As we stand at the threshold of a new year, we find ourselves naturally at a point of deep reflection. This period, often marked by a yearning for change and rejuvenation, challenges us to consider our handling of life - and life’s handling of us. Rather than merely from the trials of the past year, we can choose to be intentional and infuse our start to the new year with an eye for making the next year a growth experience.
Let’s talk about some elements that make that pursuit more productive.
A Calibrated Self-Worth and Willingness to Invest in Personal Care
In our pursuit of personal and professional betterment, recognizing and nurturing self-worth is vital. This journey transcends simple physical health, encompassing a more profound, holistic sense of self-acceptance. Embracing self-care is a critical aspect of this journey, integral to sustainable personal development and leadership. It's about understanding and valuing our unique strengths and capabilities, fostering a well-rounded approach to our well-being. This strategy not only enhances our own lives but also positively impacts our ability to lead and inspire those around us, blending personal insight with professional excellence.
Self-care is not a waste of time; self-care makes your use of time more sustainable.
Indeed, when we invest in our health and maintenance, we see a remarkable impact on our self-esteem and confidence. About 70% of adults who consistently prioritize self-care report these benefits, underscoring the undeniable connection between self-care and self-worth.
Finding Fluency in Yourself
Articulating ourselves is something that we should be masters at, right? I mean we’re right here, in our own body. No one knows me better than me. Unfortunately people are pretty shit awful when it comes to getting clear about themselves, without help. The reason is, we’re not supposed to focus on ourselves too much. After all, that might mean we are selfish. Fluency of self is as much about permission as exploration. Both call for a profound understanding of your inherent identity, beliefs, style, strengths, values, and passions. Such self-knowledge is more than beneficial; it's crucial. It allows you to navigate life's path with authentic confidence and purpose, steering clear of the societal currents that often push us towards inauthenticity. This self-discovery empowers you to BE. And this can lead to a life well lived with integrity, and ease.
A study reveals that people with a strong understanding of their personal strengths are 8.4 times more likely to have higher life satisfaction. – Source: Gallup Poll
Balancing Creativity and Control
In the realm of personal and professional life, balancing creativity with control is essential. When coaching, I draw inspiration from Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s concept of flow, this balance is crucial for maintaining energy and focus. Too much creativity leads to chaos, while excessive control breeds stagnation. Understanding this interplay not only helps us comprehend how we get stuck, out of control, bored, or panicked, but it also assists us in deciphering when to apply different elements of our leadership.
Self-aware leaders are 3 times more effective than those with low self-awareness. – Source: Harvard Business Review
Understanding Our Place in the Universe
In our professional and personal lives, understanding our role in the broader context is both grounding and empowering. Acknowledging that our actions, however small, are part of a larger narrative, we are faced with a choice: to live without direction (some give up completely and become nihilistic) or to embrace a purpose-driven existence despite we might in reality not be the centre of the universe and only hear for a flash. This realization, far from only being humbling, can inspire us to make impactful decisions, guiding us to lead with intention and influence in both our careers and personal lives, transforming every action into a meaningful contribution to the larger tapestry of life.
Self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what’s left of you. - Katie Reed
Personal Reflections and Letting Go
The past year, I've realized the profound importance of letting go when taking control. Often, we equate becoming more with adding more we start from a place of deficiency. Instead we can focus on what matters - the answer frequently lies in minimalism, and releasing what no longer serves us. This understanding has reshaped my approach to both personal and professional realms, emphasizing that simplification and focus, rather than accumulation, lead to more meaningful and effective growth.
There is no sense setting another sail if you haven’t addressed the dozens of anchors you’re dragging.
Picture a scenario where you are content with all aspects of your life, both personal and professional. Now, if you were given just one hour left to live, what would be your choice of action? How would you spend your time during this last hour?
Have your answer?
Now you can click this link for the second part of the exercise. (no cheating - you’ll only cheat yourself!)
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