Your tank is empty because you drained it.
While driving my car I tend to forget all about my gas tank UNTIL the red light goes on and alerts me to the fact that I am running low on gasoline. I respond according to my personality by waiting a day or two “certain” that I’m not that low and the car can run a little longer.
Unfortunately, so many of us run ourselves that same way with the exception that the warning that we are “getting low” on fuel may look like exhaustion, challenged relationships, a health crisis, or even depression.
Just like in my car I am the one responsible to fill up my own gas tank.
Emails, phone calls, to-do lists, and texts force us to continually engage in on-going information 24-7. When are we done with work? When will we walk away from all the “screens” in our lives and take a walk or engage in a hobby that re-fuels us? Perhaps today we need to declare out-loud ” I give myself permission to rest.”
As a Coach I often use the example given on the airplane by the stewardess: ” in a crisis place the oxygen mask on yourself before attempting to help anyone else!” Have you made yourself a priority on your calendar? Do you have weekly practices that keep your “tank” above the EMPTY line? What are the activities that drain your “tank”? Is there anything you need to stop or start in order to maintain a healthier balance?
Take a moment today consider your energy level. Is there a RED LIGHT on that you are ignoring? Remember, you are responsible to manage your own “gas tank” so “Fill’er up!” 🙂