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.
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 our self – 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 pursing it. For me, I enjoy reading, playing hockey, spinning vinyl and lighting a fire on a cold November night watching some good ol’ Canadiens hockey. (Go Habs Go!).
What’s The Answer?
The answer is to figure out a better balance 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 going back to the gym in May and now going five times a week and playing hockey once or twice a week. The other goal was to “unplug” on the weekends which has been a challenge and getting better at it.
Know When Not To Lead
Recently we had some family matters to attend to. When you lead and always support, during personal times you tend to do the same thing. We are blessed with so many people supporting us and offering kind words. It was difficult not being “in charge” and just being there to support and listen. During these times, we tend to forget about our self. It is important to find some quiet time to deal with your emotions and thoughts.
Take A Break
It is OK 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. I enjoy watching the flames flicker as my mind relaxes.