(This is Part 8 of The Coach in Your Head series. Read Part 7 here.)
When something goes berserk we get a lot of advice on how to get better, but not all of it is helpful. Name your malady and someone will say something. (I’m a chronic neck-pain guy, so when I even breathe a word about it, I’m sure to get a “Have you tried…” response. Some has been helpful; some hasn’t.) When someone else names a malady, we might say something, too.
Your Formula for Personal Health
But here’s the deal. Just because something worked for someone else doesn’t mean it works for you, because you’re fundamentally unique. That could go for a physical malady, but it could go for a routine emotional malady such as being depressed or lackluster. We mention feeling down and others quickly come to the rescue: “Journal your thoughts.” “Go to a movie.” “You need a vacation.” “Take a nap”. “Take a bubble bath.” “Listen to….”, and so on.
- The bad news: Many of the solutions that are offered to us don’t work for us (although who wouldn’t benefit from a bubble bath?)
- The good news: You actually have a unique way to stay healthy, and it’s indexed to your own personality.
(If you’re ever interested, I can break this down for you specifically and much more completely. I do something called a “Leader Intensive”, which can either be a 4-hour online or in-person appointment, or a 24-hour in-person retreat. It can lead to incredible personal breakthrough. Seriously, let me know).
Customizing Your Formula
But in the small space I have here, let me postulate that a good first step toward your personal health is to understand your personal source of energy. Are you a solar-powered Extrovert or a battery-powered Introvert? If you know how you receive and give energy, the coach in your head can nudge you toward health.
It’s simple. Extroverts should find regular ways of engaging in the environment and getting out of their heads. Introverts should find regular ways to be alone and recharge internally. Both types need both internal and external engagement, but follow this rule and you will start to key in on your own unique way to stay healthy. There’s more to it than that, but it’s a start. If I can help you with next steps, email me at email@example.com