Do You Need To Fill Your Bucket?

fill your bucketBe honest.  Have you been feeling a little low?  

You’re not the only one.  A lot of people I’ve talked to lately tell me that this fall has been especially hectic for them.  And I can’t argue.  Normally I use my evenings as a time to recharge, be with my kids, and simply b-r-e-a-t-h-e.  But this fall, our weeknights have been all booked up: hockey practice, Brownie meetings, guitar lessons, drama club… you name it!

Good news: my kids are getting tons of enrichment.

Bad news: I’m not.

This fall I’ve already missed half of my beloved meditation classes due to conflicting obligations (I rely on these classes to help me shed stress and stay fresh).  I’ve let my own fitness priorities fall (unless you count lifting the remote).  And that exciting conference I was going to attend?  I put it off in favor of buying a new desktop (Goodbye PC; Hello Mac).

It’s really not surprising then, that I feel like I’ve lost my fizz…  like a can of Pepsi that’s been left out too long.

Each human being can be thought of as a container of physical and emotional energy.  Our bucket needs to be filled regularly with love, rest and attention to offset the drains of daily life.  If levels get too low in your bucket, you’ll start to feel overdrawn; frustrations rise and you have little to give to others.

We all need to fill our bucket from time to time.

You can find new inspiration, ideas & energy from a variety of sources:

  • Mental & intellectual enrichment: new training or certification, networking activities, reading, documentaries, TED talks, etc.
  • Physical enrichment: vacation, exercise, adventure, or even a new routine!
  • Emotional enrichment: meditation, volunteering, time with friends & loved ones.

Taking the time to refill your bucket sparks new ideas, provides new perspectives, and enlivens our approach to our daily tasks and life in general.

So how I am going to refill my bucket? For starters, I’m going to get back on track with my workouts.  Then, I’m going to secure a sitter so I don’t miss any more meditation classes.

How about you? If you are feeling like your bucket is running a little low, I encourage you to make a list of activities that enliven and refresh you. Then commit to doing one of those items today. It doesn’t have to take a lot of time but I guarantee you’ll feel better for it.

Heather Petherick is a master success coach for high potential business leaders, having established her private coaching practice in 2007. Since then, she’s coached hundreds of emerging leaders and entrepreneurs from around the globe to overcome the mindset traps that keep them playing small so that they can realize their potential and create the impact they’re meant for. Her areas of speciality are: • Mindset • Confidence • Communication • Speed of Implementation Her clients include corporate rising stars at WestJet, Agrium, Suncor Energy, Manulife Bank, TD, Royal Bank of Canada, KMPG and PepsiCo International as well as big-thinking entrepreneurs from around the world. She has been featured as a career and success expert with Women Engineering The Future, The Royal Bank of Canada, Canadian Living Magazine and Chatelaine magazine. Heather’s journey from growing up on a humble sheep farm on the prairies of western Canada to building a global coaching business have lent to her signature coaching style that combines both wit and humility, style and business savvy. She holds a Master’s degree in Management and lives in Lethbridge, Alberta with her husband and two children.

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