“Sloth, like rust, consumes faster than labor wears, while the used key is always bright.”
— Benjamin Franklin
Today I am 31.
And to ring in this birthday, I wrote a list of 31 ways I have learned to stay bright in the past year.
I have learned to:
Work with urgency but not to rush.
Be more patient with myself and others.
Listen to understand.
Ask better questions to clarify.
Do things differently to get different results.
Appreciate my limits.
Be more generous.
Be a meaningful specific.
Schedule in self-care.
Let go of stories that are no longer serving me.
Create clearer boundaries between work and life.
Reach out to people to connect on a regular basis.
Wait before replying to an email or message.
Wait before saying yes or no to a commitment.
Appreciate being nobody.
Prioritize building out my own business.
Invest time and money into a fabulous wardrobe.
Let go of commitments that aren’t for me anymore.
Keep a daily blog.
Make time to work on creative projects.
Get out of my own way so I can do my best work.
I credit all of these learnings to work I did while finishing up my Master-level accreditation at Integral Coaching Canada and to the glorious humans who have walked both short and long distances with me up until now.
Unlocking our potential is a collective act, not an isolated one.
Staying bright is as much about the work we do with others as it is about the work we do by ourselves.
Staying bright is more about process and persistence and than it is about perfection.
Staying bright is about starting from where you are and using what you have to do the best work that you’re capable of doing right now.
So, how are you staying bright?
Today, tomorrow, and in the future.