Have you seen Inside Out? You know the part (OK, I’m just gonna assume you’ve seen it) when the dad’s little emotional dudes have to put (gasp) … the foot down? (“Sir, reporting high levels of sass!”)
It didn’t go so well in the movie, but it went well for me the other day when I did it to a client! 😉 And now, it’s this week’s #ClarityGem …
THIS WEEK, WE WANT YOU TO KNOW:
APPLY IT TO YOUR OWN LIFE:
I know, and coach, a lot of tightly wound people. I myself am such a person sometimes (a lot of the time?).
We — the tightly wound, that is — tend to think that everything is a Big. Freaking. Deal.
Someone didn’t load the dishwasher the way you would? It’s a BIG DEAL, PEOPLE.
Traffic has you running 10 minutes late? UGH, the BIGGEST of DEALS.
Someone was short with you in an email? You don’t know what it means, but you can be assured … it’s a BIG DEAL.
And naturally, when your tendency is to treat everything with a serious, perfectionist, near-crisis level of control and anxiety … your stress is going to be just as BIG as all of your “big deals.”
So, a little while ago I told one of my clients (who was suffering from this affliction) …
“That’s it. From now on, you are allowed ONE ‘big deal’ per day. That’s your quota. You officially have my permission to freak out once daily. No more!”
She came back the next week and told me:
“Whoa … it turns out that when you’re only allowed to freak out once per day, you’ve got to be really careful about what you freak out about.”
My thoughts, exactly.
How is this #ClarityGem sitting with you today? Leave us a comment to let us know!
WHAT #CLARITYGEMS ARE ALL ABOUT:
Sometimes it’s just better to avoid long blog posts and cut straight to the point!
Think of #ClarityGems as your weekly shake of the good ‘ole Magic 8 Ball … you never know what might bubble up and how it might be exactly what you need to hear today.
And instead of just a beautiful, inspirational, and shareable image (which is a nice start), we’re giving you some quick thoughts about how to interpret it … because inspiration without action is pretty, but kind of anti-climatic.
Tweet it, share it on Instagram, or forward it along to someone who needs to hear it today … and tag us (@ClarityonFire) to let us know how this Gem is inspiring you!
Rachel (+ Kristen)