Sustainability – A New Approach for Increased Profit

This month let’s continue to explore and play with the idea of Sustainable Self-Care using a triple bottom line of:

  • People = our desires and strategies for our Relationships and Social Connections.
  • Planet =our physical and emotional care, Health & Wellness strategies.
  • Profit = Spiritual; how we live a joyful life of purpose, abundance and shared reward.

This month I considered, more closely, Profit — how our definition and measure of profit may impact our commitment to, and success with, self-care.

When I first began to explore the idea of sustainable self-care, it was a natural, easy, and instant thought that had me equate “Profit” with “Spiritual”. I realize for many, this connection may not be evident. After all, spiritual is characteristic of nonmaterial things and for many,  the very calculation of “profit” is the tally of the material or physical bottom line.

But, when you have met your material bottom line .. then what? In the process of focusing on material reward has your spirit paid a price? Has joy been displaced by constant motion, stress and taking care of all you want to do and accomplish? In addition to your material success, if you also measured how many joyful moments you had, how would you do? If you measured the amount of physical and emotional energy you retained as a key indicator of a sustainable profit line, how would you do?

I have always wondered; if we would shift our thinking and consider not just our physical reward but our spiritual reward, how might our energy for self-care shift? Additionally, would a joyful spirit reward us with abundant energy to pursue our passions, share our gifts, and better serve the greater good?

I have found, over the years, that I have been more “profitable,” and sustained that success longer, when I was truly happy. When I connected to what brought me joy, I woke each day, ready to meet the challenges and opportunities.  This same principle may be an important key to creating a sustainable commitment to self-care. When we are connected to the things that bring us more joy, we are more likely to stay motivated. A playful spirit is relaxed; energy and intuition flow easily. When our effort feels like play, creativity, courage and confidence increase and contribute to our success.

In your approach to self-care, look for ways that connect you to activities that make you happy.  Even small moments of simple joy can have a big return.  Also, consider how taking a small amount of time for yourself now, will serve your greater good later.  Ask yourself these three questions;

What can I be whole hearted about?

What activities can you include in a self-care plan that when faced with the choice to either do, or not do, you will feel the tug that comes from knowing you will experience a high return of “happy”, even “joy” from the activity?

What do I love to practice?

Studies show that masters are simply people who have practiced something for 10,000 hours or more. To sustain that level of commitment requires love, not just like.  To sustain your commitment to self-care, find activities that you are excited to give your time to.

If I felt stronger, more rested, and could name the joyful moments in my day, who would share in my benefit?

If you make time for yourself, and find time to do things that bring you joy — that care for  your physical being, and renew your spirit — you will give the best “you” to the world, and all will profit.

To have profit of spirit is to have abundance. To live joyfully sustains your energy, to live with purpose sustains your energy, to have that sustainable energy to share your gifts is to bring it Full Circle.

Connect to Joyful Living through Playful Engagement and find your most authentic healthy self.

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Sustainability – Playful Planning for improved Self Care

Let’s continue to explore and play with the idea of Sustainable Self Care using a triple bottom line of;

People = our desires and strategies for our Relationships and Social Connections.

Planet =our physical and emotional care, Health & Wellness strategies.

Profit = Spiritual; how we live a joyful life of purpose, abundance and shared reward.  

This month I jumped into the exploration of health and wellness strategies with a goal to find a sustainable plan for physical and emotional care.

Like so many new explorations I began with a Google Search. A search on “Health and Wellness” produced about 52,900,000 results. Ok, how about “sustainable health and wellness”; 2,690,000 results. I thought I’ll just see what some of the top 5 results had to say. I found what appeared to be promising information; for example a column dedicated to “sustainable health and wellness”. I clicked into the current month’s article and found an explanation on how eating seaweed would reduce the negative effects of radiation that comes from passing through airport security x-ray machines.

Reality Check! And time for a new approach to coming up with a sustainable plan.

I am sure I am not the only one who has been a bit confused and at times over whelmed with the amount of information on health and wellness. So, where to begin? It starts by getting personal.

Health and wellness are subjective terms. Each person has a different definition and a different starting point. That means each person will have a different approach. There, in lies a clue to a sustainable plan. Knowing your personal definition, as well as your ideal image of health and wellness, will help to set goals, focus your research, choose best practices, develop strategies and create action plans.

What are the health and wellness targets you want to achieve to have the energy to pursue the life you desire?

Consider Physical Dimensions;

  • Sleep
  • Nutrition/Eating habits
  • Agility/Flexibility/Movement
  • Exercise-Strength/Endurance/Cardiovascular
  • Playful endeavors

Consider Emotional Dimensions;

  • Stress Response/Reduction
  • Excitement
  • Happiness/Joy
  • Emotional Awareness/understanding/expression/control

With your definition of health and wellness in mind assess where you are today. What is your current physical and emotional health compared to your ideal? A perfect time to do this assessment is when you complete your annual physical. After all, before you start a new program you will want to know your capabilities and any limitations.

I am not a health and fitness “expert”. I am however a fit and healthy person that believes in the power of Playful Engagement; finding ways to Imagine, Relax and Reconnect for Authentic Self Care. For me it is not about perfection, it is about Playing with and creating the possibilities.

I’ll offer a few last tips for creating a sustainable plan;

  • Don’t overdo it! Start with small changes.
  • Set SMART goals.
  • Get clear on how your plan fits into your schedule.
  • Create accountability – find a partner, work with a Coach.
  • Track your progress.
  • Reward your success and forgive your slips.
  • Keep it fun, social and connected to your favorite playgrounds.

Connect to Joyful Living through Playful Engagement and find your most authentic healthy self

I hope you follow along on my “Ride the Glide” blog and take your own journey to find sustainable and authentic self care. Are you looking for a partner, a Coach? Set up a complimentary session and let’s explore how the power of Play can bring courageous, creative, carefree and caring energy to this opportunity for growth.

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Sustainability – Circles of Encouragement for Self Care

Let’s continue to explore and play with the idea of Sustainable Self Care using a triple bottom line of:

People = our desires and strategies for our Relationships and Social Connections.

Planet =our physical and emotional care, Health & Wellness strategies.

Profit = Spiritual; how we live a joyful life of purpose, abundance and shared reward.  

This month I would like to look more closely at how People and our relationships and social connections impact our commitment to, and our success with, self care.

Consider:

  • Who are the People in your circles of family and friends?

Consider:

  • The relationship you have with a single person.
  • The relationship you have to a family unit.
  • The relationship you have with a circle of friends. 

How do these People help or hinder your desire for and strategies around self care?

Do these People create paths or introduce blocks to your authentic Play grounds?

How are you communicating with and engaging these People as it relates to self care? 

Do they know what you want — what you need?

How do they know?

Have you given a voice to your desires, interest and goals?

Have you shared that voice to the very People that will care the most?

I ask these questions because I have found a commitment to self care is not something that you can take on by yourself. Yes, it is ultimately your responsibility and yet success is balanced with and connected to the People that you have close relationships with.

What would happen if the People closest to you knew your strategies for self care and were a part of your plan. Why not create a plan that asks for, and then accepts, the support of the People in your life?

To create a self care plan that is sustainable include strategies that engage the loving People that surround you. Create relationships with People that share similar Play grounds and will encourage your regular participation. Create supportive relationships that will spur you on as you begin, and support you when the going is tough. At the most challenging points, it will not be just your courage alone, but the encouragement of these People that will help you sustain your commitment to self care.

“Create circles of encouragement for sustainable self care” Coach Barb

My journey has had me question my approach to self care and along the way I have learned a few lessons. First when it comes to self care, you cannot go it alone.  Secondly, self care is not selfish when you create relationships that allow for all to be cared for.

And here is the true full circle lesson.

If you make time for yourself, if you find time to do the things that bring you joy, that care for your physical being and renew your spirit you will give the best you to the People in your life.  

Take care to bring completions, new beginnings and connect to your core energy for sustainable results.

In past newsletters/ posts I have shared an approach to life’s journey that supports building a future with a positive attitude and the energy to explore all that is possible; I call this approach Playful Engagement™  With the power of Play, I look to bring courageous, creative, carefree and caring energy to this opportunity for growth.

I hope you follow along, add your comments and take your own journey toward finding sustainable and authentic self-care.

Let’s connect for Joyful Living through Playful Engagement™ and find our most authentic healthy self.

 

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Sustainability – A Time to Care

In my April newsletter and post I began to play with an idea, explore if you will, the idea of Sustainable Self-Care, introducing an idea to focus our thinking by using a triple bottom line of;

People = our desires and strategies for our Relationships and Social Connections.

Planet =our physical and emotional care, Health & Wellness strategies.

Profit = Spiritual; how we live a joyful life of purpose, abundance and shared reward.  

Over the spring and summer the challenge is to; pose some questions, look for some answers, give space to define indicators that will strengthen and sustain a commitment to take care of ourselves.

It turns out I asked myself to consider self care during a time that my energy was intensely focused as a care giver.  For the last eight weeks I have been with my sister, caring for her and her family at a time that turned out to be the last few weeks in her two year battle with cancer.  

The many conversations I had with my sister, my husband, my family and my sister’s circle of girlfriends brought forward powerful questions and many discovered truths.  I know in time I will have the courage to share with you some of the lessons I have learned. For now, I am going to honor my commitment to self-care by taking some time with my thoughts.

As I mourn the passing of my sister, as I mourn and move to redefining my relationship to her (as it will continue), I step back into the loving arms of my husband, I step back into the palliative comfort of the playful mountains of Vermont, I step back into my heart, to take care.  

Next month I’ll share a few more thoughts on the circles of loving people that sustain me and give me courage in my commitment to self care. I hope you follow along on my “Ride the Glide” blog and take your own journey to find sustainable and authentic self care.

Let’s connect for Joyful Living through Playful Engagement and find our most authentic healthy selves.

 

 

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Sustainability -Triple your focus for improved Self-Care

This last month, I have had the opportunity to give some time and support to my sister and her family. I am busy every day, and feel the love and appreciation that makes every minute a blessing. I have found, however, one challenge — a  challenge that I suspect many of us face when the opportunity to care for others is our priority. I will admit, my attention to my own self-care has not been a priority.

Although I am active and getting my exercise, I acknowledge that this is really not self-care.

If I, or any of us, is to be there and be our best for the ones we love, we must find a way to sustain our own health and wellness. How do we make and keep this kind of commitment?

I have had this thought for a while, and now seemed the perfect time to Play with an idea.

In business, “sustainability” refers to the triple bottom line of People, Planet and Profit. The triple bottom line is the measure and report on the results/impact of the organization’s social, ecological and financial performance.  A study conducted by A.T. Kearney(www.atkearney.com) found that companies committed to corporate sustainability practices are achieving above average performance during the current financial slowdown.

How does this relate to self-care?

We intuitively know the benefits of having close relationships, and playful, creative endeavors that relax and feed our soul, and of a spirituality that connects us all through a higher power. Let’s use this knowledge,along with the idea of the triple bottom line, to our advantage.

How may we look at the individual equivalent of People, Plant and Profit?  What would be our personal Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) for our Self Care success?

Playing with this idea; I shift my focus from business measures to personal measures, offering this triple bottom line.

People = our desires and strategies for our Relationships and Social Connections.

Planet =our physical and emotional care, Health & Wellness strategies.

Profit = Spiritual; how we live a joyful life of purpose, abundance and shared reward.

This spring and summer I am going to explore this idea a bit further. I  will pose some questions, look for some answers,and  give myself the space to define my indicators that will strengthen and sustain my commitment to take care of me, as well as others.  How about you?

Are you ready to acknowledge your current satisfaction level in your triple bottom line for self-care?

Are you ready to define personal goals and desires in each of these areas?

What will be the process to implement and achieve your success?

In past newsletters/ posts I have shared an approach to life’s journey that supports building a future with a positive attitude and the energy to explore all that is possible; I call this approach Playful Engagement™ (click here to read more). With the power of Play, I look to bring courageous, creative, carefree and caring energy to this opportunity for growth.

Let’s connect for Joyful Living through Playful Engagement™ and find our most authentic healthy self.

“Like an ability or muscle your inner wisdom is strengthened by doing it.” Robbie Gass – The Artist Way

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Finding a Playground for Authentic Self Care – Body/Mind/Spirit

As you complete the first quarter of the year, are you finding your stride, starting to thrive, “riding the glide”? Or Not?

The change of season is a natural time to check in. Moving from winter into spring the year’s activities are usually in full swing.  Our new commitments, new tools, and new processes of the New Year have had a chance to be tested.

Lately I have found myself thinking about and discussing with various clients and colleagues the subject of time management and finding balance in our schedules. It seems “balance” is a constant challenge. When we look at our life, and even just our current schedule, we seek to answer the question of whether we are spending enough time in the most important aspects of our life, and dealing with the challenge of getting it “all” in.

An industry has been built on solutions for improved time management and finding balance. Depending on personality, perception and context, we can approach the balance question by improved systems to organize our activities, or we can focus on managing ourselves and our choices within the time given. Whether you are in Camp A or Camp B or draw from both, I continue to see a common adjustment made when our time and our activities get tight.  It seems our first solution for “not enough time” is to fore go “balance” and give up the activities and time we give to ourselves, our care, and our happiness.

Is this really the solution?

Without sounding selfish I just want to say; caring for our self is time well spent. Our health and wellness obviously affects our physical energy in life. When our bodies our functioning well, we have the energy to work, study, think and play. And, our health and wellness encompasses more than just the physical. Our health and wellness also have mental, emotional and spiritual factors.

When we deprive ourselves of the activities that feed our health and yes, our happiness, we are choosing to impact our ability to perform. It is not just the occasional missed workout, or missed gathering of friends, that I am talking about. Flexibility to address a crisis, complete a large project or serve a community or world need is often how we live to our life’s values. What I am addressing is when the “miss” becomes then a choice to no longer try to find the time for our own playful healthy activities. It is when the activities that support your health and happiness disappear from the calendar.

Well it is time to put them back in place.

I encourage all of us through our own playful engagement to create our path to joyful productive living. I encourage us all to cherish and protect the activities that raise our spirits and our energy. Find our joy and practice its engagement through our

  • Play
  • Creative Endeavors
  • Spirituality
  • And time with close friends and family.

When we give ourselves the opportunity to feel our heart, we come to our endeavors a whole person; with no hole of disappoint, or missed desire. We are happy and energized to serve. If not for ourselves, do it for the ones we love.

  • Who are they?
  • Why do they love us?
  • How happy would they be by our happiness?
  • Who would delight in our delight?

Think of them and get encouragement to give the gift of self care and bring a joyful spirit to the world.

Balance will remain a constant challenge and it takes active participation to get the most out of life. So after consideration and analysis it is time to return to our instinct to be happy. Let the joy and happy happen. Trust it, feel it, use it.

“Ride the Glide”

Striking and finding that balance, the “glide” in life is about being motivated, focused, and joyful with your time.

And taking care of yourself may just give you more time!!

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