I love this time of year. Lots of things slow down (email traffic, meetings, projects) and there’s an opening of space for what’s most important in life (for me it’s family, friends, laughter, and love).
In this end-of-year space, I also set aside time for reflection. Time to think about what filled my last 365 days, and reflect on what it can teach me about what I want in the year ahead.
There’s one simple question that I always ask myself.
“What are you tolerating?”
What are the things that you’ve been putting up with that are getting in the way of achieving your goals? You know, the things that bother you, but you’ve been too busy, too polite, or straight-up unmotivated to change.
A disorganized desk … Negativity in the office … A member of your team who’s not pulling his or her weight … A board that’s not pulling their weight … Work/Life Imbalance … A job that doesn’t make you happy.
So, what are you tolerating?
My challenge to you this week is to find out. First, write a list of 5-10 things, people, or beliefs that you are tolerating in your life right now.
Once you have your list, next to each item write one action step you will take to eliminate that toleration from your life. For example, if you’ve been tolerating someone’s negative attitude in the office, you might plan to have a conversation with that individual to express the impact it’s having on you and others on the team.
By taking action to reduce your tolerations, you will immediately eliminate stress and distractions, and channel your energy to more effectively, and happily, achieve your goals and dreams.
And now, I want to hear from you!
If this question resonates with you, leave a comment and let me know. What have you been tolerating, and what action are you going to take to remove that toleration from your life? And if this question fell flat for you, let me know that too! What’s the question that works better for you?
That’s it for this week – keeping it short and sweet so you can have plenty of time for the most important things in your life.
Sending you lots of warm wishes for the holidays,
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