Implement these 3 conscious parenting principles to stand out at work.Jul 21, 2021
It’s no secret that 2021 means life, work and home are all wrapped into one these days. Many of us live, eat and breathe the balancing act that is working from home and managing a family. And even IF our work takes us outside of the home, it’s not exactly a walk in the park to have to start the second shift once we return for the evening.
So how can we make this work? How can we survive and thrive after what has been a situation of uncertainty, fear and pure discomfort at times?
I think the answer (always) lies within. Like any spiritual quest, we must pause and look inside our hearts for the wisdom that pertains most specifically to us. AKA f*ck what everyone else says and just do you, boo. (because sometimes saying f*ck it IS the most spiritual thing you can do).
So let’s do that. Let’s look within, and let’s get honest. Do you see any of the same issues popping up within your experiences at work AND home? Because I am a firm believer that the problems we have with others, or our interpretation of the events that happen for us (not to us) … are all a reflection of what we need to address within ourselves.
If you’re not familiar with conscious parenting, that is basically the gist of it: that the child is here to teach us more so about ourselves than anything else. That so much of the “work” involved in being a conscious parent is to get curious about your own reactions and responses. And that accepting what is (the “as is”), is what’s ultimately going to offer the biggest chance of freedom.
But what’s the link between parenting and business, you ask? Leadership, of course! As leaders of the next generation, it’s a pretty serious task. Just like leading others in the workplace, or even being a role model to your peers and community.
I want to introduce you to the three major ways that becoming a more conscious parent will have a positive impact on your business, the experiences you have with those you work with, and ultimately your satisfaction at the end of the day:
- Self-Awareness: Look, you gotta wake up to be woke. Pick your modality: journaling, meditation, therapy, coaching, reflecting via a long walk or gazing upon a body of water as you contemplate life – all work as long as they get to the essence of who you are. By addressing your limiting beliefs, internalized traumas and even the shoulds and expectations you place on yourself … you can better understand what you are and aren’t willing to pass down onto your kids. How might this affect your business? Well, self-awareness is the key to managing most conflict with others – to know how you might be showing up and contributing to the dynamic. I’ve seen this a million times throughout my corporate career and as I witness other mothers who I truly admire: A self-aware leader is one of the most powerful of all.
- Non-Judgement: I mentioned the words “as-is” above – this is practicing non-judgement in it’s finest form. When we accept things as they are, in the present moment, there is no judgement over them being right or wrong, good or bad. They just ARE. So we don’t freak out as much about the traffic pileup, because it is what it is in that moment. Or we don’t assume our child’s behaviour what they’ll be like for the rest of eternity – it just is what it is in that moment. Would this not be so powerful to take on at work too? Think of this the next time you experience “failure” or when you’re impacted by another’s actions that you cannot control. The analyst didn’t get the report to you on time? Does judging the reasons for it in the moment really matter? Maybe it’s something you’ll need to return to once the storm has passed. But in the crucial moment, judgement isn’t going to be what saves you. Nope, forward-thinking and action planning in light of the disruption is more appropriate.
- Intentional Routines & Rituals: I’m a big proponent of modelling and involving children in self-care and holistic practices. As a parent, when you’re grounded, you’re present. Your staff and/or peers are no different. You can model what self-care and energetic management looks like to those around you: not working when sick. Taking the occasional mental health day to accelerate future productivity. Taking care of body, mind and soul in order to bring your best self to work and life. The list goes on and it’s all good for business.
Are you looking for ways to bring your inner work out of your heart and into your actions – whether in parenting, business or your own personal fulfillment? Book a call with me to discuss how I can help you with exactly that. You can also check out my Time Freedom Toolkit and start putting systems in place that allow you more time to be present with what and whom you love the most.
Melissa Giller BA | MBA | CLC/CSC
Life With Soul | Personal Development Coaching
Visit me: www.melissagiller.com
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