MVP: Use small wins to make tough days better.
There are a couple of practices I have that I resort to when I am struggling. Some days the ideas don’t come, or I’m paralyzed with doubt, or feel so overwhelmed I have trouble focusing. For those days, I have some self-care strategies that I have identified as constituting wins. Essentially, if I’m having a challenging day, I count the day a win if I do two of these three things:
I know – it’s a pretty low bar, but that’s the point.
They are good activities for me, and they make me feel better, so it is a double win.
So, what is a good win activity for you?
What one thing could you do on the hard days that would let you consider it a win?
May I suggest – 5-minute coaching!?!
It takes five minutes, is simple, and it helps someone else grow, which in turn should make you feel better. Win-win-win!
Next time you are down, just go and do a five-minute coaching session and call the day a win.
Yesterday’s podcast was about five-minute coaching, and it was so fun to put together because I got to do some real 5-minute coaching with two wonderful educators! The link is here in case you missed it or want to learn more about the technique.
Today’s intention: The next time you hit a low spot, get out and do a 5-minute coaching session. Be mindful of the impact on the person you coach and on you.