You may have flown on a commercial airplane before. If you have, you know that while the plane is taxiing toward the runway, the flight attendants line up in the aisle and go through the safety instructions.
One of the main things they stress is this:
“In case of loss of oxygen, oxygen masks will appear from above. Put on your own oxygen mask first before helping your children or others with theirs.”
If you do not help yourself first, you will be unable to help others when they need it.
You have to do the same in life, too! You need to help yourself, first, before you can really be helpful to anyone else.
You may find the idea of helping yourself first a difficult one to accept. Maybe you have responsibilities, such as children or parents who depend strongly on you. Maybe you feel like helping yourself first is selfish. At least, that’s how I felt—until I realized that helping myself first actually puts me in a position to be much more for others.
Let’s go back to the example with the airplane to see if we can shed more light on the idea. We know that oxygen is our number-one need. Without it, we are dead in minutes. the higher we fly, the less oxygen is available. That is why the fight attendants really stress this point:
“Put on your own oxygen mask first!”
If I die in an emergency situation thirty thousand feet above ground, I am of no use to either myself or others. If I keep myself alive by getting the oxygen I need—by taking care of myself—I survive to help others.
So, before takeoff —before continuing on the rest of your life—please pause for a moment and consider the idea to take 100 percent responsibility for your life and help yourself first.
I want you to want to help you, right now. You owe it to yourself and everyone around you.
Are you ready for takeoff?