Lately I’ve been talking about creativity, joy, and vision, and today I want to switch gears a little to focus on something very close to my heart: well-being. I want to know how much attention you’re paying attention to your soul and how she’s moving through the world.
If you’re anything like me, you always want to be doing your best work. You want to know you’re putting yourself out there and daring the edge in everything you do, but are you creating the conditions for all that to happen? Are you “filling your well” like Julia Cameron says?
Filling your well is a vital part of doing your best work and living your best life. It’s crucial to engage in daily self-care that buoys you up and stimulates your love, joy, and focus so you can show up wholeheartedly. If you’re not showing up wholeheartedly, it’s kinda hard to pull off everything you’re capable of or feel good about your day-to-day existence. I know you know what I’m talking about.
Your best work isn’t tied to a particular job or career. It’s not about the accolades tied to your position or the money you hope to make. It’s certainly not tied to comparison, burnout, or anything that weighs you down and snuffs out your spirit.
Your best work is the practice that draws forth your talents and skills to benefit the world around you. Whether it’s on the intimate scale of raising your family or the larger scale of running a big company, your best work contributes to humanity, making us better people, more loving, more kind, and more generous. It’s about using your genius to build us up and help us explore our dreams, capabilities, and visions.
Doing your best work will ask all you have to give. It will tax your creativity, your productivity, and your well-being, so if your well runs dry, you’re up mud creek with no oars. Hear me when I say it takes way more energy to extract yourself from that creek than it does to make sure you don’t end up there in the first place.
Filling your well is super important because you can’t give what you don’t have, so if you want to do great work on a daily basis, you need to rest and rejuvenate often enough to keep you firing on all cylinders. Instead of waiting to scrape rock bottom in a frantic search for energy, take proactive steps to monitor your energy levels and top up before you empty yourself so thoroughly that you burn out or simply can’t move forward anymore.
As women, we tend to put everyone else before ourselves, and the danger in that approach is we meet everyone else’s needs before we meet our own. While we do this out of love and a willingness to sacrifice, we also have to remember that we’re not machines. We need love, we need rest, and we need to pay attention to our souls so we don’t fray ourselves in the service of others. [Continue reading]