Only Human – Know Your Own Limitations

música 65We are only human, and therefore do have our own set of limitations about what is possible, feasible & even ideal. That’s not to say we can’t stretch or challenge that from time to time (as Felix Baumgartner recently demonstrated so dramatically!), but it is less healthy to ignore them or pretend they don’t exist.

We can’t be everything to everyone, whilst performing at maximum capacity for extended periods and continuing to say ‘Yes’ to even more things, without something giving. We are not machines – let alone well-oiled ones!

But we can get caught up in our own hype when we’re under pressure, and be fooled by our seemingly superhuman capabilities.

We forget how to say ‘No’ when someone asks us to take on another task or responsibility or to make time for something else, even if we recognise we’re already struggling under the current load. We think we can crank out even more productivity and peak performance – like an endurance athlete – despite the fact that we’ve not prepared ourselves adequately & certainly aren’t looking after ourselves properly in between. We feel like we’ve got to right all wrongs, or address all outstanding issues, just because we’ve managed to make some great progress on a few things we’ve been focused on.

Consciously choosing to push our boundaries and abilities is a healthy, natural and essential evolutionary impulse. It is what nurtures dreams and enables change.

But it is a wise man who understands his own limitations.

And a wise woman who knows hers too!

There is no sense in pushing ourselves until we break, or until we smash all the plates that we’ve been trying so delicately to keep spinning.

The human body and brain are truly remarkable, and the human heart and soul are fathomlessly deep.

So to honour both our ability to grow and evolve, as well as our innate humanness, we need to be clear about what our non-negotiables are:

  • What do you really need to prioritise (what’s most important)?
  • What are the things you aren’t willing to compromise on or let slip?
  • What areas does your persistence turn into stubbornness that really doesn’t serve you?
  • What is the cost (to yourself, others & your dreams) of ignoring your healthy limitations?

Could it be time to take off the cape, and forgive yourself for being only human?

Can You Overdo It – is it possible to take too much action?

Can you Overdo It with too much action?

At ActionPodcast we believe that small things, consistently done produce extraordinary results – so is it possible to overdo it? Those small steps can start to build strong momentum, so is there such a thing as taking too much action?

There are two aspects to consider when you are taking massive action towards a project or outcome that you want – one is focus, and the other is natural rhythm.

If your focus remains fixed on only one action, and all your energy and effort are directed towards that point, then you could be losing sight of how this action fits within the bigger picture of what you want to achieve.

Likewise, if you ignore the human need for the natural ebb and flow of energy – the need to expel energy and then recharge, you could find yourself feeling burnt out or frustrated and guilty because you can’t maintain that pace indefinitely.

How Not To Overdo It

Taking time out to recharge is an essential part of any action plan, and it can be helpful to think of the cycle of the Seasons as a metaphor for this. The type and level of energy we need to invest varies through Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, and this cycle is something that can play out repeatedly during a larger or more longer-term goals that we’re working towards.

Allowing ourselves this ‘downtime’ not only recharges our batteries (making us more effective when we move back into action), but it also gives us the chance to step back and examine our area of focus, and to shift it if needs be. If we are lacking sufficient times to recharge or the perspective to check whether our action is moving us in the best direction, then we increase the chances that we might appear to overdo it.

Join Chris & Sam in this podcast as they explore effective ways to put boundaries around your recharge time, and ensure that you are focusing your action in the best way.

Thanks to Mark @StarbirdTV for his brilliant inspiration!

Achieving a Healthy Work-Life Balance

Work-Life Balance. Such a well-worn phrase it’s almost become a cliché. But what does it mean, exactly? And is it actually achievable? In our world of human doings who’ve (either by design or necessity) forgotten they are human beings, it’s a serious question.

Signs your life is out of balance
I always know my life is out of whack when I start to feel any – or all – of the following:
1. overwhelmed.
2. irritable and short-tempered.
3.  overly emotional.Continue reading