David’s chaotic life felt like the nose hairs freezing on an unbearable cold day. Every breath only made it feel worse. Anything made David snap, get angry, and take it out on others.  His project team kept missing deadlines so they were fearful to ask him questions. His wife who also worked long hours was no longer affectionate with him.  He yelled at his kids for not keeping their toys cleaned up.

David, in a small voice in his head, ”this has got to stop. I’m no longer myself.” He looked at himself in the hallway mirror.  He said out loud., “The only person that can transform this is me.”

After a deep breath and sigh, David pulled out his steno meeting pad and started writing feverishly.

Here’s what I will no longer tolerate:

  • A lack of energy
  • A lack of affection
  • A messy household
  • A team that misses deadlines

Then, David wrote: Here’s how I will counter each:

  • I will go for a daily walk at lunch to re-energize and let off steam.
  • I will schedule a date night with my wife every Thursday night.
  • My wife and I will set new rules for the kids.
  • I will be open to support my team so they can hit their deadlines.

He posted this on his bathroom mirror so he could be reminded of it daily.

The more you love yourself, the less nonsense you will tolerate. What will you stop tolerating?

Be the role model for the behavior you want exhibited around you.

Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day!

Lora Polowczuk

Chief Energy Officer

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