You start out with the best of intentions. But you often stop short of success. Is it because you’re not giving yourself enough time?
You mean well.
After all, you’re a decent guy. You look out for others and make sure the people around you get what they need. But somehow, too often, you end up getting the short end of the stick, when it comes to getting enough time for yourself. And then what happens?
You get grumpy. You feel bad and you don’t even know why you’re so low-key angry. But you are. And then sometimes you snap at someone you didn’t mean to. Or you just withdraw into your own little cave and get defensive when someone says, “What’s wrong?”
What can you do?
Create a hard stop.
A hard stop means what it says: you stop at a given time, on time, at a time of your choosing. If it’s work we’re talking about, you stop working, regardless of your level of completion, so you can save a little time for yourself. Obviously, there will be exceptions to this, when you have an unusually difficult deadline to meet, but this will be the exception, not the rule.
And then you go do something good for yourself. Go for a walk; ride your bike; do something creative or relaxing. Do something that you enjoy, to recharge your personal energy. Make sure you leave yourself enough time to really enjoy yourself.
What have you got to lose?
You’re been living a myth that says that men don’t need to take care of themselves. They just get up and fight the good fight every day, giving their lives away in personal sacrifice to others.
What you lose when you leave enough time for yourself is resentment, poor health, maybe even a few pounds as you get back to your fighting weight. When you make time to care for yourself, everyone wins. Because you actually have more energy for others when you make enough time for yourself. You will start showing up with less resentment and more zest.
Leave enough time for yourself to be at your best.
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I can help you make enough time for yourself.