When Siddeeq Shabazz was playing in the National Football League, he had a great career and was making good money — but he wasn’t happy or fulfilled. “My experience of life was not enjoyable,” he said.
With guidance from his older stepbrother, Day Adeogba, who is also his mentor, and a lot of study and personal reflection, Shabazz found the missing pieces of his life. Now 34 years old and retired from the NFL, he is raising his three children in Las Cruces and working as a wellness consultant and health coach to “help people balance life” around three key principals: passion, purpose and priority.
“It starts with passion,” Shabazz said. “The model we live by doesn’t have the correct priorities.”
That model, he said, puts finances at the top, when actually, money belongs at the bottom of his six-point hierarchy: faith, fitness, family, friends, fun —and then finance. “I help people put themselves first,” he said.
Instead of judging success in life by how much a person has in his or her bank account, Shabazz teaches a more holistic approach beginning with what he calls “principled faith.”
“What you put your faith in … affects your experience of life,” he said.
Born in Germany, Shabazz was raised a Muslim, but has converted to Christianity. Religious faith is one of the “never-changing principals” that guides his life. “It shows you a way that you can never go wrong,” Shabazz said.
The most important thing is to put your faith into something that has a solid core and comes from the inside, not the outside, he said. “What’s at your center?” and “How principled are the things you’re putting faith in?” are two important questions to ask yourself, Shabazz said.
Shabazz is a big believer in author and educator Stephen Covey and “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” a book Covey wrote in 1989 and has since sold more than 25 million copies in 40 languages around the world.