimes we have to take a step back to see the bigger picture; we need to be encouraged to focus on what we are bringing to the table of our communities. It’s only then that we are truly capable to serve. Putting yourself first isn’t easy, but it is the only way to bring ease to life. We have to do the hard thing now, so life gets easy. And when we do, we find ourselves surrounded by those who are bringing their whole selves to the gathering also; we find ourselves surrounded with people who are fully capable (with their own air masks on) to give us a hand, to lend their highest offering of support, and enter the best kinds of relationships.

*Update: I met the man of my dreams literally weeks after writing this. He had taken years off himself, to work on his self. We are currently very happy and living on a tropical island designing unique programs that heal, strengthen & grow other people’s personal powers!

Taking Time Out to Make the Most of Your Time Here

What you bring to the communicable table, no one else can. We are all connected and you have a job to do for us that no one else can. It’s imperative you bring what is unique about you to light, and get confident, comfortable & connected with what it is that you truly are.

I’ve developed programs which use a theory I’ve researched and tested using multiple disciplines, in numerous countries and with information spanning the recorded ages, employing my experience as an athlete & academic to package it as a practical guide to effortless fitness. (I say effortless because it’s easier than staying in a struggle with yourself now. You still have to commit, you still have to take that first step and decide to put yourself first.)  But it’s unlike anything else out there & most importantly—it truly works.

You can access the free info & workshop on the program here.

Peace & so much LL

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23 comments

  1. Krystle Sanders

    Great blog! I totally agree with all that you’ve said. If we wear ourselves down and don’t put ourselves first, then we aren’t able to care for others. We are not going to be able to provide for others as well or as much if we are running ourselves ragged to do it. Self care is very necessary, and sometimes you gotta take a step back and let someone else handle things so that you can be your best you. 🙂

    1. Laura-Lee

      So glad you are hearing me, chica. Stay strong! Do you 🙂

  2. Pam

    This is so timely for me right now. Thanks for the reminder! xx

    1. Laura-Lee

      Xx anytime

  3. Kayla

    Yes! I’ve been going through this same battle, trying to be more selfish so I can help others later on. My guilt is still creeping on, but I’m such a better person to be around when I do hang out with people. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Laura-Lee

      So glad you like it. Oh my gosh, I feel you – I get anxious tightness in my chest sometimes when I take time out just for me! But breathing through it and just telling myself this is actually for the best everything helps me tonnes :). Peace

  4. Sarah Harris | makesmewander.com

    I am still working on this. I have taken two vacations alone (ok well not alone, but without kids) and it was so worth it. But I need to learn to draw boundaries during the week too when I’m still here but need time to do my stuff.

    1. Laura-Lee

      This is a challenge so many (often women) face. Kids are sponges and they can really knock it out of us! It’s then that they need us to refuel even more :). I read your blog, it seems like you’re a giver. Givers have the hardest times giving to themselves, but they’re also the ones who reap the most benefit! Because they’re right back otu there giving what they’ve received. Give yourself permission to receive :).

  5. Mia

    Lovely post! I’ve been practicing “self care” for the past 3 years and it has really made an incredible difference. I feel much more in control of my life and I feel that good opportunities happen more often. There’s nothing wrong with being the right kind of selfish!

    1. Laura-Lee

      Awesome to hear! I like that way of looking at it: “the right kind of selfish” :).

  6. La'Shelle

    This is sooo good!! How can we truly give of ourselves if we don’t take the time to refuel or how can we love, if we never learn how to love who we are! I agree, taking time to care for self is indeed selfless.

    1. Laura-Lee

      You get it, girl. <3

  7. Kyia

    Can I just say that you are awesome in writing this?!? This is exactly where I would like to be in my life. Thank you for inspiring me!

  8. Nicole

    I actually just wrote an article about something very similar to this! Putting yourself first is essential to your own livelihood. You need to understand that you matter above all else and you need to be comfortable in your own skin. By allowing others to dictate your thoughts and actions means that you don’t truly honor yourself. Great post!

  9. DeeJay | Life With Littles

    I am such a selfless person and I find I give and give until I am empty and then try to refill by hibernating. That is not healthy for anyone, especially not my kids. I am learning (slowly) that it is okay to be selfish sometimes. Thank you for the reminder!

  10. Chantelle

    Self care is so important these days! I’ve resorted to taking 2 nights a week to have a mini spa night at home. It’s been great!

  11. Anna Macko

    Amazing! I 100% agree. We have to be selfish sometimes to push through to the next level. Everyone wants a piece but it is only by taking time for ourselves and doing what we really want to do and follow our heart that we feel we can grow – even if it is difficult – even if we have to do it alone! Eventually when we start doing what we love, we will meet other people doing what they love and doing epic shit! Good post!

    1. Laura-Lee

      Yes girl. You know it. All the good vibes to you!

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  14. billy

    Hello, leura lee.. I’ll start off with how you put it,” the end justifies the means” totally agree thank you very much I had lock on my brain I lifted someone so high above myself so I was in fifth spot mum and dad they was 3and 4th I may have been last “Many Thanks” to the others that I don’t know.. And it was simple in the end 1st 2nd and 3rd are still in that order… but I love myself more

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