I like Sigg bottles.
They’re not plastic. They don’t leech bad things into the water they contain. They come in pretty colors. I take one with me on every hike, to every work-out – and in my car on errands.
But one day, early this year, I was in my new offices preparing for a day of coaching, and I looked at that Sigg bottle on my desk. It didn’t feel right.
The word that came to mind was “Congruent.”
While the Sigg was congruent with my working out and my hiking, it wasn’t congruent with a successful entrepreneur who mentors other successful entrepreneurs. Instead, that Sigg bottle made it seem like a part of me was halfway out the office. Or worse, too rushed to give myself the gift of something more elegant.
That evening, I picked out a beautiful glass pitcher and a single clear glass. And now, each day, I begin the day with a full pitcher of water, accompanied by some sliced lemons. There’s even a beautiful stone tile on which the water pitcher sits.
It’s one tiny element. But it makes a huge difference. On full coaching days, I stay even more centered and focused on each client, partly because I have taken the time to give myself the elegance I needed while sitting at my desk.
This is not a lesson in getting your own glass pitcher of water. It’s a lesson in honoring yourself enough to look at even the smallest elements in your life to see whether they are congruent with who you are, and more importantly, who you are becoming. Your surroundings are like the soil in which the seed is planted. They can support your expansion, or keep you tied to old habits and patterns.
A few examples:
• If you’re a web designer or you sit at your desk all day long, do you have a high-quality chair that supports your back?
• Do you have the highest quality equipment/technology for the work you do so that you can give your energy to the work and not the glitches?
• Do you schedule hair, massage and health appointments for the whole year so that you aren’t forced to react and cram something into your schedule in a moment of panic?
• If you travel, do you have the best gear and luggage, along with pre-packed toiletries and cosmetic cases so you are not rushing the day before each trip? (I needed this one long ago!)
These are a few examples, but hopefully they will get you started as you find your own congruence in your life and your work to support you in living your best life and becoming the authentic success you were born to be!