Oct 5 – Weighed down by obligations? Is your call to purpose and meaning being diluted or distracted by these obligations or empowered and effective? Are current commitments weighing heavy on you right now? Are you feeling the weight of your many obligations? Are you finding that some of what you are committed to doing no longer excites or inspires you, and yet you don’t want to let others down?
If certain commitments or obligations feel more like a burden than a blessing, then understanding why they feel this way is the first step before you can decide what your next steps should be. Then embrace your possibilities through your newly gained clarity.
Take an MM&I Moment to awaken to your feels around certain commitments and obligations. What feels burdensome or ungratifying? Did an obligation evolve into something more than you originally thought it would entail? If so, how? Are you feeling unappreciated for what you have done so far and so it has lost its luster? What is unappreciated? The bottom line is that if you feel burdened, it is because you are allowing yourself to feel this way. You need to take charge and leadership of your situation. Who do you know who still believes this commitment has value and merit? Could they be someone who would share in the responsibility, or you could entirely hand off the commitment to? How can you renegotiate the commitment to be more appealing to you or more manageable by you? What is one thing that could be done to make the obligation rewarding again? Taking action in some way will help you shift from thinking that weighs you down to thinking that lifts you up — transforming frustration into newfound freedom.
Wide Awake Quote of the Week
"Whether a man is burdened by power or enjoys power; whether he is trapped by responsibility or made free by it; whether he is moved by other people and outer forces or moves them – this is the essence of leadership.” – Theodore H. White
Yours in dreaming WIDE awake,
P.S. You may also gain some insight from my guest blog, 3 Ways Pleasing Others Holds You Back, on Mike Dooley’s Thoughts Become Things blog.