Another week has come and gone. That’s a good thing although they do speed by faster and faster, I dare say.
Have you noticed that when you love what you do, and you see the major impact it has on the lives of your clients, friends, or whomever, that you just want to do it more and more? I hadn’t really noticed all the reaching out that I do, yet when I sat back and wrote it down:
- a weekly newsletter
- daily (M-F) videos on LinkedIn, my YouTube channel, and Facebook
- a monthly Zoom call for Elevate Leadership, (this one here is specifically for women in leadership – see the link below)
- numerous podcasts etc.
- I’m on 3 advisory boards
- an extra class here and there to learn unique skills from great coaches
- networking and, finally
- seeing clients.
It really is a lot. If you were to sit back and look at all your daily activities, would you be surprised? Have you simply added on one after another until you finally realized, (perhaps) darn you are busy….? It is so easy to think that it is only one little thing until you realize, a large number of little things become a lot.
What do you do for yourself when that happens? What extra gift do you give yourself? Last night I was in bed at 5:45. I was exhausted. My last client was 4:30-5:30. Immediately after I was upstairs, makeup off, and nightgown on…. I slept until 4:00AM. I cannot remember when I have ever done that except being seriously ill long ago. The littlest treats become the biggest gifts.
I’m fully aware that in the ideal world I never would have allowed myself to become that exhausted but welcome to humanity. Every one of us knows what is right for us yet every one of us is human and falls prey to default behaviors.
Can you give yourself a break when you do?
Can you lovingly understand your humanity and simply do what is best for you when you see it?
The first gift is to learn what you need to know. The second is to put it into practice while also understanding that you can get excited by a “good thing” even one too many “good things”.
My frequent refrain of living consciously exists for a reason. Humility lets us see that we have immense skills, strengths, knowledge, and wisdom that we have been open to developing and/or learning. Because we have momentary lapses doesn’t mean it is time for self-judgment, only self-awareness.
Are you taking the time to stop before illness, emotionally, spiritually, or physically shows up?
Are you assessing what you need next?
Do you have permission to claim it?
My wish for you this week is that you stop – the moment you notice you need to. Even if it means sleeping for 11 or so hours….