Did you see the bear coming out of the porta-potty?

Did you see the bear coming out of the porta-potty?In the past, I never would’ve clicked to read anything about a bear. Or a porta-potty.

I was too busy and certainly didn’t have time for frivolous.

Which makes me realize this: I’m so much less serious than I used to be.

I laugh more. Play more.

I don’t work as many hours. I take more breaks.

I don’t always have my nose to the grindstone.

Yes, I work hard—when I work.  But I’ve also created lots of space in my life for fun and rest, diversion and doing nothing.  And probably even clicking to see the porta-potty bear.

But it wasn’t always like this.

I used to feel my productivity and worth were one and the same.  So I had to stay focused, on task, busy. All the time.  I had to produce.  And I needed evidence to prove I’d produced.

  • If I ticked lots of items off my To Do list, I was worthy.
  • If I got attagirl feedback from a client, I was worthy.
  • If I burned the midnight oil and exhausted myself, I was worthy.

None of that makes much sense to me now, but it sure did at the time.

And I know this isn’t just my experience.  I hear from clients all the time who are struggling to untangle worth and productivity.  Who want to lighten up and not take it all so seriously.

So how to do it?

I don’t have a simple answer or magic formula.  But I do know this:  You’re worthy just because you’re you.  Regardless of what you get done today.

Beyond that, maybe it’s time to lift your nose from the proverbial grindstone, take a look around at how you’re living and working, and see if a wakeup call is in order.  What are you sacrificing at the expense of efficiency and output?

My wakeup call was realizing I was so focused on the “destination” of getting things done that I was missing out on the many, many moments of the journey getting there.

And let’s face it—most of life is the journey.

Because arriving at the destinations we work so hard for—landing the big client, purchasing the house, receiving the promotion—these destinations are few and far between.

Which means we’d better start enjoying getting there, not just having arrived.

Is there room in your life for a little more laughter and a lot less stress?  Are you missing the journey because you’re so focused on the destination?

Yes, I’m grateful the library had the book I wanted

I used to say I had an attitude of gratitude until someone called me on it. No, they weren’t saying I’m ungrateful. But they were making a distinction between an attitude of gratitude and a gratitude practice. Hmm… my attitude of gratitude sounds a bit more passive—even detached—when put alongside a gratitude practice. So what’s […]

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Mini mission—Stop trying to be more efficient

It’s time to get into action with a mini mission. Many of my clients struggle with what they describe as “time management issues”. They want to learn strategies for working more efficiently so they can get more done. Does that describe you? Do you say things like: If only I were more organized. I just […]

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How do you want to work, play, love and live?

I love asking people to describe their ideal day. What time it starts. How they greet the day.  Their morning routine. I love to hear about the adventure they would make of their day.  The work they would get lost in.  Their creative pursuits.  How they would contribute.  All the ways they would connect. How […]

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What 7 questions are on your mind?

There’s nothing better than a good question. You know the kind. A juicy question that starts the wheels turning.  One that invites breakthrough thinking and offers newfound clarity. Those are the kind of quality questions I love. The problem is, sometimes we have to wait a long time before someone asks us the kind of […]

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On my nightstand: No sweat

In a good book the best is between the lines. –Swedish Proverb Here’s what I’m currently reading— I just read a life changing book. Those words—life changing—get bandied about far too much, but in this case they’re true. I had so many huge Aha! moments reading No Sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You […]

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