“Achievement is more about loving yourself”

“Achievement is more about prioritizing self love over the demands of others, and over the short term rewards that pull us away from our goals.” -Tadayoshi Inoue

We often think about serving ourselves as ultimately selfish. Yes it is. That is the nature of living in a body in this life. I am the only one that can get all my needs and desires met. I am the only one charged with doing so. My life, my responsibility and my energy to spend as I wish. 

Loving myself is where everything starts. In order to even have a desire I must care about how I feel and what I want in order to meet that need. So loving myself is selfish and required. And being selfish in this way is good. Being selfish at the expense of others is not. 

So striving to meet my needs without damaging others is where its at. One fo these needs is a need to feel apart of something and to feel significant. To want and to drive towards the approval of my tribe. Accomplishments have always been a great way to win the approval of others. This serves a good purpose in our relationships with others. But it also helps us feel worthy of the praise and love that we so badly desire from out tribe. 

It seems to me that in order to gain my tribe’s approval I have to be selfish enough to achieve  something worthy of praise and selfish enough to love myself in order to drive myself selfishly towards these ends even if so much stands in my way. 

So I wonder, is seeking approval selfish? It sounds like it is in order to fulfill it. What do you think? Is this good? Is this bad? 

*If you are interested in my custom diets and exercise programs click on the link below or in my bio Evolve with Tad the Diet Coach and check out what I offer. There are also mindfulness meditation and mindset work that I include as well!

If you wish to understand the full breadth of how I can help you, just click the link below or in my bio and set up a free discovery call with me and let’s talk!



*Join my mailing list! Just text: TAD to 42828

About the author
Tad Inoue is an IFBB Professional League judge, Nutritionist and Professional Diet Coach for many clients and athletes worldwide. Tad has been in the bodybuilding and fitness industry for over 32 years and his clients include professional athletes, top amateur atheletes and all other competitors in figure, bikini, men and women's physique and bodybuilding, as well as individuals interested in optimal health. Tad was a National competitor in the NPC for over 30 years and now focuses his passion, knowledge and experience on helping and instructing others in fitness, wellness and athletic competition. His education includes philosophy, theology, nutrition, biochemistry as well as dietetics. He specializes in contest preparation for Figure, Bikini, men and women's Phyisque, Bodybuilding and fat loss for optimal health. Tad is also a speaker on mindfulness, motivation and joyful positive living.