Do More of What You Love
With such busy schedules and a million and a half responsibilities, we easily forget to do the things that we love. In our society, being productive and keeping busy is prioritized and often associated with success. But endless tasks, back to back and day after day, sap our happiness and drain our energy. Energy we often fail to replenish, leaving us feeling empty and tired.
Recently, I have been contemplating my own "busy-ness" level and the fact that I do some things well and some things not so well. Through this process, I've come to realize (and accept) that it's often the ones that I enjoy the least that I don't do well.
When I am operating in my strengths zone, I am happy and productive. The quality of my work goes up, I increase my impact, and my clients benefit more from me. Conversely, when I don’t do this, I am stressed and unproductive - in fact, some of these mind-numbing tasks really make me want to roll your eyes, walk away, and get back into bed, and end up taking 2 hours instead of 2 minutes!! This has allowed me to develop a strategy of "Doing More of What I Love" (get the free worksheet here) and it looks a little like this:
Identify my personal strengths. For me, these are collaborating with clients and spreading the power of coaching through teaching and one-on-one interactions.
Identify my weaknesses and offload these to someone else. While I would love to say that I have managed to do this, sometimes it can't happen immediately due to financial, logistical, or administrative reasons. But I am happy to report that I have slowly started giving up the stuff that I am not so good at or don't enjoy doing - an admin assistant, a bookkeeper, a web developer, and my own personal coach are just some of the amazing people that support me in achieving my happiness.
Nurture me and my brand. Since passing on some of these responsibilities, I have had more time available to focus on my coaching business, which also led me to create the Inner Circle and to grow a fantastic community of women, like you! In doing this, I have personally achieved a greater sense of fulfillment, joy, and peace.
This week I really want to encourage you to pursue what makes you happy by making a few small changes to your schedule. Swap out some of your precious time from performing meaningless and draining tasks to doing something that feeds your heart and soul.