too exhausted to work Whether you’re leading a multinational organization or a family of 4, if you’re going to be a successful leader you need to take care of your health, get enough rest, move your body, and stay connected with people you care about. Yet, even with that knowledge, we all have those times when we hit the wall.

It may be that you were traveling across multiple time zones, had several evening meetings in a row, or had a young one up in the night, but whatever your particular challenge, the result is exhaustion.

So, what can you do when you hit the wall and yet your presence and engagement are needed? We find that there are three things that can help you bring the best of yourself when you have the least of yourself to work with.

To become more present and engaged:

  • Consider how the tasks you need to accomplish align with your purpose. Connecting with what deeply matters to you can help you come above your exhaustion and show up for the people and situations that you care about.
  • Choose what you do. Having a sense of control over your day or a situation can help you lean in and become more engaged. When you’re exhausted and you feel out of control, it can really be a challenge.
  • Build in some time to connect with someone who energizes you. It can be a family member, a team member, or a meeting of people who evoke the best in you. Whoever it is, make sure you get some time with them as you’re getting ready to go into a situation where your presence and engagement are needed.

As we head into the holiday season, the temptation to overdo and under-nourish yourself will increase and so we’re going to share some tips for nourishing your body, mind, and soul over the next few weeks. Remember, it’s never too late to start taking care of yourself.

We want you to thrive!
Your Coaches and Allies at Carpenter Smith Consulting

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