Every Friday in January we are going to be chatting about habits to kickstart your new year in both your personal life and business. These are the pillars of setting you up for success in 2022.
In this blog post, I want to revisit a topic that has come up a lot with my mastermind members:
One of my favorite books I have ever read is “Think Like a Monk” by Jay Shetty. In it, he describes different seasons of life. He asks…
If so, you are not alone. According to Statistica, only one out of seven Americans start the day feeling refreshed. Even if you get an adequate amount of sleep each night, you may still wake up tired. Sleep is essential for good health, but it alone cannot restore you.
“If there are too many other things draining you, it's like pouring water into a bucket with a hole in the bottom. It’s never going to fill up,” Jay Shetty explains.
If you are looking for a way to break out of that rut that keeps you in a constant sleepy haze, Jay Shetty’s advice on how to get your energy back and synchronize the flow of your life is exactly what you need.
Here is how I think of it. Your business, just like your personal life, has seasons. You have:
The thing with seasons is it is not a constant action all year round. Sometimes it is a season of reflection and planning and other times it is a season of growth, renewal, rebirth, or even just fun.
So my blog post today is all about recognizing what season you are in. Maybe January is a time of nurture and learning. That is personally the season that we are in at Crush the Rush as the last quarter of 2021 was a season of growth and launching. It is really important to recognize where you are at (and p.s. The seasons of life don’t have to match the actual seasons) and make sure that you have time for all of them in your year.
As an example, I like to slow down during the summer because my kids are out of school, and winter is typically a time for growth. That doesn’t necessarily match the seasonal calendar but it is OK.
Seasons can be any length of time you define. Instead of a quarter, maybe your growth season is a month. It is up to you how to manage it. But the trick is to really think ahead of time what you want to accomplish and then make sure you have periods of growth and nurture to support it.
The reason I love this approach is it forces you to not spend the entire year being “busy”. And really acknowledge what you want to accomplish during each phase of the year. If right now is a season of growth and launching then perhaps next quarter is a period of rest and nurturing. It allows you to recharge throughout the year instead of starting in January with all the goals and then never seeing them come to life.
Going into this year, don’t be busy just to be busy. Acknowledge your season and embrace it.
Recognize that others might be in a different season. So when you see your IG friend slaying it every day when you are potentially taking a break, realize that your time is coming. And you are doing what you need to do to follow your path. Stay in your lane.
Being busy is not inherently a bad thing if we're busy with things that we care about and that truly matter to us. But being constantly busy with things that don't support our feelings of wellbeing, blur our clarity, and wear us down must be avoided.
Use this simple technique to think about what seasons you need to support your goals.
Stay tuned for next week’s habit as we are digging into a morning routine. Which has been the MOST popular topic on the podcast. Ever. Don't miss it. And better yet, DM and let me know what season you are in and how you are planning for it.
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