Have you ever thought to yourself, “If this could only be simpler, I know I could make it work.”
Have you ever just want to hit the easy button?
If you are nodding your head and agreeing with me, thank you, and know I am right there with you.
Life has many challenges to be sure. We all wish it could be just a little easier.
I spend a lot of time helping people manage exactly this challenge. How can we do our best, when what we really want is for our best to come just a little bit easier than it does. So for all of us who are serially hard on ourselves and just want to hit the easy button some days, here are some thoughts as we try to navigate to be our best.
Set a goal every day.
I know, you’ve heard that often. But my suggesting combines the what you need to do with what you want to do. I like to think of it as a real world inspirational goal. Real world because you’ve got to get stuff done, and inspirational because if you don’t feel “good” you likely won’t get anything done.
Here’s an example from my life. It may be odd, but a clean counter makes me feel successful. It means everything's in its place and under control. It’s not hard to keep a counter free of “life stuff” as long as you keep up with it. I find that if I keep my kitchen counter clean, I am able to tackle the harder stuff with a little less difficulty. So, my goal every evening is to make sure that the counter is clean when I come down in the morning. I see it as the fresh canvas of a new day. For me, when I shut the lights on my way out the door and look at it, I know I can get the rest of the stuff done, because my canvas is ready to take on more things. Start with a dirty canvas and I have less opportunity to create the picture I am hoping for.
Keep it real
Sorry, had to use it. You’ll notice I didn’t tell you that I cleaned every counter, organized my cabinets, and reworked the pantry before I left the house. I mean, I am sure there are those of you who could tackle that, but yeah, that’s not me. I have one goal that I know will help me to feel positive about myself and is realistic given my hectic life. Set yourself up for failure and guess what, you’ll fail. Keep your inspirational goals real, and you’ll be inspired and not deflated by them.
Take the easy button on the road.
Educators have the hardest job there is. It is also one of the most rewarding jobs as long as you apply the inspirational daily goal idea there as well. Of course there are a million things you HAVE to do. But what is the one thing you CAN do that will help you to feel inspired and confident as you work your way through the have to dos? I challenge you to think of what that might be and make it a part of your routine. Adapt this idea and see if it makes a difference in your day or your teaching. How about sharing it with a colleague. Or maybe your students.
So, have at it. Pick a task that is both necessary and makes you feel good about you and you may have just found the secret to the easy button.