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What do you give when you think you’ve got nothing left? Set aside your “to do” list and focus on “doing you.” #realtalk
Time will always be The Great Equalizer. Regardless of what we try to do to convince ourselves that we can bargain with time, the more frustrated we will become. There are a finite amount of hours in our day in which to complete meaningful and meaningless tasks. While we all aspire to accomplish a great many things each day and in our lifetime, the truth is that most of those things won’t happen in a day. There are so many other “hot items” vying for our attention and energy.
Any of These Items on Your “To Do” List?
Feed the dog, water the cat, iron your clothes, dance a jig, help the kids, get a haircut, pay the bills, go to church, go to school, clean up e-mail, complete homework/project, go to work, get ink for the printer, do laundry, grocery shop, clean house, volunteer, call <insert relatives name>…
This list could go on and on; however there is one key observation that we should all make regarding our to-do list. There is one element that is missing. Did you find it? Take another look. Don’t see it? Let us ask you this…What have you done for you?!? Where are YOU on this list?
When we have finished checking every item off of our growing “to do” list can you guess which items often go unattended or worse…didn’t even make the damn list? The missing items are the ones that have to do you helping yourself break free. We hate to say it…but if you’re not even on your to do list, you’ve got your priorities all screwed up #realtalk
We know what you’re thinking…but Brandi & Theresa…when I’ve done all of my “to-dos,” I’m so drained. I’m wiped out. I worked all day and I just have time to get some grub and hit the sack. I have nothing left to give.
Wrong…actually DEAD WRONG!
CAUTION:Real Talk Ahead
At some point we all have to draw a line in the sand and establish boundaries. Say it with us, “boundaries.” Good! We recognize that this is easier said than done; however, it is integral to combating the physical, mental, end emotional drain bound to ensue when you have given all of yourself to everything else but you. *TWEET THIS* Unfortunately, we can’t be all things to all men/women without sacrificing being present for ourselves. *TWEET THIS* When you feel that you have reached your breaking point that is the moment when you stop giving and start taking. Yep we said it. Take that!
This whole notion might be a tough pill to swallow. Grab your water, you’ll be alright. What do you mean stop giving and start taking isn’t that selfish? One could argue that it is, but the greater question is: to what end? The threshold will inevitably be met and your capacity for productivity and efficiency is capped. If you don’t take time to selfishly do for yourself then who or what will? The expectation that others will start placing your concerns and interests above their own will leave you disenchanted every time. Your altruism isn’t in question. The moral of the story: be selfish and start making YOU a priority
How to Break Free
Since we’re keepin’ it real, hang with us for just one more second. We are good news people at GenYus, and we’ve got a laundry list of tips and tricks that we could offer up in an effort to remedy this debilitating concern. But we know you don’t need any more lists in your life! The reality of the situation is that this topic has nothing to do with implementation and tools. The crux of the issue actually demands a heart and mind evaluation.
In order to move forward, you have to answer a couple of tough questions for yourself:
- What are you going to give when you have nothing left?
- Are you willing to be SELF-ish?
- When are YOU going to be your priority?
We are cognizant that this is a tough topic to discuss. But by bringing awareness to an issue that plagues so many, the hope is that we can unite and overcome.
If for any reason you get stuck while answering these questions know there are a community of like-minded people that are striving break free and work through the same things. This is something that WE (T, B, and Luke) continually struggle with, but know that together we can succeed.
Sound off in the comment section if you need a little TLC. Actually you can simply type “TLC” and we will follow-up with you. If you don’t feel comfortable doing that and would rather speak with someone live you can give us a call.
Say huh, say what?
Seriously…CALL US! These are real phone numbers with a real person listening and traveling along the journey with you. If you need us, call us, we would love to hear from you. Really, we would.
Hit us on the hip. Does anybody say that anymore?
Make yourself a priority and reach out…even if it’s just to say, “What’s up?”
Theresa – 313.300.0774
Brandi – 832.372.9539