When I drive, I am an “OMG I need to fill up” type of person. When I do most everything else, I lean toward the “I got this” approach. You know that Seinfeld episode where Kramer sees how far he can drive on an empty gas tank? Kinda like that. Just keep going! Until you can’t go any further!
It’s taken me a while, but I’ve finally accepted that “go go go until you break down” is not a sustainable action plan. It usually leads to me: A) stress-crying, B) snapping at loved ones or unlucky strangers, C) getting sick, or D) all of the above. And it doesn’t actually help me reach my goal, whatever it is.
A lot of us struggle with this tendency – and for valid reasons. We are stretched thin because we have real work and family obligations, and we want to show up for others. But if we’re constantly running on empty, it’s hard to be an attentive friend, an effective leader, an engaged parent, or a loving partner.
We recorded our latest episode – and created a free workbook to go with it (more on both below) – because we believe it’s so important to make time for what energizes and fulfills us. Even when (or especially when!) life is bananas.
What small thing could you do for yourself today? How could you spend a few minutes replenishing the fuel in your tank?