EMBRACE YOUR LIMITED ENERGY
Series: The Destructive Power of Self-Inflicted Pressure
How does a 747 airplane get off the ground? It is incredible to think that this 970,000 pound aircraft can actually soar into the air and fly. The only way it goes is if it has fuel. Over 5,000 pounds (746 gal) of jet fuel on takeoff to be precise. Incredible! Just like this airplane, you have an incredible capacity to go, to make things happen, to soar! You are able to be strategic and wise, kind and loving, fearful, angry and sad. You can read a book, drive a car, write emails and dream up new ideas. You can have all levels of conversations with co-workers, employees, your spouse, your kids, with strangers. And, just like the 747, you have a limited amount of fuel.
If a pilot looked at his fuel gage and saw that he didn’t have enough in the tank to make it to the next destination, we would certainly counsel him to get a fill up! Don’t take off yet! And yet, we don’t usually offer the same to ourselves. Many of us are running on empty, as we file our next flight plan and sluggishly push ourselves down another runway. We are heading for a crash.
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We need to have realistic expectations on our energy. As much as we don’t like it, it is incredibly healthy to say “no” when we are running on empty, or hopefully before. This boundary is kind to others, because it is making sure you aren’t giving the people in your world the leftover scraps of your energy. It is also kind to yourself by making sure you are not getting overwhelmed, burned out, resentful and a host of other negative emotional reactions to having no boundaries on your energy.
Take the Pressure Off: by setting healthier expectations on your energy