One of the cornerstones of leadership coaching work I do at Upside Thinking, Inc. is ensuring that clients understand the value of creating non-negotiables, placing themselves at the top of their own to-do list.  

When you’re working towards achieving your goals, it may take more energy than you realize.  

This happened to me last week where I outlined three projects expecting them all to be completed, and upon further reflection these 3 projects will take 6 weeks, not one, to complete!  

In my mind, I often believe that I can get something done if I simply will it to get done.  

How about you?  

This means you can experience moments when the expectations and deadlines you’ve created feel too much to bear.   

In those situations, adjusting your expectation and re-negotiating deadlines is important. Along with these active decisions, you need to mindfully fuel yourself for the big journey.  

That fueling must be consistent, sustained, and sustainable (financially and logistically).  

When you don’t even have the bandwidth to come up with ways to fuel your tank to keep moving forward, here are a few of my oldies and goodies.  

1.   Schedule self-care. Whether you exercise, call a friend, or take a short walk, taking time to care for yourself is critical to your overall well-being. You schedule meeting with other people, why not schedule a few meetings just for you?!?  

2.   Create a sleep routine. When I turn off electronics several hours before bedtime, I sleep better. My mind is unencumbered by something I saw – and I climb into bed lighter and more at peace. My sleep routine starts at 6:30pm when I go out for a walk in my neighborhood with my husband – and the rhythm continues for the next 3 hours before I crawl under the covers.  

3.   Notice your blessings. My gratitude practice has expanded from something I do once a day to something I do all day long. I’ve moved from writing down 3 things I’m grateful for in the morning and evening to noticing and acknowledging my blessings many, many times throughout the day.  

4.   Pause. You need time and mental space to re-charge. The only way you’re going to get it is if you are intentional about stopping for brief moments to enjoy the power of the pause.  

5.   Celebrate where you’re investing your time. Sometimes what you’re working towards is BIG – and it takes time to get to the destination. If you only track the outcome, you’re going to wait a really, really long time to celebrate. Look at the effort you’re putting into a long-term project and measure your investment of time, not just the end result. It’s important to see – and celebrate – your progress and commitment to taking all the small steps that add up.    

ACTION: The Upside Challenge of the week is to implement one of these 5…and notice how it affects your health, your mindset, and your effectiveness.  

The world needs you and your brilliance.

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