Welcome Guest Blogger Krista Martin, MBA CPCC
Business Strategist + Coach
We live in an incredibly overwhelmed world. You know it. I know it. Even the lady at Starbucks knows it.
But, despite what society says, despite what our “to do list” suggests, and despite what other moms are able to accomplish in a 24 hour period, we can do less.
And it’s OK.
So, in an effort to underwhelm you today, I’m giving you just one thing to consider as you go through this week:
Just because you CAN do it, doesn’t mean you should do it.
You can figure out how to do just about anything. You could spend your time figuring out how to decorate each room in your house BY HAND. You could take classes and learn how to take absolutely amazing photos of your family. You could volunteer your time to be the president of a neighborhood organization. You could write a blog post every single day detailing what your children are up to. Yes, you could do those things. But it’s up to you and it’s OK if you choose not to.
By setting boundaries, you are guarding your time as the precious gift that it is.
Over the last few weeks, I reached out to a few of the individuals that I view as being successful in my industry. Many of them spent time with me on the phone and I am so grateful for their insight and what they shared. What I’m even more thankful for, though, is the one person that said “no” to me. Yes, I could’ve viewed her response as rude but instead I chose to learn from it. She said that although she was honored to have been asked, for her to best manage her business and personal goals, she could not spend time speaking with non-clients.
Wow. What an amazing boundary. She was guarding her time and was completely ok with saying “no” to things that she may like to do but that weren’t in alignment with her values and her goals.
She had just managed to teach me an incredibly important lesson.
You must know your values, know your goals, and then stand up, powerfully, and say “no” to anything that doesn’t align with them.
As you go through this week, please notice what things you can take off your “to do” list. What things are you doing simply because you feel like you should do them? What things can you say “no” to?
Please remember that when you say “yes” to something, you are saying “no” to something else. And I would really hate for you to be saying “no” to something that is truly important to you. Something important like enjoying the fleeting, precious moments with the little ones in your life.
Please let me know how I can support you and your journey. As a working mother of two (three if you include the pooch), I understand the challenges that come up every single day with life, motherhood, the house, being a wife, work, and honoring who you truly are. More importantly, though, I appreciate the beauty of these challenges and would love to connect with you to help you create the meaningful adventure you deserve. You can email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org, and my website is: www.makeyourmarkcoaching.com. (The website will be upgrade next month to be: www.kristamartin.com)