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The Practice of Noticing: Part 2

One of the things I’ve been noticing about my life is that it’s full. Like REALLY full. I run two businesses, just moved offices in July, moved personally four days ago, and have started to dread checking my email (all three of them…at least there’s only three email accounts?). As I said last week, effective leaders are asked to do all the things, be on the committees and teams, be guest speakers, etc. because of how successful and effective they are. But at some point we must say no, or learn to delegate.

I am at the point where I need to delegate. Emotionally, mentally, and physically, I can’t do all the things I need to do to run two businesses and be at my best for my clients. As I sat in a professional peer group this afternoon, I mentioned that I’m looking for an assistant to help me with certain things. One of the participants asked me, what would you love to have someone else do for you?

I said that if money were no object, I would have someone cook meals for me and my spouse. It’s such a time suck, and unfortunately falls on my shoulders if I want to have a real meal. We all kind of oohed and aahed over how freeing this would be for me. I don’t want to have to worry about what I’m going to have for dinner every day and having someone help with this aspect of life would be absolutely amazing. So my next goal to reside on my vision board is a picture of a personal chef, even if it’s someone to simply prep the meals.

One of the specific things I’m noticing about this goal of having someone cook for us is that this particular idea has been at the back of my mind for years. I enjoy cooking, but not every day for myself. I love to cook as an expression of my love and care for people. I made pasta, sausage, and peppers and onions for the friends who helped us move. That was rewarding and meaningful for me. Cooking my dinner tonight wasn’t. It's starting to sink it that my time can be used much more effectively by coaching someone, being a keynote speaker, developing a training course, or writing an encouraging and thoughtful blog post.

HERE'S YOUR WEEKLY CHALLENGE: answer the question, “If money were no object, what would you have someone else do for you on a regular basis?” 

  • Imagine that you have this person helping you. 

  • Notice how you feel, how your body reacts to not having to worry about that particular task or activity, how it changes your mental state. 

  • And don’t forget to write these noticings down. It’s really important to physically write them and see them in words on paper.

Stay curious friends!

PS- Make sure you send us an email or comment below with what you’ve noticed, we love to hear from you!

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