52 Tiny Changes
You've done it before. Tried to change your whole life in 30
days. Only to fizzle out at day 10 because it take too much time.
Join me in making a small change each week and by the end of the
year you will have made 52 improvements to your life!
with 52 changes in the subject line. Or come here each week for
a new change and some steps to help you along the way.
Tiny Change #30. Resign from one committee, volunteer
post, or duty you don't really like
we spend our time is how we spend our life. We need to take responsibility
for our time and our choices. I remember complaining to my husband
a few years back about how overextended I was. I told him all
the things I had to do & where I had to take the kids. Expecting
some sympathy I was rather annoyed when he calmly looked at me
saying, 'Well you're the one that signed up for everything.' At
the time I thought that was rather harsh. But the next day I looked
at my schedule & thought about what he said.
No one forced me to sign up the kids for swimming lessons during
my lunch time at work. I did it to please the kids and to win
some Mommy sacrifice award. Fearing someone might not like me
I said yes to the school's fun night though it didn't sound fun
at all. I was so impressed to be thought of as director for an
event that I said I'd love to. Only later did I realize about
5 people turned the position down knowing the time commitment.
All over the calendar were appointments made for all the wrong
reasons. I started by letting go of one commitment - for my sanity.
I've since learned to never commit until I think about it, pray
about it & look at my schedule. "I'll get back to you on
that." I want to commit for the right reasons - love of the
job, generousity, love.
Look over your schedule. Are you overwhelmed & overcommitted?
Look at your reasons for scheduling these. Were not able to say
no because of some people pleasing or wanting to be thought of
as supermom? What on your schedule is not in your top 5 priorities?
Which are your best activities out of the midst of good activities?
You have a purpose. You have gifts and talents that you were
given to make use of. If you are doing activities that don't best
meet your abilities or your passions, maybe they aren't yours
to be doing. Do less so you are able to give your best.
What one commitment are you able to admit you made for the wrong
reasons? Now find a way to bow out gracefully. "When I made
this commitment, I didn't realize what else I had on my plate.
I don't want to do a diservice for this project. I'm going to
have to quit this committe."
Now before you say yes to another project, evaluate your reasons
and current commitments.
Management for Parents
of Bowing Out Gracefully
What are you going to resign from or quit doing?
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