How often have you felt the pressure (internal or external) to DO ALL THE THINGS?
(Honesty? I totally have. And I used to run myself ragged trying to meet those incredibly unrealistic expectations.)
In my experience, there are two parts to the burnout equation: doing too much and having too few resources.
When we spread ourselves too thin, we end up exhausting ourselves. Which means that the areas of our lives that matter most? They don’t get the best of our resources.
Which means that were less effective. Which means that things feel kind of blah, instead of lit-up.
Oh, and we probably feel like crap.
The secret to being an amazing healer, change-maker or creative human being? You say no a lot. You do less.
It sounds counter-intuitive, but when you operate in your zone of genius and bring your full brilliance to bear in fewer areas, you make a bigger impact.
For years, I spent my time doing the opposite.
I was a dabbler. I did a little bit of everything, but I didn’t do anything particularly well.
Over the last few years, I’ve stopped chasing shiny objects and started focusing deeply on only 3-5 areas of my life at a time.
Right now? I’m focused on building a values-based business, being a great mom, tending my awesome marriage, and nurturing a home that nurtures me back.
That’s it. Sure, I’ve got other things going on, but that’s my focus. That is definitely not ALL THE THINGS–and that’s okay.
When I allow myself to do less, I’m less susceptible to the pressure to do it all.
It means that I’m able to follow through on what I set out to do. My impact can be greater, and at the end of the day, I’ll feel better. To me, that’s integrity–and it’s the hallmark of a sacred life.