“I never have any time.”
“My life is so full now.”
“I’m just so busy all the time.”
Do any of these statements ring true?
In our fast-paced culture, we barely have time to catch our breath before we transition to the next thing.
Our load often outweighs our human limits.
Last month, we dove deep into unpacking what gets in our way as we explored and practiced sufficiency. Now, we’re turning the corner and focusing on the intention of integrity!
We typically think of having integrity in terms of standing up for what we know is true and right. Basically, walking your talk and not being a hypocrite. When we say an object has integrity, we’re referring to its overall strength and durability – it’s made to last!
In engineering, there is a foundational concept called “structural integrity” that determines the ability of a structure to support a designed load without breaking. When trying to determine the specific structural integrity of an existing building or new project, engineers must examine certain elements and study past structural failures. Then they decide how much can that one structure can really support safely.
How often do we apply the same principles to our lives?
And once you recognize your current load and corresponding limit, how honest are you about what you’re able to hold and complete?
Let’s look at two related concepts to figure out how to live and lead with greater integrity.
Through my work as a Leadership Coach and Lifestyle Strategist as well as a Mompreneur running two businesses, I know how precious time, space, energy, and rest truly are. Those who possess and practice high level of integrity know what they can handle and don’t overcommit beyond their capacity. They maintain their margin and have high levels of emotional endurance.
Just like we need blank space to rest our eyes as we’re reading a book, our lives need breathing room and margin. Often, we only notice that we are emotionally depleted once we feel too drained to do anything about it.
While this is a sad reality, it’s also one that is easily fixable with a little intention and action. It starts with a deeper understanding of what emotional endurance is and how we can realign our lives so we feel renewed, rather than drained, as we live with greater integrity.
Emotional endurance is the dynamic capacity you develop to deal with life’s stresses and challenges with an attitude of possibility and resilience. ~Leslie Bosserman
Emotional Endurance Includes:
When you exercise integrity, your emotional endurance grows stronger. Now let’s determine your current margin so you can reclaim what your life needs most now.
Now it’s time to get interactive with this three-course menu for examining and enhancing your margin. Start by collecting these ingredients:
Now, reflect on the following questions:
Be the Revolution,
Leslie Bosserman, M.Ed., CPCC
Executive Coach + Lifestyle Strategist for Millennial Leaders + Managers
Originally published at leadwithintention.com on April 1, 2018.
Leslie M. Bosserman, M.Ed., CPCC, is an Executive Coach + Lifestyle Strategist designing customized leadership solutions for Millennial Leaders and their Managers. With a background in strengths-based leadership development and applied positive psychology, she runs a multi-disciplinary practice called Lead With Intention where she coaches, trains, and consults with clients around the world.
Leslie works with a variety of clients ranging from top executives at worldwide corporations to creative entrepreneurs and non-profit teams. She is an avid artist who also enjoys traveling, karaoke, cooking ethnic food, writing in local coffee shops, and practicing yoga.She also recently launched The Makers Place™ — Sacramento’s first professional coworking space with onsite childcare!
Leslie lives in Northern California and travels internationally for coaching, organizational trainings, and retreat facilitation. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Medium or send her an email at [email protected] to learn how to partner together.