This is NOT how I thought my first week of 2019 was going to go. I came into this year with incredible momentum, a solid plan, and WHAM! I got hit with something that’s knocked me out of commission for the past 6 days.
Of course it’s a little funny that my word of the year is "consistency" and here I find myself feeling challenged the first "real" week of the year to maintain it, even when I feel like the only thing I can consistently do is lay in bed.
So I had to ask myself: How can I "push" myself without killing myself this week?
Being totally honest, I’ve pushed myself when I shouldn’t have and paid the price for it many times over. But I like to believe I’m older and wiser now so as I’m sitting here reflecting on how I can "push myself" (aka, not lose momentum and honor my commitment to consistency this year) while also honoring my body and the TLC it needs right now, I thought I’d share how I’m approaching this question in case you’re finding yourself in a similar space.
I asked myself "What do I HAVE TO get done today (or this week) in order to not lose momentum or have any negative consequences?"
This question helped clarify one simple task I could do to make myself feel less stressed and be able to fully give myself permission to rest the remainder of the day.
(That one task is writing this, by the way.) ;)
If you’re not at your best and are having a hard time giving yourself permission to take the rest you need:
I stumbled upon this quote this week and think it sums up this concept perfectly:
I’d love to hear from you: what are 3 things you want to do EVERY WEEK to move your life or business forward and how can you still achieve that, even if you’re not fully at your best?
Remember: be kind to yourself. It’s just the beginning of an amazing year and there’s still so much time for things to flow. Embrace the ebb and trust the wisdom of the process.
P.S. Getting clear on what specific actions really move my business forward was a game-changer for me in 2018. I'm going to be sharing what those specific actions are in the Writerpreneurs Facebook Group this month so if you haven't already, join us in the free group!