I woke up this morning feeling a lot of pressure. I had too many things to do today and not enough time to do them all. I found myself pushing through, planning my day, determined to use my MAKE IT HAPPEN approach. It was 6 am and I already felt exhausted, tired, overwhelmed.
An idea came to me to opt out of one of my commitments for the day.
“But I can’t. This is important for Sara. I have to go or I’ll miss out and let her down.”
I couldn’t embrace the idea of opting out of a day long commitment with my cousin Sara because I couldn’t bare the idea of letting her down, but I knew this one tweak to my schedule would free me up to take care of my other responsibilities and relieve a lot of pressure.
So, I reached out to her and asked for her input. She was completely supportive and offered an alternative solution for the two of us to make up the time together later in the week.
“Ahhhhh” the sigh of relief. My entire day was re-calibrated and a sense of control over my time was back!
I thought to myself about how simple that adjustment was and how often I don’t step back and make an adjustment, but rather push through instead.
In that moment I also thought about the bigger picture of where I am right now. I recalled how many times I heard my kids ask me over the weekend, “Mom, are you stressed out?” Not a proud thing to share with you today, but hey, it’s where I am.
That awareness of where I am convicted me to step up and create some needed balance. If my kids are asking me if I am stressed out, they are giving me a gift of reflection. They are helping me see my current impact. I have been pushing through with a MAKE IT HAPPEN effort and that pushing has gotten me out of balance and in stress. It is time for me to regain some balance and relieve undue pressure.
So, my focus this week is going to be balance. I will make necessary adjustments to my schedule and to do list. I will eliminate things from my that are creating unnecessary pressure. My goal is to be at my best, living with a sense of purpose and improved balance.
I want to encourage you today to take a look at your schedule. Take a look at your to do list. Reflect on the things you have heard your loved ones say to you about your impact. What needs to stay and what can you remove or reschedule? Remember that you have the power to create a sense of balance in your life. Don’t be afraid to execute the word “No” as needed.
Have a great day and a great week, rich in balance, empowerment and purpose!
With Love and Volition,