As a busy leader at your child care center it is often easy to overlook and neglect something very important – yourself! In his famous book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey writes about a concept called “sharpening the saw”. The idea relates to preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have – you! This means living a balanced life with a strategic program for self- renewal in four key areas of your life – physical, social/emotional, spiritual, and mental. It’s so important to keep yourself “sharpened” in these four areas so you can be better equipped for success in your life.
I probably don’t have to tell you that many directors, teachers, and child care center owners put themselves last in terms of physical health. Think about this as you move forward for the rest of the year. What can you prioritize to invest more in your health; can you exercise more, eat better, and get the rest you need? Since you really are your biggest asset, you need to keep yourself physically healthy so you can use all these success strategies you’re learning!

The social/emotional aspect relates to strategies to make time and space for creating meaningful connections to others. Some ideas to sharpen this part of your life could be joining different social groups and community groups, as well as setting aside time to spend with your family.

Growing your spiritual side could mean meditation, yoga, music, art, prayer, service, or just spending time in nature. Whatever you feel will build on your spiritual life is an investment in yourself that will help you grow as a person and allow you to feel renewed when getting back to the day-to-day at your business.

Giving attention to your mental life includes learning, writing, reading, and teaching, along with using a coach, mentor, or groups. Watching these success videos and reading these articles is a great way to invest in your mental life – keep at it! Some things I do in my own life include reading books, using coaches and programs, and always being a part of a mastermind group. Mastermind groups allow me to spend time with others that might be ahead of where I am and have allowed me to learn incredibly valuable ideas that I can apply to my own business and life.

I know this is a little bit of a different topic than you may be used to in my articles, but it’s so important to take care of yourself and I want to be able to help. I know lots of you are completely overwhelmed with back to school craziness so I just want to make sure you take the time to invest in your most valuable resource – you!