It is hard to believe the end of summer is almost here. With just over three weeks until the first official day of fall, I am sure I’m not the only one mourning the end of family fun days at the beach, drinking coffee on the deck, and having a more relaxed pace at work. I am sure many of you are juggling work with getting the kids ready for back to school.
Don’t you find with all those years of schooling that back to school gets you thinking about how you will set yourself or your team up for success in the fall?
I invite you to take heart. There are still a few days left to do these things. You just need to do two things first:
- Let go of the things that are holding you back
- Allow yourself to take this time for yourself and your family.
I know what you are thinking. You are wondering HOW you do these two things.
And here is the answer to that question:
You need to ask yourself, WHO do I need to grow into in order to be the kind of person that I want to be? The kind of person who takes time off work to hit the beach? Or perhaps, you want to be more patient or less judgmental with family or friends or you want to get your “brave on” and give yourself permission to say No more.
You need to take a look at HOW you can grow into that person. The answer is simple and necessary. You need to shed, you need to LET GO to anything that you might have regrets about. Things that you feel bad about. Things that you didn’t do, or things that you did do. This is how you conquer your emotionally fit room.
Let’s start with shedding. Are there people in your life who no longer fit who you want to become? Are there conversations or connections you would rather avoid or reduce?
One client shared she is tired of people who are stuck in fear regarding the pandemic and she is ready to move on in her life. She finds her energy gets sucked out of her by trying to listen to the same things over and over and over again.
Letting go takes many forms. Some great ways to let go include journaling, writing a letter to someone who never receives the letter, sharing with a trusted person (friend/coach), and of course therapy. When you don’t give yourself permission to let go your body keeps score resulting in aches and pains, illness, and even cancer.
I know you might find it hard to believe but letting go and allowing yourself to enjoy the last days of summer will not only make you a better leader, but it will also help your team by showing them that they can do the same.
If operations will not allow you to take some time off work, you and your team can still enjoy some of these last days if you think outside the box. You could do things like:
- Hire a retreat facilitator to focus on resilient health habits
- A department picnic
- An office walk at lunch
- Organize a Potluck Salad Bar for lunch
- Hold your next team meeting outside in the sunshine
I absolutely LOVE the phrase, “When my heart is right, my world is right.” So what is it that YOU need to let go of in order for your heart to be right?
BE more kind to yourself.
BE more compassionate.
BE more forgiving.
BE more loving.
Wishing you a powerful week.
Resilient Leadership Speaker, Author, Coach & Retreat Facilitator
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