My body was telling me to take a step back and reevaluate.
Five years ago I had pneumonia and I couldn’t really do anything other than prop myself up on the couch and breathe...
...breathe and think about how I ended up in this mess.
I’d run myself into the ground. My schedule was full-to-overflowing. My life was packed and stretched to the edges. I had no margin for error, no space to breathe, no time to connect to who and what mattered to me.
What was I really chasing? Why had I packed my life so full? What was really driving me to try to be all the things to all the people?
The trauma of betrayal, abuse, shame, and the constant search to prove myself worthy–it was humbling and frustrating to see these recurring struggles and how they were hijacking my drive.
I needed to do more work to lift those burdens, so I could move forward in a way where my drive was aligned to what matters most to me instead of taking me further away.
In the last episode, Jonathan...
Leaders often struggle to make time for healing until their body sends out an SOS.
They postpone and avoid the need for deeper healing and then get slammed by illness, exhaustion, or burnout.
And at the heart it? There is usually the burden of unaddressed trauma.
Insomnia, chronic pain, hair and skin issues, digestive distress, mood swings, and illness after illness–if you’re experiencing these symptoms without relief, you might be one of these leaders. The cost of avoiding or bypassing the deep work and healing ends up costing you time, opportunity, and your physical and emotional well-being.
We need more leaders to show up and model what it means to prioritize healing by doing the deeper work to change.
That's why I'm excited to share today’s conversation with Jonathan Merrit.
Jonathan knows a thing or two about the deep work of healing because he has lived this truth in action.
He is a model of tenacity and commitment toward the long-game work...
I remember reading through this book underlining paragraphs and writing personal thoughts in the margins all the while talking about with everyone I knew.
Parts of me led life through the lens of perfection believing this was the best way to live and do life. As destructive as all or nothing thinking is – it also provides a container of control and purpose to protect – giving the illusion this approach to life is sustainable. Until it isn’t.
I now know perfection is a fierce protector. Hustle. Numb out. Focus on the results. Or do not try at all. Perfection thinks it is the ultimate safety armor. And yet it also ends up wreaking havoc on faith, health, confidence, courage and creativity because the anxiety of perfection fuels both overfunctioning and under...