coach, I have a headache..."
the call continues, "I don't feel like talking today. Can
all had moments when we feel we're just to tired to work on that
article or resume or special report.
And sometimes a client feels too tired to call a coach -- which
means that's the best time to call. Getting derailed and losing
momentum can make you even more tired next time.
does being tired mean?
you're, well, tired!
If your day included a five-mile run followed by a weight-lifting
session, and you've pushed yourself beyond your usual limits,
you may be an excellent candidate for a cold drink and a nap.
Not enough sleep these days?
Any change in sleeping habits should be taken seriously. Depending
on the cause, you may need to chat with a therapist (if you're
grieving or anxious), a coach (if you have time management challenges)
or a wellness professional (for diet and exercise tips).
After finishing a big project, many people need time to de-compress
and get back into their rhythm. That's why I always urge my clients
to reward themselves after completing milestones as well as the
and let-down when a big effort doesn't pay off?
Let's say you apply for a job, and "wow" the interviewers.
You're thrilled -- until you learn the job will be filled internally
or not at all. Calling your coach or friend can give you an energy
for a break?
If you've been working on a project for a long time, or keeping
long hours at work, your brain may indeed feel like it's turning
to mush. Stop! Do something fun. Recharge your batteries. You'll
be more efficient when you return to your desk.
really don't want to do this, do you?
That's what "being tired" often means.
you have teenaged children, you know the syndrome. They're too
tired to take out the garbage or make their beds -- but mention
a social event and they're racing out the door!
up your own motivation with action.
Dig in and complete a tiny piece of the project. Often this step
will recharge your energy, the way driving a car will recharge
You've been spinning your wheels and getting nowhere. Time to
get out of that chair and get moving! Get a fresh perspective,
or, as psychologists say, reframe the problem.
momentum can be costly.
You think, "Oh no! I've lost a week." Now the project
seems larger: you've lost TWO weeksand then three.
Ask anyone who's tried to write a book, finish a project or get
started on a career change.
Being tired often signals a need for reinforcement -- a coach,
colleague, mentor or other resource -- and some form of change
in your time and life.
You could even say that being tired is a wake-up call.
Don't ignore it.
Cathy Goodwin, Ph.D.
Author, Career Consultant, Speaker
*Fast Track to Career Freedom*