Do you ever feel so tired that you literally can’t move?
Do you ever wonder if you are experiencing a level of “burnout?”
Do you ever wish the weekend was just one more day and you still had just one more hour of sleep before you had to wake up?
A couple of months ago, I was so overwhelmed with fatigue that I decided to consult a physician.
She had come highly recommended as someone who had a “holistic” approach.
After extensive testing, she came back with a prescription that was so simple and yet so profound, and I wanted to share it with you.
“Between others’ request of you, and your response there lies a PAUSE.”
In essence, Dr. Williams was simply saying STOP immediately saying YES to everything.
STOP feeling obliged to be at every event you are invited to.
STOP running yourself ragged.
PAUSE and think about the ramifications of committing yourself and say, “Is this activity/person/event important? Am I saying yes for good reason, or should I politely decline?”
As it happens, in our Presentations Skills courses, we teach that a pause is one of the most powerful non-verbal tools you can use. The pause is also the most powerful tool you have to help manage your time, life, and energy.
And so I am taking this pause to wish you a healthy, energized and not over-committed week.