During this challenging time, the topic of taking care of yourself is important and wanted to share this blog again with you.
Leaders always make everyone else a priority. They focus on all the tasks at hand and ensure things are being taken care of in a timely fashion. With this successful philosophy, we tend to forget to make time for ourselves, especially today when we are needed more than ever.
LEADERS ARE PASSIONATE
When we are passionate about the things we do and the people around us, it is easy for this to consume most of our time. Thanks to certain special people we interact with, they show us what we cannot see. They bring balance into our lives. They help us understand the importance and benefits of making time for ourselves – and it is never too late to start!
Bring your passion to everything you do. Figure out what your own passion is and invest in pursuing it. For me, I enjoy reading, spinning some vinyl and lighting a fire on a cool night with the family.
WHAT’S THE ANSWER?
The answer is to figure out how to make you a priority and the sooner the better. I keep working on finding that right balance to ensure one of the top priorities includes making time for myself. One of the goals achieved was working out in the morning. The other goal was to “unplug” on the weekends and getting better at it as we are home instead of going out socializing.
Take this time to enjoy it with your family and loved ones. Reach out more often and ask how everyone is doing.
KNOW WHEN TO LET GO
During our weekly team discussions, it is important to remember the team needs to lead. These discussions occur on Friday afternoon just before we head into the weekend. We let the team take the lead and have an open discussion on how their week went, what challenges and successes they want to share and have camaraderie as we stay at home all weekend with less contact with each other.
As the team continues to grow, letting go is part of leading by not leading. Handing over more responsibilities and watching each person grow by not constantly jumping in and “taking over” is this kind of leadership. After twenty-six years, it is still exciting to see everyone caring and dedicated to taking care of each other and our clients.
TAKE A BREAK
It is okay to take a break from it all and to let go for a while. We tend to want to get back to the daily routine as quickly as we can. Just remember to be grateful for those around you who support you. Yes, of course, it may not feel right to take a break. You deserve it!
Find the right balance that works for you. Turn off all the “noise” around you. I enjoy watching the flames flicker on a snowy night, even in April!