If you ever need a good kick-ass “get your butt in gear” song, this is one of my favorites. “Getting the best of” someone can mean getting under someone’s skin, or defeating them, as it does in the song. But it can also mean quite literally, “the best of”. The best you can give. As creative entrepreneurs, we tend to want to give our best on everything and quickly get overwhelmed (you know how that is, don’t you?).
I fall into that trap more times than I care to admit. It’s because I care. I want people to be happy and fulfilled, but it tends to backfire. I feel pretty stretched sometimes – managing a growing business isn’t easy, especially when you combine that with balancing family needs and the many tasks that come with our day to day lives. It can get overwhelming really fast. We do our best to keep up, still feeling like we’re not doing enough. What usually hums along starts to cough and skip, and things fall through the cracks.
Charlie told me in that he detected “some fret” in a recent email – I actually laughed out loud at that, because it felt like such a huge understatement! And it got me to thinking – what am I providing to those who are important to me? When we’re caught up in the day to day, spinning on that hamster wheel, we’re cheating ourselves and everyone around us. Our significant others. Our children. Our clients. Our friends. Everyone.
Nobody is getting the “best of you” when you’re operating at half capacity.
So what do we do to fill our cup back up?
I’ve been hearing a lot about self care and forgiveness lately. Little messages whispered in my ear via my inbox or feed. It’s that little voice that keeps reminding me to stop what I’m doing and listen.
These messages are gentle reminders that rest and play is important. Let me repeat that in case you missed it. Rest and play is important. Self-care is always last on my list – and I know I’m not alone. But why? Really. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant. A great workout, a cup of tea in early morning silence, a blissful hour alone on the mountain.
Great work requires all of your focus, so I’m doing my best to concentrate on being present – fully present – in each moment. Minimizing distractions so I can stop multi-tasking and give 100% to the most important thing at that moment. Whether that’s my creative work, my family, or even just my quiet thoughts.
What are you doing to fill your cup today, so you can give the best of you? I’d love it if you would share in the comments.
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“Mr. Atlas” photo credit: Phillipe Put