Wednesday, March 07, 2007

The Little, or not so little, Texas Tornado

There it was, staring me in the face: the mountain of paperwork, proposals abound, a billion emails, a book to finish and a product to create... all by oh, you know... tomorrow! Then it hit me, a friend affectionately refers to me as the Little Texas Tornado (for those of you who don't know, I am originally from Texas) and here I am living the very concept. My office is a tornado of creativity, productivity and potential burn-out-tivity.

Ever been there? Chances are good that you have and as I hear it all the time from high achieving individuals, chances are also good that you haven't taken time out for you in a while. The truth is - we all so desperately need it. In my experience, truly effective leaders take the time. They take sabbaticals, retreats, vacations, even if only for a day or for a moment to stare out the window, they take the time to reflect on priorities and directions and just blank space. The tornado that is my office will wait, the health and well being of my body and brain will not. So, with that said, today is the day that I choose to brag about the people, the accomplishments, and not the hours worked to get there. Today is the day that I proclaim that 80 hours a week is not the average that we should seek to achieve, but rather, 80 moments of peace, gratitude, and reflection is the goal to which I am now striving. That doesn't mean that I am going to hole away and find a beach and just do nothing, but it does mean that I am going to ratchet the stress level down a notch and just chill long enough to actually eat breakfast and drink my latte.

What are you doing today so that your capacity to lead yourself matches or at least is close to your capacity to lead mulitple projects at one time. Without some continued focus on the first, you may not have any energy left to complete the second. Just a thought... enjoy your day!

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