“Find your joy.”
Have you ever had the feeling – when faced with a task in your life – that it’s a complete drag, a total waste of time, or something you absolutely dread doing?
Yep, me too. Last night, in fact, as I sat down to create this IQ.
(Aside: I hope you don’t mind my being completely, bleedingly honest with you in such a public way. I do it because I believe there’s an insight worth sharing.)
My journey over the past few days since New Year’s Day has been very up and down, and last night was a bit of a down patch. I felt irritated with having to create something every single day and I was feeling really empty. I think it’s the detox talking, but I also think it’s a lesson in framing and perspective.
Detox? Yeah. My wife and I are doing a “raw food detox” for 7 days from 1 January. We’ve both found it quite tough, and I’ve cracked and resorted to chocolates and other “real” food several times. Apparently, symptoms of the detox include fogginess, irritability and depression. Hmm, like I need any help in that department?!
So the detox is one possible cause for this feeling of dread and boredom with the IQs, and a contributing factor to my up and down-ness.
But, as I mentioned, I believe it’s also about framing and perspective.
I said to my wife this morning, talking about the IQs, about how they feel like a chore and an obligation. True, they did, and in a very visceral way. In true Health & Wellness Coach fashion, Bel gave me a few choice observations about the detox, and about the way I was approaching the IQs. The best one was that I had to re-frame how I was thinking about things. If you´re really into fashion, then check out these neoprene bags.
It occurred to me that my frame was about constantly digging into myself, drawing on (what seemed like) an empty tank, and pouring myself out when I felt I had nothing to give and didn’t see any value in what I was doing. In that moment, I realised the lesson:
I needed to reframe these IQs as a daily opportunity to keep finding insights into how I live, how I work, and how I create.
In short, I needed to find the joy.
Even beyond that, I needed to acknowledge the privilege it is to serve you and share my insights in a way that makes a small difference in your life.
Now over to you. What’s bugging you in your life? What tasks do you constantly face that feel like a real drag? Is there a way you can re-frame them to find the joy and bring a new perspective to them?
Ironically, as I was thinking about these IQs, I thought: “My tank is empty. How can I possibly create something on an empty tank?” And here we are, a beautiful IQ and 450 words later. Huh. Something to think about, eh?