You’ve probably heard some version of the old adage “love yourself before you can love someone else”. Or perhaps, “keep your tank full” so you can give to others. The cliches are true: how we treat ourselves directly affects how we treat others.
When it comes to being your best at work, it’s more than just nailing a project or wowing the client. It’s about how you show up, and that requires some level of self-care.
Nine months into being a new mom and I’m getting to see things through the eyes of a newcomer to this world. From her point of view, everything is little, everyone is new and anything is possible. As she tries to stand up, if she stretches her arm just a bit more, she will have a sturdy place to hold on. If she steps a little farther, she will be well balanced. It won’t take much, but for her it’s the difference between standing and falling.
Taking little steps and making small adjustments is how you learn and grow and evolve.
An old adage tells us that “if you wait to drink when you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.” Modern wisdom, and biology, challenges this by saying that thirst is the body’s way of telling us we need water, so it’s in fact ok to wait until you reach the point of thirst.
But why wait until the need is so great? What might you miss out on by not proactively nourishing your body (and mind) with what you know it needs?
Why wait to have the conversations you know you need to have?
In a pretty complex world, we’re often looking to simplify in small ways: organize the apps on our phone, consolidate our accounts, or pick up the phone instead of sending a long email.
To focus on the small stuff is to simplify everyday behaviors that can over-complicate life. Everything can be broken down to a smaller form, and the small stuff is much easier to tackle than the big stuff.
Think about the last time you made a big plan in your personal or professional life. Perhaps it was a new year’s resolution, a 3-year strategic plan or a big trip.
I’ll never forget the first time I took on a management role. I remember being mostly concerned with when review cycles take place, what the vacation policy was, and where is that form for approving a new laptop? I figured if I created a nicely formatted checklist, I'd be good to go.
Then I realized that this management thing was personal.
Apparently, everything is “culture.” Organizational culture made itself such an all-inclusive catch-all, that it’s lost it’s meaning entirely.
What kind of perks does your company have? Culture.
What are the company values? Culture.
How do people get promoted? Culture.
Companies want to change their culture now more than ever. But nobody knows what culture really is and how to “fix” it.