In Author Brene Brown’s book, The Gifts of Imperfection, she describes a way of getting re-energized when you feel overwhelmed. It’s a simple, but amazing Digging Deep strategy to help you when you are physically and emotionally exhausted.
D.I.G. – Deliberate, Inspired, Going
Many people either suck it up and push through or they waste time on something unproductive when they feel overwhelmed. Brene Brown used to push through until one day she decided, “screw it,” and broke her dig deep button. She decided that when things got to be too much, she would slow down, instead of relying on her old suck it up, soldier through, mentality. She said it worked for a while, but she missed having some kind of tool she could use when her energy was zapped. She wanted to look at a wholehearted way to feel rejuvenated and energized. After turning to her research, she discovered a different way to DIG deep. Something way better than pushing through, and more meaningful than simply just slowing down.
Brene Brown discovered that people who live wholeheartedly and become drained and depleted don’t just push through mindlessly. They do something restorative to give them the energy they need. The get:
Deliberate in their thoughts and behaviors through things like meditation, prayer or just by setting their intentions.
Inspired to make new and different choices.
As a business owner, things can get quite hectic. When I get burned out, I don’t push through anymore. Helping people is my passion, and I don’t want what I do to become mundane and robotic. Which is what would happen if I just suck it up and kept going. I also don’t just want to sit on the couch and veg out (unless I decide to). Instead I DIG deep. I ask myself, “what do I need right now?” Sometimes it’s family time, sometimes it’s me time, other times it’s sleep, and maybe even some video game time. I get (D) deliberate about what I want to do. Whatever it is, it’s something that is (I) inspiring to me in some way. Then I (G) get going, take action, and do it.
So when you feel overwhelmed and depleted, don’t just push through or do something worthless. Instead, get deliberate about something you want to do, make sure it is inspiring, then go and do it.
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