How does s/he do it? I have heard that so often about people who seem to be doing it “all.” At least to us mere mortals, often what we see others achieving seems impossible.

It’s been interesting that recently I’ve heard people say this to me, “Wow, that’s a lot! I don’t know how you do it.” I find the question embarrassing because I’ve never thought of myself as that person.

But then I realized, we are ALL that person! We are all doing extraordinary things in a complicated and demanding world. None of us is “calling it in,” and just sitting back and relaxing. At least not in my world.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve found myself exhausted and overwhelmed. With the start of the new semester at the university I’m back to teaching, supporting students, evening meetings, etc.. Then there’s my business, my family commitments, running a household…You know what I’m talking about.

There have been more than a few days when I’ve asked myself, “How am I doing this?” It’s actually a great question. And the answer – which may be different for each of us – is important, because it’s a great reminder and can help cure that “underwater” feeling that often accompanies this time of year. My answer?

One foot in front of the other.

Here’s the thing: Rarely, if ever, is something truly, truly urgent. By looking at what needs to get done as simply continuing to move forward, I can take the pressure off. So can you. You know how else I do it?

Accept help when it’s offered. Ask when it’s not. 

Take care of yourself first – whatever that means to you.

Attend to what’s important, which is not always the thing screaming at you the loudest.

Remember you are not alone.

September can be a b*tch. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Just remember, one foot in front of the other. You’ve got this!


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