Can you imagine a life where you feel rested, rejuvenated, and totally replenished–as your natural state?
(That’s my goal, too!)
It’s taken me a few weeks to compile the awesome list of books, quotes, and ideas that are featured in this week’s podcast (because I was feeling FAR from replenished for awhile), but now it’s ready, and I can’t wait to share it with you!
Here is a quick overview of the ideas shared in this week’s podcast:
The goal is to inspire you to rest, replenish, and recharge–because you have important things to do!
Most of the world is tired—not getting enough sleep, not taking vacations, pushing themselves…. But not us. We’re going to replenish ourselves physically, spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and socially.
(1) Physical Replenishment
Have you ever tried to “keep going” when you’re sick or suffering? It can work for awhile, but eventually, we’ll reach burnout.
Here are three recommendations:
- Kelly LeVeque’s green smoothies from the book *Body Love
- A daily nap! (If you have children and wonder HOW to do this, visit this post from Power of Moms.)
- AWESOME book about sleep by Dr. Matthew Walker (Even the “Look Inside” feature will give you some great tips!): *Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
(2) Spiritual Replenishment
I’ve been working on spending more time with God lately. When I do, I never feel rushed or overwhelmed. Slowing down actually helps us to make better decisions (and generate better outcomes!) when we more closely connect ourselves to our Higher Power.
Two resources I’m loving right now:
- The book *The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle: I have some differing opinions on parts of it, but it’s REALLY getting me thinking in a great direction. I’m learning that anxiety is caused when I think the future is going to bring happiness, fulfillment, success, etc. When those things are available by being PRESENT and realizing your value isn’t based on what you accomplish, etc. There’s power in disassociating your worth as a person with how much you DO.
- Oprah Winfrey’s “Super Soul” chapter-by-chapter interview with Eckhart Tolle about his new book, *New Earth
(3) Emotional Replenishment
The fewer intentional retreats we take, the more unintentional escapes we will make.
I learned that from a book I was reading recently, and it’s incredibly wise, right?
About a year ago, I had a big wake-up call in the form of a hand-written note by my 10-year-old:
Dear Mom and Dad, I went to school early because I didn’t want to hear my mom cry. Can you please sort things out while I’m at school? Love, Spencer. P.S. Please pray for me on my math test today.
Ahhhhh–I can’t even explain how I felt that day.
Here are a few resources that have been game changers:
- Hal Edward Runkel’s book, *Scream Free Parenting: The whole book is great, but particularly the part about the four levels of love (which I describe in the podcast). The highest level is “I love ME for YOU,” and I know that sounds incredibly counter-intuitive, but listen to this week’s podcast and you’ll see what he means.
- Taking a regular “April Day.”
- *Living Forward by Michael Hyatt: He gives you great suggestions for taking time away to plan your life.
- *Essentialism by Greg McKeown: This book is AWESOME!!! It totally inspired me to simplify my goals so I don’t feel like I’m spreading myself so thin. We have a podcast with him at LearnDoBecome here!
- *Necessary Endings by Dr. Henry Cloud . Whether it’s changing jobs, transitioning out of a relationship, moving to a new city, or simply “unfollowing” people who drain you on social media, the only way we can truly thrive is if we regularly “prune” our lives–like a rosebush. 🙂
(4) Mental Replenishment
THIS is where the 25,000 STEP Command Centrals come into play.
To calm our minds, we don’t need to do more. We need to create space.
In the podcast episode, I share the simple process I go through whenever I start approaching burnout.
(5) Social Replenishment
We need people. Sitting alone in our homes and trying to figure out how to make our lives better is HARD.
When you have friends you can trust and when you’re willing to open your heart, you’ll come to find out that whatever is stressing you out is totally normal—and there are solutions available.
Date nights, family get-togethers, business groups…these are lifesavers. (I share our personal solutions for this in the podcast!)
And just one more “R” I want to talk about:
R = Restart.
This came in from our Steps to Everyday Productivity member, Chantilly, recently:
STEP win, STEP win, STEP win!!! You guys, I am DONE. For the first time ever, in any online course I’ve ever signed up for, I’ve finished every part of every module, and I’m caught up on all the recent podcasts and everything. Holy cow.
It took me about a year-and-a-half total, but I feel AMAZING. My house is amazing. My brain is clear, my piles are gone, I know where everything is, and I’ve finished more projects since January 1st this year than I did over ALL of last year (and thanks to STEP, I actually accomplished quite a bit last year, so that’s really saying something!)
And also reminding: it doesn’t matter when you bought into STEP, it doesn’t matter how long it takes you, it doesn’t matter if you only do one ten-minute micro-burst every other month or once a year. Every step forward is progress, and even if you feel the need to start over from the beginning (over and over–anyone else? I think I restarted fresh three or four times), each time you restart, you’ll be faster, the process will sink into your brain more thoroughly, and eventually you’ll wake up and realize that hey, you finished! So don’t give up!
When you complete the course, the time and the clarity you’ll have for new projects will truly be astounding. I still can’t quite believe it! I’m SO thankful to Eric-April Perry and STEP and all of you for the support and encouragement and celebrations all along.
Something I think Eric said way back in a video somewhere had to do with the FOCUS acronym: Follow One Course Until Successful. That really stuck with me (I even have it on a sticky note on my computer screen!) Even though I’d already committed to ONLY working through STEP and no other courses at the same time (something I’d been doing for years, trying to get through three or four at once and then quitting on all of them out of overwhelm and frustration), that acronym cemented the idea for me, and it really worked. Committing to going through the course, step-by-step, one thing at a time, actually doing all the work instead of just reading/listening and moving on… wow.
And now… I’ve already selected the next course I’m going to go through from start to finish, and I can’t wait to get started. And FINISHED. Again and again. 🙂 Thankyouthankyouthankyou, STEP! <3Chantilly
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I hope these ideas have been helpful to you. Thinking about the “A” and “R” components of our ARISE series, can you imagine if all of us were anchored and replenished? What would feel possible?
QUESTION: Where do you need to focus when it comes to replenishment?
CHALLENGE: Choose one thing you’re going to change in your regular habits that will help you to feel excited and replenished each day.
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