Hey Smart, Ambitious Woman, You do so much.
So stinkin’ much.
You have drive. Focus. Direction. You know where you are headed and can see the steps laid out in front of you to achieve them.
But girl, you cannot do it all. You think this is the big truth that you have been overlooking in life, which is why you struggle to beat burnout, trying to keep up with family, the workload, the volunteer associations… and let’s be real…friends are pretty much only seen for a few seconds on Facebook. That feeling of waves of life rushing over you as you vigorously swim to keep up have set you on autopilot.
We smart, ambitious women have been taught to compartmentalize our lives. Work life and home life are supposed to be two completely different worlds.
There is no such thing as personal life. Professional life. Spiritual life.
It is all your life.
“What happens in Vegas,” is great branding for Vegas… and a complete crapshoot for life. People can fill their lives with “Vegas stories,” about the time they did something they “would never do in real life.”
It doesn’t work to compartmentalize the components of who you are. It’s all you. Who you are at the family dinner table is the same person that you are at a casino. Or a concert. Or major sporting event of the season.
Who you are at Thanksgiving dinner is the same person that you are at a social dinner. Or a concert. Or major sporting event of the season.
Own it, girl.
It’s time to Enrich Your Life.
Productivity is Not the Answer
Productivity is a term accounting for the number of widgets made in an hour. Productivity quantifies the value of time by the work produced.
Smart, ambitious women are supposed to take care of all the messes, clean it up, put things in order, and send off the boss/manager/sweetheart/kids/grandma/work project all finished, polished up and sparkling. Oh, and if it had a satiny bow to pull it all together nicely? That’d be great.
That’s the “Vegas story,” we, smart, ambitious women of the world, tell ourselves. “We fix it. All of it.”
That’s the big lie. We all have done that.
You have said yes to something we had absolutely no business investing that much time.
I can hear the excuses running through your mind…but no one else was going to do it…it was just this once…but I’m the nice person that lots of people depend on… or perhaps the very worst option… bwhat will they think if I don’t?
That’s completely unfair. That’s an unrealistic standard we can all put on ourselves. We expect to do it all. Perfectly.
John Maxwell has an entire book about “No Such Thing as Business Ethics,” because… quite frankly, your ethics are your ethics. They are you.
Your personal life is more like, “your time.” Your professional life is your “work time.” As women, we are easily swayed into believing that we should never bring in the “family situation,” to the workplace.
Here’s the rub: It’s all part of you. It’s all of your life.
This is the time when we realize we do not have to do it all.
You and I, and smart, ambitious women everywhere, decide and commit to doing the right things.
Not only that, we do the right things, at the right time.
And perhaps most importantly, we do them for the right reason.
Only then can we start to focus on those things that really matter. Imagine what we could accomplish, individually and collectively, if you and I worked on those things that really, truly matter. Those things that will, not only make an impact on our world and those right around us but light us up when we talk about them.
This is progress. This is when your daily to-do list becomes not a chore chart to complete, but an opportunity to discover, give more to the world, and get to those things that matter most.
Stop telling yourself the big lie.
It’s time to Enrich Your Life.
You with me? Comment below and tell me how you want to Enrich Your Life.