I was coaching a young teacher this week and as we looked at how well she was ‘knowing herself to lead herself’ she gasped and said, “I’m in abdication! I’m not leading myself at all; I am too busy leading everyone else” How easy this can happen. I find myself there more than I like to admit. When the travel schedule gets hectic, a family member has a crisis, and a few unknowns pop up throwing off schedules, we can find ourselves completely out of touch with our own needs and our own structures that keep us energized and whole. Consider this little not as a gentle reminder to check in with yourself today. Take a few deep breaths and ask three questions:
1. When was the last time I had a solid day of rest and refreshing?
2. How much stress am I holding in my body and how tired am I?
3. What can I do today to bring either rest, something encouraging, or take back a healthy routine that kept me properly challenged?
Honestly, you will impact more people in a liberating way for longer if you stop and check in with yourself and figure out what you need and prioritize YOU!