Self-worth respects and acknowledges who you are. Yet sometimes you overlook your self in your quest to serve others. What you do for your motorcycle you must do for your self.
Body, mind and soul are no different. They need regular attention to function optimally and allow you to flourish. Caring for them respects who you are.
7 Ways to Increase Your Self Worth
Feed yourself well
Your owner’s manual tells you what grade of oil, fuel and brake fluid to use. Skimping affects performance and your safety.
Feeding your body a well-balanced diet of high-quality food, enhances physical, mental and emotional health. Accepting positive thoughts and emotions and stopping the negative from using your energy keeps your spirit healthy. Steve Odland tells you how in How to Stay Healthy on Forbes.com.
Listen to your intuition
If your motorcycle starts sounding, looking or feeling different, check it out. Earlier this year I felt a strange sensation through the rear brake pedal as I was stopping. When I checked them, they had worn out, surprising me because it happened at low mileage. I took immediate action, and there was no damage to the rotors. Read: 12 Tips to Make Your Motorcycle Run Forever on the AMA Website.
Your physical body and intuition sends you messages regularly. Listen to what it’s saying. It could save your life.
Use your gifts
Bikes that sit in storage for extended periods of time can rust and seize up. Designed for use, they can’t serve their purpose while sitting in a garage, unless of course they’re purely for show.
Designed for a specific purpose, you too are meant to out fulfilling it on your Road.
Look after yourself
Your owner’s manual tells you the frequency with which to perform routine maintenance, like oil changes, replacing spark plugs or air filter. These activities promote optimal performance and prevent premature wear.
Regular exercise, screening and physical examinations all help keep you in top shape and give you early alerts if something is going wrong.
A bike will go for extended distances without needing down time. But you do need to refuel, check the tire pressure, adjust the chain, check the oil, etc.
You need to rest and refuel body, mind and spirit as well, especially on strenuous parts of your journey.
Join a community
Between manufacturers, affinity groups, retailers, mechanics and aftermarket accessories, there is a wide support network of resources for your motorcycles.
You need the same thing. This means finding others who share your interests, getting involved and contributing your time and resources to help others. The more you’re engaged in life, the more joy and fulfillment you receive from it.
Adjust for the circumstances
If you’re going to be carrying a passenger or a load of luggage, you adjust the suspension. If you encounter a storm, you adjust your speed or pull off to let it blow over.
Life throws you all kinds of curve balls. Being resilient, flexible and taking it in stride not only gets you through, it also makes you stronger. Read: 10 Ways to Become more Resilient
Increase your self worth just as you’d do for your motorcycle. Routine care, inspections and replacing parts proactively keep your bike running in top condition. Body, mind and spirit also need regular care to function optimally and allow you to flourish. Caring for them respects who you are.