I know that I am a creative person, designing my own life with every moment of every day. What I spend time looking at, listening to, and thinking about affects my creation. So, if I want to create the very highest vision of myself that I can possibly create, I look for successful role models to emulate. One of the best role models I’ve encountered over the past two years is Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States of America. I told my husband that even as much as I admire Barack Obama, it’s Michelle that I look to and listen to more. I said, “She is the person I want to be.” I don’t mean that I want to be married to the President of the United States; I mean that everything I know about her is inspirational to me, and I would like to be more like her. There are so many reasons she inspires me: she’s concerned about her family and always looks to do what is right for her daughters; she is devoted to her fellow human beings and wants to be of service to her community, her country, and the world; she is devoted to her husband and looks and acts like a woman totally in love; she is smart and even better, wise; she’s gorgeous and obviously takes care of herself. When I’m looking for the highest vision of myself, I see that in her. So, my question would be if she’s all those things to all those people, how does she have time for herself? And her answer was found in the interview with Oprah Winfrey in her most recent issue of O magazine. http://www.oprah.com/article/omagazine/20090223-orig-michelle-obama-oprah
Oprah asked her how she finds time to exercise with her busy schedule, and she responded, “I began to prioritize exercise because I realized that my happiness is tied to how I feel about myself. I want my girls to see a mother who takes care of herself, even if that means I have to get up at 4:30 so I can do a workout. . . . I just started thinking, if I had to get up to go to work, I’d get up and go to work. If I had to get up to take care of my kids, I’d get up to do that. But when it comes to yourself, then it’s suddenly, ‘Oh, I can’t get up at 4:30.’ So I had to change that. If I don’t exercise, I won’t feel good. I’ll get depressed. Of course, it’s easier to do it [in the Whitehouse] because I have much more support now. But I always think about women who don’t have support. That’s why work-family balance isn’t just a policy conversation; it’s about changing the expectations of who we have to be as women and parents.”
So, if my role model will get up at 4:30 a.m. so she can exercise in order to take care of herself, then why can’t I get up a little earlier every morning to have time to exercise, too. It’s a waste of my creative powers to sit around making up excuses for not exercising. My creative powers are much better put to use envisioning the highest vision I have of myself in a physical sense. I won’t envision a pencil thin model in her 2o’s. I can’t be that. But I can envision a tall, straight, well-proportioned woman who is strong and healthy and exudes that confidence in everything she does and to everyone she meets. And then I can use my creative powers to start building that woman from the ground up. That’s how I can create the highest vision of myself physically.
If you want to become the highest vision of yourself, a good place to begin is with realistic expectations. Know what you can become; don’t try to create something that is improbable. Look for role models who represent that highest vision of yourself. Listen to what they have to say. And then with all your focus on becoming that vision of yourself, start working on it actively. Start today. Now is the time to create the highest vision of yourself.