How Do You Want to Be Remembered?

How do you want to be remembered?

By your kids.

By your family members.

By your team members at work.

By the customers you serve.

By your neighbors.

By the stranger passing you on the street.

By the people of the next generation.

Think through the lenses of anyone you choose:  How do you want to be remembered by the people in your life? 

Instead of looking at your to-dos head on this morning, align yourself with your values by beginning your day with this simple question.

Allow it to shape your day today and see what a difference it makes in the small choices throughout the day.

How do you want to be remembered by the people in your life?

Christine Wilson, LPC

Reflect…

What shifted?

What suddenly looks important that didn’t seem so important five minutes ago?

What suddenly seems unimportant that seemed important five minutes ago?

By this simple exercise, you can shift your entire day.

Don’t let your days be highjacked by things that seem important but really aren’t. Make the most of your life and your time by aligning your activities with what matters most. Simply taking 2 minutes to ask yourself the right question can shift your decision making and change your life.

Remember, don’t start with the plan. Start with the dream. Then, you will live a life aligned with your deepest values.

Join the movement of people like you saying “no” to mindless busyness and “yes” to purposeful productivity, buy your Think Time Planner today.

Christine Wilson

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How do you want to be remembered by the people in your life?

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Are You Comfortable Feeling Incompetent? You Should Be.

On a 2017 episode of The EntreLeadership Podcast, Ken Coleman interviewed author and entrepreneur Seth Godin.  Ken introduced him as one of the most brilliant thinkers of our time.

Seth then completed the interview, and he did not disappoint.

He says that if we are to change (hear: grow!) we must be comfortable with feeling incompetent.

Seth continued.

Often people do not change because they don’t want to be uncomfortable and feel incompetent.

He says this feeling of incompetence, however, is often a prerequisite to growth and change. 

People who resist these negative feelings are less likely to grow…less likely to change.

How can we apply this understanding? 

Well, if you are a leader in an organization–which many of you are–one take-away, Seth suggests, is to not be surprised when your people do not immediately embrace the change you want to bring into your company.

You likely hired these people for their competence, so don’t be surprised when they resist the feelings of incompetence that come with new initiatives.  Be patient with them.

Also, as you go forward, hire people who are not only competent, but also curious and humble…in other words, they are willing to go through the negative feelings of incompetence because they value change and growth more than always feeling competent.

It may take a little longer in the interviewing process, but it will be worth it in the long run.

How can I apply this in my personal life?

Be aware of this dynamic any time you are presented with something new (for instance, a planning process like Think Time that is a little different than everyone else…moving beyond mere lines and words and including new techniques like visualization, drawing, and mind-mapping).

Embrace the fact that you may be naturally inclined to resist things that are good for you because you don’t want to feel incompetent.

Have a conscious dialogue with yourself before you say “no” to a great opportunity.

Are you resisting because you are uncomfortable with feelings of incompetence?

Can you reframe the feelings of incompetence to mean that you are making progress toward change and growth?

Can you use this new understanding to set yourself on a new learning trajectory this coming year?

Be encouraged.  Because and not many people are willing to move through the uncomfortable feelings of incompetence, you can quickly set yourself apart from your competition by embracing it as a prerequisite for growth and change.  Embrace this mindset tip, and you are already a step ahead.

What are your thoughts?

What is one thing you have learned that has changed your life? 

Was it uncomfortable at first to learn it?

Are you glad you learned it in spite of your initial resistant feelings?

Please tell us about it in the comments below.

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4 Reasons Why You Need to Delegate from Your Team’s Perspective By: Bryan Miles, CEO and Co-founder of BELAY

It’s easy to get caught up in your new ability to delegate, that you forget about the other side of equation — how your team feels when it comes to your delegation. Have you ever wondered what they might be thinking as you entrust your tasks and responsibilities to them? Their perception is a key part of the delegation equation.

You’re ability to delegate to others is only one side of it. When you delegate to a team member, you must remember to keep your team’s perspective in mind, too.

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In the journey of working to create ideal working relationships, we stopped and asked ourselves a very hard question … what is it like to be on the “other” side of my delegation?

Below are the top 4 things I have discovered that employees wish their leaders knew:

1)  Employees really hunger to know the WHY behind the WHAT of the tasks they are being asked to do.  Helping your employees to know and understand the WHY will most-always produce successful outcomes.

2)  People don’t mind being led as long as they feel appreciated along the way.  Be conscience to show your gratitude for their time and efforts and celebrate their accomplishments.

3)  Know what makes your team tick.  Is it words of affirmation, a flexible schedule, public recognition, or time off?  Take the time to know and understand your team and their needs and you will create a strong working relationship and a loyal employee.

4)  Be someone your team and or employees WANT to like and they will follow you and support you in all you do.

Remember, don’t forget that you are successful on the hard work of others. If you have their back, and they believe it, they’ll have your back!

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5 Steps to Becoming An Effective Delegator

By Guest Writer: Bryan Miles, CEO and Co-founder of BELAY

Delegation may not always come naturally to you, and for some of us, we are constantly trying to perfect this area of leadership. It’s worth striving for perfection because when you have motivated people who trust you, you’ll see your business propelled forward. Simon Sinek says this of delegation: “You have to earn trust by communicating and demonstrating that you share the same values and beliefs. You have to talk about your WHY and prove it with WHAT you do. Again, a WHY is just a belief, HOWs are the actions we take to realize that belief, and WHATs are the results of those actions. When all three are in balance, trust is built and value is perceived.”

Here are a few key points that I have realized over the years to help me perfect my “Art of Delegation”. Take what works for you and make it your own in your journey to building trust with your team.

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1)  Delegation to me is “beginning with the end in mind.”  Meaning … asking those on my team to execute tasks that serve an ultimate purpose and either solve a problem or move our business forward.  Assigning these tasks help me free up space/time in my day so that I can take care of the “one-offs” and critical daily tasks that I, as a Leader, need to attend to.

2)  When you delegate, delegate a result not a task.  What is the end result that you are looking for?  Give your teammate and/or employee the opportunity to work toward a goal and then celebrate the result with them.  Not only will you give them something to celebrate but you have also given them a sense of ownership and responsibility for their projects/efforts.

3)  Don’t delegate things you love doing.  In most cases, the things you HATE to do take more time to do and distract you from the goals you are working toward.  Delegate those tasks to team members who are more qualified and or patient and willing to execute those items so you won’t be bogged down by doing them.

4)  Express to your team the WHY behind the WHAT so they can feel passionate about the projects they are executing. Understand that people will strive and toil … and the WHY can fuel them.

5)  Be mindful of the tasks you ask others to execute (from a timing and knowledge-base perspective) and express gratitude to them when tasks are complete.  This creates a greater relationship with you and your employees and makes you someone they will want to follow.

You don’t have to jump in with all these ideas at once. Try a few out and see what happens when you focus on the why behind your tasks and the ultimate result you want with each delegation assignment.

The art of delegation isn’t just about you as a leader though and how you divvy out assignments. Delegating is about knowing your team and the powerful part they play in the process. When employees know your motivation and recognize your trust, they feel more connected to the mission of your business. When there is trust, you will then see a healthier bottom line, which translates directly into everyone’s success.

In our next blog, we delve into understanding the role your employees play in delegation.

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How to Beat Procrastination

In my former life, my life before Think Time, if I had something important to do, I would try to “get everything else done” so that I could have a clear mind to focus on the most important thing. 

As you can imagine, this didn’t work very well for me. If you would accuse me of procrastinating, I would think in my mind that I was “preparing.”   I had full intentions of doing those important things. I just felt like I needed to “gear up.”

However, as I look back, I can see that this was procrastinating. 

So, things that I wanted to do–often the more important and meaningful things – didn’t ever really get done.

In my study of productivity, I learned about this cool thing called the MIT, or the “Most Important Task,” by Kevin Kruse. As part of a morning routine, Kruse recommends completing the most important task of the day.  So, you actually start your day having already accomplished what was most important. 

This doesn’t even get procrastination an opportunity to raise his hand and speak its mind. 

Procrastination is fully off the table.

As you take time to Think Time, you will always know what the next most important thing to do is. Based on our process, some of these will be worked into your routine and some of these will be scheduled on your calendar.

The key is having clarity on what matters most and feeling free to focus on it first.

Do you know what your next most important thing is?  

Do you have a proven process through which you move weekly to clearly identify what matters most to you and moving into your life? If not, take a moment to check out our Think Time program at think-time.com.

 

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Pull the Weeds…Every Day: On Diligence

We moved a year ago.

Our new house has a gorgeous yard in the front and in the back.

This is the first time in my life I have had a gorgeous yard.

I grew up on five acres in a wooded wonderland in Arkansas, and as an adult lived in a variety of rental properties.

So, I have never really worried about maintaining a real lawn with lush grass…until this past year.

We rented our last home in a quiet neighborhood where you actually knew your neighbors.  At the time, I was just happy to keep my three young kids alive and fed.  Mowing the lawn was covered in our rent, so thinking about the lawn was not at all on my radar.

My neighbor, however, was different.  She was a retiree who loved being outside.  Every day she walked around and picked weeds. Her yard always looked amazing while ours usually didn’t…except where her water accidentally blew over the imaginary line between our homes.

I always knew I was not willing to put the time in to have the type of yard she had.  I watched her.  She was diligent.  No weed stood a chance under her watch!

Now, that we have moved, and we have inherited a beautiful yard, I feel a sense of responsibility to maintain it. But, I know what it’s going to take. It’s going to take diligence.

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This is one of the hardest things for me.

I work really well in spurts.

I like working when I feel “inspired.”

But, if I’m going to cultivate a beautiful lawn, I know it is going to take regularity. It will need to move into my routines.  Unless I choose to delegate it, I cannot schedule it as a one time event, get it done, and call it quits.

I will need to pull the weeds…consistently.

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Since I have taken time to Think Time over the last three years, one of the greatest lessons I have learned is that anything that I want to do or who I want to be needs to be cultivated consistently over time.

This includes everything.  Parenting little people.  Organizing a home.  Building a business.  Cultivating a character.  Nourishing relationships.  None of these become great overnight.

John Maxwell says that people want to grow, but they don’t want to put more than 30 seconds of work into it. So, those who are willing to put the time in will quickly separate themselves from others.

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Outside of a spiritual experience with God, I know of no faster way to change our thinking and our behavior than Think Time; however, that does not mean it is easy or requires no work.

Real holistic life change still requires diligence over time.

And it still requires that we show up every day.

I like the way self-discipline strategist Rory Vaden says it. He says, “Success is not owned. It is rented. And the rent is due every day.”

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What sort of diligence would it take for you to make the life change you want?

Are you willing to put the time and effort in to make those changes?

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On Life Balance: Protect Your Focus

You know what it is like to finally have the time to sit down and work on that project you’ve been wanting to do…

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But.

You’ve.

Got.

Nothing.

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Your mind won’t stop wandering.

You simply cannot bring about the results you want.

Simply put, you cannot focus.

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There are a lot of secrets to boosting your focus, and nine are woven into the Think TimeTM 3DR Process.  However, we are going to talk about one other strategy I believe is foundational to all of the others.  Without it, when you are ready to focus, you simply won’t be able to.

With it, you will exponentially increase your mind’s ability to focus on demand.

This strategy is so underutilized in our culture, that if you apply it, you will immediately gain a decided edge.

Without it, your mind will simply not have refueled sufficiently to bring about the focus you need.

Are you ready?

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Make the most of your time by allowing your mind to Drift.

Allowing your mind to Drift will–among other things–actually boost your brain’s ability to focus.

When your mind Drifts, your brain is actually quite active.

If you were to take an MRI image of your brain when you’re not thinking about anything in particular, it would be incredibly colorful.  A part of your brain called the Default Neural Network (DNN) is activated.  When the DNN is active, executive functioning skills such as focusing are strengthened.

So, set some time aside this week to allow your mind to Drift.  Take a walk without your phone.  Drive without the radio.  Pause before a meeting simply to “be.”

And, afterwards, you will be better able to focus like you need.

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This world is sooo distracting!

What would you do if you could finally focus?

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On Life Balance: Protect Your Health (3/6)

If you follow my blog, you are likely a person with great ambitions and larger-than-life dreams.  You want to express your unique purpose in a way that serves others and builds into something greater than yourself.

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Many people with larger than life aspirations–and frankly, big hearts–become surprised at a hidden enemy that works against their goals.

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This enemy’s name is “Burnout.”

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Think Time Purpose Planners prompt you to proactively consider what you can do to prevent a physical, mental, spiritual, relational or leadership crises.  
On a regular basis, you will place into your routines high-impact activities that build into your mind, your health, and your relationships, so you don’t have to worry about an unexpected hijack of your days and your dreams due to burnout.

 

 

Last week, I shared the story of Tommy Nelson’s unexpected plunge into depression.

“I was at the top of my game,” he shared.

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Tommy found himself face to face with a mental health crisis because he neglected rest and life balance over an extended period of time.

He pushed himself too hard pursuing grand goals.

“I didn’t know you could burn out doing something you loved.”

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This week, I will share the story of an equally ambitious businessman–Michael Hyatt.

Michael Hyatt was on business in New York when he experienced a health crisis that changed his life.

At the end of dinner, Michael felt deep chest pains.  He said it felt like the room was closing in on him.  After 5-10 minutes, which felt like forever, he embarrassingly shared with his colleague, “I think I am having a heart attack.”

His friend immediately took charge, called a cab, and got him to the nearest hospital.

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After running a series of tests, the physicians told him that he did not have heart trouble, but they monitored him overnight.  He continued to not show signs of heart problems, so they released him with the recommendation that he check in with his cardiologist when he returned to Nashville.

Well, Michael was back in the hospital twice over the course of the next year.  He even checked with a counselor to see if he was having stress-induced panic attacks (which can mimic the feelings of heart attacks.)

Finally, he saw a renowned cardiologist in his area who had saved the lives of professional associates he knew.  This cardiologist told Michael, “about 30% of my patients who think they are having heart problems have an acid reflux problem. The symptoms are very similar. Fortunately, it is easy to treat.”

He then warned, “Stress is also something you need to address, primarily through rest and exercise. If you don’t make this a priority, you could be back in here with a real heart problem.

Michael realized that over time because of the demands of work, he had let his health slide.  “I wasn’t working out regularly, resting as much as I should, or eating very well. But suddenly, I was motivated!” Michael said.

Michael made his first “life plan” after this experience.  He felt that he was suddenly looking at the end of his life, and it changed his point of view.  He has since released a book Living Forward that helps people walk through a process of evaluating their life-long goals–creating concrete steps in each area of life.

His brush with what he thought could have been the end of his life refocused the rest of his life, and now he serves others with a new message.  “Never sacrifice sleep for work,” he shared on a recent Lead to Win podcast.

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It is wonderful to be a person of high aspirations.  It is just very helpful to also know that you may, if you are not intentional, also be a person at risk for burnout.

Even though our dreams are larger than life, we are not.  We still live within bodies that have limited capabilities.  If we try to cheat our limits, we will find out that they are in fact that–limits.

We must honor our bodies and accept their limitations if we are going to thrive for the long haul, and a way we so this is by proactively protecting our health.

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How are you protecting your health?  What are you doing well?  What could you do better?

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Are you a person with great ambitions and larger-than-life dreams? Read more: http://ow.ly/B3Wd30jHunz
Do you want to express your unique purpose in a way that serves others and builds into something greater than yourself? Read more: http://ow.ly/B3Wd30jHunz
Many people with larger than life aspirations are surprised at a hidden enemy that works against their goals. Read more: http://ow.ly/B3Wd30jHunz
How are you protecting your health?  What are you doing well?  What could you do better? Read more: http://ow.ly/B3Wd30jHunz
To learn more about how you can proactively protecting your health go to think-time.com. Read more: http://ow.ly/B3Wd30jHunz
Order a Purpose Planner and enjoy our Free Online Coaching in the Think Time 3DR Life Leadership Process. Read more: http://ow.ly/B3Wd30jHunz
Even though our dreams are larger than life, we are not.  Read more: http://ow.ly/B3Wd30jHunz
We live within bodies that have limited capabilities.  Read more: http://ow.ly/B3Wd30jHunz
If we try to cheat our limits, we will find out that they are in fact that–limits. Read more: http://ow.ly/B3Wd30jHunz
Make addressing stress a priority. Read more: http://ow.ly/B3Wd30jHunz
Build rest and exercise into your routines. Read more: http://ow.ly/B3Wd30jHunz

We must honor our bodies and accept their limitations if we are going to thrive for the long haul. Read more: http://ow.ly/B3Wd30jHunz

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On Life Balance: Protect Your Health (2/6)

One thing we can never delegate to anyone else is protecting our health.

Only we can control what we eat, when we go to bed, and how much we exercise.

The necessity of protecting our health is just about as much of a scientific “law” as gravity.  Sure there are variables, but the big picture is–ignore your body’s need for health and it will break down.

Rather than repeat what other writers have eloquently stated regarding eating better foods, sleeping adequately, and exercising well, I am going to share with you two stories in the next two blogs.

Two thought leaders I really respect have stories of seasons in their lives in which they thought they could cheat the “law of health.”  These seasons of their lives became pivotal points of change and dramatically altered the rest of their live’s timelines–their mission and their audience

I will tell you the first story today.

It is of a pastor– Tommy Nelson.

Tommy graduated from my alma mater and spoke on his experience when I was a student.  He is a globally known pastor and teacher.  Among other things, he is known for his series on the Song of Solomon, leading a top notch mentorship program, and a definitive country accent.  Extremely driven and disciplined, for years, he kept an incredibly rigorous schedule.

…until he got “hijacked” by something.

He had no idea what it was.

Before he experienced it, he didn’t know it existed.

After going through “it,” however, he discovered that theologians Charles Spurgeon and Martin Luther, scientist Sir Isaac Newton and many other world-shakers had experienced the same thing.  A recent Newsweek article stated that half of the fortune 500 CEOs had had it.  Next, 80+ billion dollars was lost in one year due to lost wages and time off of work because of it.

He described “it” as a “joyless, agoraphobic black hole… a hopeless, despairing spiral.    It is scary.  It is lonely.”

Tommy had pain all over his body.  He found himself unable to think.  He was on a fetal position on the floor.  He went to the hospital twice but was told his health was perfect.

“I couldn’t sleep from May until November.”

He expected it to go away, but instead over months it only escalated.

Though initially resistant, he finally sought help with a counselor and a psychiatrist.  The psychiatrist told him that he was “a garden variety of depression and anxiety that comes from hyper-stress over years.  Finally, your body says, ‘That’s all.'”

His psychiatrist educated him about the neurotransmitter Serotonin.  “Serotonin allows your central nervous system to function.”  Stress depletes Serotonin.  Continued stress will eliminate it.  “It’s like an engine that doesn’t have oil.  The phenomena is called, ‘depression’ or the flip side is ‘acute anxiety.'”

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Tommy shared, “I didn’t know you could get totally burned out doing something you loved.”

He kept an insane schedule every day of the week writing books, counseling, mentoring, and speaking all over the country.

“I was at the top of my game.”

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The doctor told him he would need to deal with his schedule.  He also started him on medicines called SSRIs that prevented the reuptake of Serotonin so his body would not continue to deplete its supply.

Tommy also saw a counselor who “had been there.”  He said the counselor could help “talk him down because he understood.”

After about a month of the medicine, Tommy said, “Something lifted.”  A month later, he experienced “feeling good” again.  The next month, he began preaching again.

“You don’t feel different.  You feel like you.”

I had to cut out about 60% of my schedule, but the happiness came back.

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“What did I learn from this?”

“I learned to rest.”

“I learned that you can get completely burned out doing what you love.”

“I learned that we can’t take anything for granted.  You can get screwed up really quick.”

“Finally, I learned empathy.  So many people have gone or are going through this.  I had pastored the church since 1977 and people in my congregation came out of the woodwork.  They described the same ‘fetal position on the floor’ experience I had had.”

 

What did Tommy want people in the helping professions like the pastors and counselors in our school to learn?

#1 “Rest.”

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#2 Be aware of your culture.  “Our culture produces stress like sweets produce decay.”

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#3 Be aware of yourself. “Quite often people fall into this out of feelings of great responsibility.”

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Tommy also shared that he wanted people to not be resistant to taking medicine.  “Our mind is not a given.  It is not this separate entity.  Our mind is affected by a lot of things.”

Years later, Tommy later shared with his congregation that he was still unable to get off of his medicine.  He felt like this would be something that he may need to deal with for the rest of his life.

At times, a prolonged season of stress–this can stem from unresolved grief, doing too much of what we love, emotional stress, or simply always being over-busy–can impact the rest of our entire lives.

Tommy’s counselor shared with him that many of the people who go through a depression like he experienced also go through a divorce during that time.  “When they said ‘for better or for worse,’ they weren’t thinking this.”

Tommy expressed thankfulness that his wife stuck with him through the entire experience.  (Maybe it had something to do with all of his decades of work in applying what he taught on Romance from the Song of Solomon.)  ; )

What are your thoughts?  Is it a new idea to think that too much of a good thing could bring such a dramatic health crisis to your life?  Have you walked through this with a loved one?  Please comment and share.

Next time, I’ll share a story about how pushing too hard led to a physical health crisis and what one man did about it.

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Christine M. Wilson, LPC
Co-Founder, Think Time

Tweetable  Blog Highlights

One thing we can never delegate to anyone else is protecting our health. Read more: http://ow.ly/B3Wd30jHunz

Only we can control what we eat, when we go to bed, and how much we exercise. Read more: http://ow.ly/B3Wd30jHunz

The necessity of protecting our health is just about as much of a scientific “law” as gravity. Read more: http://ow.ly/B3Wd30jHunz

“I didn’t know you could get totally burned out doing something you loved.” –Tommy Nelson @dentonbible

[I was not expecting this.] “I was at the top of my game.” –Tommy Nelson @dentonbible Read more: http://ow.ly/B3Wd30jHunz

“Our mind is affected by a lot of things.”  –Tommy Nelson @dentonbible Read more: http://ow.ly/B3Wd30jHunz

Stress depletes Serotonin.  Continued stress will eliminate it.  Read more: http://ow.ly/B3Wd30jHunz

“Rest.” –Tommy Nelson @dentonbible Read more: http://ow.ly/B3Wd30jHunz

Be aware of your culture.  “Our culture produces stress like sweets produce decay.” –Tommy Nelson @dentonbible

Be aware of yourself. “Quite often people fall into this out of feelings of great responsibility.” –Tommy Nelson  @dentonbible

At times, a prolonged season of stress can impact the rest of our entire lives. – Christine Wilson @taketimetothinktime http://ow.ly/B3Wd30jHunz

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Life Balance for Those in a Helping Profession (1/6)

Is it possible to maintain life balance and be in a helping profession like counseling, ministry, healthcare, or public service?

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It is not only possible to maintain life balance while working in a helping profession; it is critical!

I think of it like putting on your oxygen mask while flying.

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These days, when I fly, I usually have a tiny sidekick on my lap.

Every time, the flight attendants reminds all of us in the cabin, “In case of an emergency, oxygen masks will fall.  Secure your own mask before securing the masks of others.”

To be honest with you.  I don’t really like these instructions.  They go against my design to nurture and protect my baby.  I want to help my baby first.  The three seconds it will take me to secure my own mask instead of hers may be unbearable!

Nonetheless, this reminder is repeated on every flight across the world because it is so important.  The truth is that if I don’t secure my oxygen mask first, I may disqualify myself from being able to help those depending on me.

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The same is true for pastors, counselors, parents of young children, adult children of aging parents, health workers, executives, and helping leaders of any kind.

If you on a daily basis serve and lead others, you must put on your oxygen mask first.  You can do this by nurturing life balance to prevent burnout.

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If you do not, you may keep yourself from being able to help others in their time of greatest need.

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In this series, we will address some ways that you can “put on your oxygen mask” by protecting your health, your time, your energy, and your focus.

We do this to empower ourselves to serve others better.

Have you had seasons in which you did not put on your oxygen mask before taking care of others.  What happened?

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Christine M. Wilson, LPC
Co-Founder, Think Time
Tweetable Blog Highlights:
Is it possible to maintain life balance and be in a helping profession? Read more: http://ow.ly/9OJ430jHvYA
Secure your own mask before securing the masks of others. Read more: http://ow.ly/9OJ430jHvYA
If I don’t secure my oxygen mask first, I may disqualify myself from being able to help those depending on me.
Nurture your life balance to prevent burnout. Read more: http://ow.ly/9OJ430jHvYA
If you on a daily basis serve and lead others, you must put on your oxygen mask first. Read more: http://ow.ly/9OJ430jHvYA

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We have a serious problem.  We are losing valuable time.  We have created an innovative process that helps people to dream big, get more time for what matters most, and become who they want to be.

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Shop Purpose Planners here.