Every day is a chance to #BeMore. Not do more. Not work more. Instead, we encourage one another to be the best we can be and enjoy life to the fullest. Two of Green Hasson Janks’ leaders share their personal stories below.

SAYING “NO” TO WHAT ISN’T A PRIORITY IS SAYING “YES” TO WHAT IS

By MARI-ANNE KEHLER

We’ve all heard the advice borrowed from flight attendants: “Put your own oxygen mask on first!” We cannot be of use to others, or ourselves, if we aren’t healthy enough to be effective. Self-care isn’t optional in the long run; it’s critical to real success. But putting that into action is difficult for those who are trying to have it all by doing it all.

I raised a son with a disability into adulthood and typically slept only four hours a night – for 20 years. I got very good at working hard, playing hard and juggling all the balls in the air. But after a health scare, I soon realized I wouldn’t be of much use to anyone for long if I didn’t slow down and put my own wellness first. Practicing self-care is the best preventative medicine there is. I discovered a few secrets I’ll pass on which are universal truths for all, especially fellow ball-jugglers:

  • Self-care is not selfish; it is the most responsible thing you can do.
  • Treat yourself the way you would a dear friend, with gentle compassion and care.
  • Saying “no” to what isn’t a priority is saying “yes” to what is.
  • Set clear boundaries for yourself, and stick to them.
  • Set realistic goals for yourself and schedule them.

And my favorite truth is from the great writer, Anne Lamott:

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes. Including you.

SPONSORSHIP AND PAYING IT FORWARD

By ANITA WU

In a client service profession, our clients are our primary focus, and yet it is just as crucial that we anticipate the needs and exceed the expectations of the people within our organization as when we present ourselves to the outside world. Looking back at the early stage of my career, two particular situations were instrumental in accelerating my development:

Opportunity – I regularly attended client and settlement meetings. So much of what I know about my job was learned through observation. For the first couple of years, I was happy to play a non-speaking role. However with time, my thoughts started to align with the active dialogue, which built up my confidence and allowed me to find my voice in these meetings.

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