Is it possible that my daughter is only in her fourth week of school? Although I am still amazed that she’s officially a kindergartener now, in some ways it feels like we’ve been doing this school drill for months.
Between Lindsay starting Kindergarten and Colin starting day care, our house was turned up-side-down with a whole new level of morning chaos.
I finally feel like we are in a good rhythm now (with the occasional hiccups) and things seem to be relatively smooth and way less stressful, but it’s taken some strategizing and planning on my part and adjusting on everyone else’s part to get to this point.
I was working with a client a couple weeks ago on her personalized Calm the Chaos program and I was reminded how our actions (both positive and negative) have a domino effect in our lives. When we started the program, this client was feeling completely overwhelmed in nearly every area of her life. As a result, she was feeling really bad about the impact this chaos was having in her business success and in her ability to be the type of mom and wife she wanted to be.
In one session, we were able to identify one rather simple action for her to take that seemed to get to the heart of what was causing the chaos. By the next session, she shared how much better she felt after taking the action and how it had sparked additional inspirations of action on her part, which helped contribute to her new positive feelings.
Did all of her chaos and challenges magically disappear? Of course not.
But getting clear about the main thing that was getting in her way, holding her back and causing a great deal of additional chaos in her life (for her it happened to be lack of organization of her business files and work space) and then committing to just one action that she felt would make a positive change (creating a go-to business notebook to capture all her important business tasks and ideas), gave her the motivation, inspiration and momentum to do even more! As she said, “doing the small things makes such a difference in the big things.”
Time to reflect:
Take a moment to think about the one area of your life or time of your day that feels the most chaotic.
Now ask yourself: What do I think is at the heart of this chaos? Is it:
- Lack of clarity?
- Lack of boundaries?
- Lack of structure?
- Lack of organization?
- Lack of saying NO?
Based on your answer, what is one action you could take this week to get the ball rolling to calm the chaos? Is it to:
- Gain clarity?
- Set some boundaries?
- Create a new schedule?
- Get organized?
- Say NO to something?
Doing this alone can be challenging for many, especially if you are feeling particularly overwhelmed or stressed. Consider getting some support to help you get perspective and brainstorm ideas. Set a date with your spouse, ask a friend to lunch or even hire a coach!
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If you’ve been thinking about coaching and wanting to see what it’s like, but not sure about making a long-term commitment, this is a great opportunity to get a taste for the power of coaching through a program that can literally change your life in just two sessions.
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September is a perfect time to re-assess how things are working for you, both personally and professionally. The craziness of summer is behind us, the kids are back in school and we’ve got some time to catch our breath before the holidays start (right around the corner). I encourage you to take some time now to consciously make choices that decrease the level of stress in your life, which will ultimately increase your overall success.
To your success with sanity,