I look at my upcoming ICU schedule and my face gets sad. Yes, I must be scheduled for Thanksgiving and my husband, although sad too, understands this necessary “evil” for my nursing job. What does that mean for Thanksgiving this year? PUNT! Being be prepared like a Girl Scout is the mode I am jumping into. Always be prepared, right? Shopping in advance, making some dishes before hand AND my husband to fill in the rest (considering he doesn’t cook that’s a plus!).
Being prepared can take the stress out of situations and decreases your chances of feeling guilty. Being prepared means having a plan, an intention that something is made ready in advance. Here are some tips:
1. Where are you starting from? Good question, right? It’s like running a race. This is a starting point, assessing what you have on hand (this could be preparing a meal, getting the kids off to school, e.g.,) or accepting where you are. Knowing what brought you to this point might be useful, but, really being here and now, knowing where you are helps you notice, as you move forward, what is different.
2. Where do you want to go? Without knowing this you become lost, going here and there, like a bouncing ball. Without knowing where you are headed creates chaos. When you know where you want to go, you have purpose, and drive. You may have detours through experimentation and learning what works and what doesn’t. One last thought here, is to not be tied to the outcome. When you are tied to the outcome you can be disappointed at what you didn’t receive. When you are not tied to the outcome, what you receive may be better than what you originally intended. A huge benefit, right?
3. Be willing to give your 100%. You might find this statement daunting. 100% is something that gets mixed up with perfection. 100% actually means you are giving your best at any given moment. If you need skills to give 100% take a class on time management or organization. If you need support, join a mastermind group, ask friends to hold you accountable, or hire a coach.
When you bring your inner Girl Scout to the table what does that mean to you? What kind of planning or intention do you need in place to achieve your outcome? What kind of compassionate person do you need to be? When you’ve answered these questions for yourself share your answers so that we can learn together.