If we are not careful it is easy to fall into the trap of running a nonstop marathon called life. What with work, family, church, volunteering, school, hobbies, and fitness it seems to have no end. Now consider the external pressures of a downturn in the economy, inflationary pressure on daily household goods and significant downward pressure on the value of your household itself. Couple these all together and we are literally caught in a bind that really does feel like a never ending marathon. This is what I call a high capacity season.
“High Capacity Season”
It is tiring just thinking about the list above. It is certainly exhilarating to live yet it can wear you down. To cope with the demands there are two effective strategies I recommend. First seek regular recharge activities. For me that is found in my faith life and through mountain bike riding. Without these I simply could not keep up the life I am leading. With these activities I can continue on like the Energizer bunny. I just keep going and going and going. The second recommendation is of critical importance. Make sure that what you do is aligned to your purpose.
“Check Your Alignment”
Knowing and living your own purpose is the key to ensuring that you continue to have the motivation and energy needed to run the race. Have you invested the time to learn your purpose? Your purpose is “the what”, “the how” comes to life in your values. When the activities you engage in have a clear link back to your personal values you create a sense of wholeness that allows you to tap the deep reservoir of personal motivation. Instead of doing things that constantly create a sense of dissonance (conflicting activities where your actions do not match your values) and significantly drain your energy and zest for life, you instead enter into tasks with a freedom of knowing that you are moving one step closer to fulfilling your purpose.
“Stay the Course”
When most everything you do stems from or is related to one of your values and fits your purpose it becomes easier to politely refuse well intentioned distractions. It becomes easier to get even more focused. You find yourself seeking meaning in the most innocent of surroundings. A casual conversation with a stranger can become a discussion on how this person looks at a value of yours. How they might see the world differently.
“No, I cannot”
Finally you will find with purpose and values defined and understood that the ability to say no improves. After all who wants to invest their time into something that has no connection to what matters to them. Balance can be most reasonably achieved by knowing what we need to do and aligning this to what matters to us.
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