Year End: Why are you feeling so tired?

Jen’s opening bid in our coaching sessions was ‘I’m tired. Exhausted really’. Letting her comment sink in, I looked at her and asked her ‘What’s making you tired?’ Knowing something of her work over the year I followed that with ‘think back to the start of this year, what new things have you done?’ What have you achieved this year?’ 

Yes, it is ‘year-end’ in New Zealand with December and January combining long summer vacations and a festive season. 

Jen looks down and puts a dash on the page, and writes a comment. After 9 dashes and 9 comments, she sites back and laughs. ‘I am beginning to see the connection’, she grins. 

Jen and I discuss what 1 -2 things might she do each day/week to keep refreshed for the remainder of the year. There is no point in arriving at vacation time, exhausted, then take 5 days to rest enough to enjoy your holiday. 

Take time now to reflect on your year. Look back and note your successes and achievements of the past year.

  • What 3 – 4 things have you achieved this year?
  • What are the new things you have done?
  • What 3 – 4 things are you really proud of? 
  • What have you learned about yourself as a leader? 
  • What action(s) can you take daily to keep yourself refreshed?

Don’t wait. Begin that now.

© Diana Jones

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