Yesterday, I shared about the woman business owner who had an outrageously long list of to dos she accomplished in a given day. Some might say this is what energizes her so good for her, go for the insane list! She’s engaged with her life and accomplishing a lot for so many people.
Yet, her email “Are You Ready to Quit” says otherwise. It comes down to knowing what really gets you charged up, energized, excited and engaged… AND to what degree.
Think of it like making a delicious boiling pot of soup. You have all the herbs and fresh chopped vegetables. You keep putting in ingredients to add to the soup’s complexity. You are enjoying creating it and it is stimulating your sense of smell. You continue adding ingredients. And then with the last pile of carrots, the pot overflows. The pot did not have the capacity for anything else.
So, it is possible to have too much of a good thing. Having a challenge and a lot to do may energize you to a point. It’s important to know what that point is. With too much, you risk becoming ineffective, stressed, or worse completely burned out.
Calibration is key. Often we don’t know what our limits are until we have reached them. Then we have to scale back a bit to get back to that sweet spot of having our load be energizing and regenerating versus depleting.
Check-in with yourself today – where are you in loading up the ingredients for a juicy life? If necessary, recalibrate to full versus overfull. This is a key to staying resilient – paying attention and regrouping and refueling as necessary.
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