COMBATING THE SUNDAY SCARIES!
Don’t Let Your Monday Ruin your Sunday
We’re harvesting all kinds of homegrown veggies from our garden right now, so it only seemed appropriate to carry over some inspiration here!
1. Choose Your Environment Carefully
Plants need varying amounts of sunlight, moisture, soil texture and drainage, and pH in order to live. When deciding which plants to buy, you have to think about how the location will impact the plant’s ability to flourish.
The same goes for you.
Each of us needs our own little ecosystem to thrive, personally and professionally, and finding the right match can make all the difference in the world to your well-being (or the size of the zucchini you didn’t realize was growing into a 3’ long monster in the corner).
This week’s episode of No More Mondays podcast features my discussion with Helen Day, where we talk about the importance of environmental awareness and how to create and support a culture critical to engaging the rising workforce.
Do you feel like you are thriving in your workplace? Are your personal factors aligned with the realities of the work environment?
2. Seek the Right Support
Just like plants, we need structure, foundation, and support to succeed. If you’ve ever seen a tomato plant topple to the ground or a morning glory fine tangling around itself due to lack of trellis, you know what we mean.
How is your support structure?
On the job? At home? In your personal or spiritual life?
Do you have the support you need to keep growing or are you going it alone and feeling isolated and stuck?
Pay attention to yourself this week and identify one area of your life where you need or want more support.
Write down two people who can help you add this extra support to your life.
3. Discern Weeds from Plants
You work hard to plan and plant your garden, only to have nature send you the twist of a “volunteer” plant, or worse – the certainty of weeds.
Some people say the only difference between a weed and a plant is location.
That gets you thinking, eh? We all have different values and priorities. Knowing yours are critical, and respecting those of others will help you handle adversity, team dynamics, and relationships a lot more easily. It may also bring unexpected – but good – outcomes and opportunities your way!
Just because it’s unexpected doesn’t mean it’s also unwanted.
Be on the lookout this week for something unexpected, and consider if it’s a “weed” to toss or a “plant” to keep where you can watch it grow and develop.
4. Maximize Positive Relationships.
You don’t have to spend much time in the garden, or even outside, to encounter insects.
While many people find insects to be pests, in a garden, they can be beneficial – essential – to a healthy ecosystem. From dragonflies that eat mosquitoes to bees pollinating flowers, there are allies all around you.
There are also some bad guys, like leaf-eating beetles and sap-sucking aphids.
I’m not going to beat around the bush (do I get bonus points for a garden idiom) on this one: the people in your life either build you up or break you down.
You have the power to choose who has regular access to you.
Seek out healthy and beneficial relationships – ones that include trust, empathy, reciprocity, openness, effective communication, respect, and boundaries.
Choose one person who brings good things into your life and thank them this week.
5. Focus Your Time and Energy on Growth
If you want to grow a healthy, fruitful garden bounty, you must rid it of what doesn’t serve it; if it doesn’t foster growth, it isn’t helpful.
You’ve heard me say it before – there is proven science to the benefits of an abundance over scarcity mindset, and this is the garden equivalent of that fact.
Weeding removes grass so the garden plants have the space, water, nutrients, and sunlight to grow properly. If you don’t pull out the weeds, they can rob your plants of essential energy and possibly even overtake your plants.
Have any “weeds” slowly crept up in your life? It might be a tad painful, but consider your next step toward removing that unnecessary thing (thoughts, habits, people….jobs…).
6. Be Patient
I would have loved to be eating vine–ripe tomatoes in June, but in our climate zone, that just isn’t going to happen.
Growing a plant takes time and the right conditions (see number one above).
So does growing your career, achieving personal goals, or getting to the next level. Change doesn’t happen overnight. Allow yourself to experience the journey.
I encourage you to be compassionate with and kind to yourself as you allow yourself time to grow and change.
7. Share Your Joy
Someone ‘rang the doorbell the other day out of the blue. It was a neighbor we hadn’t met yet handing out brown bags of freshly picked plums from the tree in their yard.
I love how fruit and vegetable growers like to share extras. Lord knows I’d have zucchini coming out of my ears if we didn’t do the same.
Whether it’s stone fruits or squash, we all have something to give to the world.
It might be something you can eat or something like your creativity, passion, love, compassion, organization, leadership, or a listening ear.
What gifts do you have to spread around, and what’s one way you can share it this week?
Here’s to a great week!
Your Friend and Coach,