I wanted to take some time to talk about self-care and remind you to take time….
Oh wait, I mean make time to do things that fill your cup.
When you’re just going, going, going, and feel like your to-do list keeps getting bigger, you can start feeling like you need to do more. To push even harder.
I know I can certainly feel this way.
And that’s the exact time when you need to take a step back, chill, and do something for you.
It seems so counterintuitive to slow down to go fast, but if you’re running on empty, feeling stressed out or anxious, then whatever you're working on or whomever your working with will not get your best efforts. They are getting what’s left, especially those closest to you.
And you feel frustrated, tired, and just exhausted.
You deserve better for yourself, and those around you (family – pets included, friends, team, clients, customers) do. Your business does too.
So let's talk about continual learning, and specifically when you've invested money or time or both to advance or strengthen your skills as a leader.
Perhaps it's a small investment relatively speaking like reading or listening to a book. Maybe it's a course or seminar you attended, or training your company has sent you to for the day. Or perhaps it's working with a coach or consultant. And even it didn't cost you money, it was your time spent there, including the time spent creating the space to go and getting caught up again (or close to it) once you returned.
When you first went through the course, the seminar, or even worked with your coach, you probably took some notes as a way to help you process what you're learning. Once the course, seminar or coaching sessions are finished, you have every intention of fully implementing what you've learned.
Then more time passes, and although you know you learned a lot, you might feel like you should have learned more or that...
When you get ready in the morning, do you just throw anything that's clean on or do you take some time to thoughtfully pull your look together?
Do you iron pieces that would look even better when they're pressed or do you skip that part because it feels like it's an extra step?
Does the idea of letting go of clothes that no longer really work for your body type or position make you feel excited to update your wardrobe by bringing it in alignment with where you currently are or does seem like one more thing to do?
Your clothes - your style - is the first impression that anyone gets when they see you. When you dress in a way that makes you feel good on the outside, it amplifies the goodness that’s happening on the inside. It shows that you value and respect yourself because you take care of yourself.
It's a form of self-care.
Here are five ways you can ensure you're exuding confidence with your style:
As a leader, it's so important to refill your own cup, yet it can be one of the last things we remember to do.
There are many ways to make yourself a priority, but one easy way take care of yourself is to experience things that bring you joy.
When you get that warmth inside or a feeling that you could do something for hours and it feels like a few minutes, your enthusiasm comes through. Your joy shines through!
What are things that bring you joy on a daily basis?
Things that make you smile.
That light you up.
Do you take time to enjoy them?
For me, getting extra cuddles from my kitties and spending quality time with my hubby are at the top. Tasting a great piece of chocolate, feeling the warmth of the sun on my skin, spending time at the...
As you lead your organization or business, time becomes a resource that you might feel you don’t ever really have enough of.
There’s always something that needs to be done. Something that requires your attention for the vision to move forward.
Just as some tasks or projects are completed, new ones are added to the list. It can be all too easy to not take a break because it feels like there’s much more to do. And even when you are passionate about what you do, you can still reach a point where taking time out for you would serve you more than continuing to tackle your growing to do list.
When those points come, do you take the break, leave the office or computer and really let your mind rest or is your mind still at work?
What if I said that taking care of yourself needs to be on your priority list and not only when you are reach that breaking point?
It might seem selfish when there’s so much to do and...
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