Priorities. It is good to take a step back from your life and determine what is important to you. This way, you can allocate your time, so it is focusing on what matters. One way to do this is to make a simple list dividing your options into three categories – what you need/want to do, what would be nice but not essential, what you want to get out of. Then take action.
Pause. Instead of leaping in and saying yes to every request, advise the person that you’d like to think about it, check your calendar, etc… That way you are not guilted into saying yes when you know you should say no. Sometimes it is our need to feel liked or needed or our ego that drives us to say yes. You have permission to say no, or not now.
People. Surround yourself with people who get you, who have your back. You want to build your tribe of like-minded people who will listen, encourage and support you, especially when the going gets tough.
Perfection. Give it up. No one is perfect and yet we strive to make what we do fault-free. This is where good enough will do. Cut yourself some slack.
Physical exercise. When you “stretch” your body, you find yourself feeling better.
Perspective. We tend to look at life through our own lens, but are they accurate? There is a quote I like – “Just because we feel it, doesn’t mean it is true. “ Looking at a situation from a different perspective might change the outcome.
Here are two more Ps especially for me – Practice what you Preach.
Company of Women
I have had an eclectic career from running non-profit organizations and being editor of a national magazine, to working for government on women’s issues. In 2003 I launched Company of Women, an organization that supports women in business. A prolific blogger, I also write for the Huffington Post, and several other online publications. I am the author of five books on women and entrepreneurship, and co-author of Good Enough. Embrace who you are. Unleash your brilliance. which is available on amazon.ca In June, 2016 I launched Full Circle Publishing offering one-stop services to get your words out into the world.