…se, appear that they don’t. This is a topic most of us wrestle with but few of us truly figure out: it’s okay to be honest with ourselves and others that each of us is a work-in-progress. By acknowledging this truth, we take the first step to living healthier, more sustainable lives be…
…to acknowledge our personal points of diminishing returns and step away to recharge when necessary. We show up as our best selves and accomplish significantly more when we are mentally, physically, and emotionally nourished. It’s time to change the conversation around unsustainable work habits and startup culture to get to a place of true wellness and success. This may possibly be the most important thing I do in this role.
Imagine if we could put a numeric value on how much “emotional capital” we have in the bank. The amount of stamina, the amount of positivity, the amount of physical wellness we have left. Startup Founders don’t just run out of financial capital — we run out of emotional capital.
u…th what I have right now?” This question re-focuses my energy on what I am in control of right now. Instead of idling in indecision and mulling over every possible path and course of action, the question “What’s the most I can do with what I have right now?” forces your hand. You must deal with the cards in front of you. And once you do, you’ll clear a path to move forward within the constraints you have. Now you can focus on what you can control.
Step 0: Set the intention to examine your emotions. Set the foundation to become more self-aware well before you arrive at key decision points. Self-awareness is a neurological muscle to be worked out regularly. Here is a short, self-awareness habit builder adapted from Power of Habits (Duhigg).