As someone with a calling to make the world a better place, one of your greatest risks for feeling overwhelmed is actually your calling itself! You can’t run and you can’t hide: chances are you are going to feel deeply called to serve others throughout the whole course of your life. This is why finding your personal “pace of grace” is vital to answering your call at the highest possible level over the course of your life.
So what exactly is this "pace of grace?"
Your “pace of grace” is the “just right” intensity of daily engagement in pursuit of your calling that brings the greatest cumulative impact and joy over the course of your life. Chances are this pace of grace will vary from one period of your life to the next.
In a world that is full of hurt and injustice, many change agents get overwhelmed by over-indexing on the problem and on their peers and underinvesting in the personal and the practical….
The video for this post walks through some key ideas for breakout out of the overwhelm cycle.
Your toolkit of go-to anti-overwhelm strategies with enough variety that at least one will always be an option, no matter what the situation. Building from what's already working for you when it comes to getting relief from that feeling of overwhelm is key. Check out the video for some ideas about what might make this list for you.
From social entrepreneurs to foundation staff, many of us trying to answer our call to make the world a better place feel pressure not just from ourselves but from others to do whatever it takes to deliver results. So what if this whole question of finding your own "pace of grace" feels like a distant dream given the organizational culture and/or the delivery demands you face on a daily basis?
There are no magic answers, but is it possible you have more options than just gritting it out or giving up? More on this in a future post....
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