I often ask audience members to consider what ME AT MY BEST® looks like for them.
I offer inspiring stories to get them thinking. Like Klaus Obermeyer, former Olympic skier, who celebrated his 80th birthday by clocking in at 80 miles an hour and now, at the age of 101 is still skiing! I also offer what ME AT MY BEST® looks like for me. As shown above, one of the ways that I manifest ME AT MY BEST® is when I'm doing a handstand! (In celebration of my earlier life as a competitive gymnast.)
ME AT MY BEST® can also be the simpler things in life - like when we are fully present with our partner, solve a challenging problem or have a flash of creative insight. Or, perhaps when we manifest the words of Maya Angelou: “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to fully thrive and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style.” This is what life is really about, isn’t it?
Being and becoming our best, however we each define that.
What are strategies you can use to become your version of ME AT MY BEST®? Here are three ideas to get you started.
1) Imagine what’s possible, invoking inspiration from Maya Angelou. Just naming what ME AT MY BEST® looks like for you is a powerful exercise.
2) Reframe well-being as energy. What are those things that restore your batteries? What are those things that deplete them? An extensive Gallup Healthways study that surveyed people in over 150 countries identified five key elements that are the differentiators between those who are struggling and those who are thriving. They are as follows: physical, social, career, community and financial. I also like to call out "emotional" as the sixth key element.
3) Be the change. While investing in our own well-being may feel self-indulgent, it is in fact one of the most giving things we can do. When we engage in self-care, we positively influence others to do the same.