You Don't Have To Do It Alone.
For most of us, there is not enough time in the day and way too much to do. We run businesses, we manage a home, we have family members who depend on us. How can we do it all? And still enjoy life, not to mention be enjoyable to be around?
When we are stressed, it negatively affects our relationships, our health and everything we do. We aren't present, patient or work in partnership with others. We snap, we accuse, we don't trust. Because we are tired, and at times, resentful, asking "Why can't anyone help me?" it may be because we don't allow others to offer support, even when it is given.
I find that the strongest people I know are the ones that allow other people to help them. They have the confidence in others that once they are taught how to handle tasks and responsibilities, they can take the ball and run with it. If the process needs tweaking, they are available to support and guide them. They don't feel (or think) they can do it all and if they want balance, they don't want to.
Once we allow the help, we can work in our area pf expertise, and others can work in theirs. This not only gives us the opportunity to breath, it gives others the opportunity to grow and shine in their light.
In summary, accepting help gives you support and insight that can help you grow. It gives you the time to grow in your area of expertise and nurture what is most valuable to you, your business and your life.
Clarity, and then Consistency.
Lack of clarity leads to endless miscommunication and people not knowing what to do to become successful. The feeling of doing something wrong and "getting into trouble" feeds into people’s insecurities and creates an unhealthy workplace. The fear creates a survival instinct kicking in and then keeps everyone on separate teams, circling around constant miscommunication and misunderstandings.
Leadership needs to be clear on what the expectations are of their team at all levels, and then keep it consistent. Although many times doing things consistently will create discomfort because situations vary and not every customer or every employee is going to like it, we have to remember what is fair for all is right for everyone.
Eat Healthy Snacks.
Feeling an energy dip? It's probably your blood sugar. When this happens, it's hard to focus on the tasks at hand because all we are thinking about is lunch! Bring along healthy snacks to take the bite out of hunger so you don't dive for the left over donuts in the lunchroom, and are able to concentrate and communicate healthfully and productively.
This is a picture I took while I was making plans. I was getting ideas on paper and making it fun. Why should work be boring? We are visual beings and should enjoy seeing our ideas on paper so we can get the big picture and quickly edit what doesn't make sense for us. Our work can be an incredible source of gratification and contribution to others if we are determined to make it that way.
Don't be afraid to make a decision. Making plans doesn't mean we can't make change when what we are doing isn't working.
Mind maps are a visual and interesting way to get clear on what to do next. Starting at a focal point of where you want to be, you can design next steps and watch it become a road map to your success. This is something I do with clients and they find their dreams and goals are much more attainable than they ever thought possible! Email me if you would like help to begin yours!