Leadership Lesson #16: Wow Week

The simplest definition of leadership is influencing others to do something while working towards a common goal or agenda. In 2022, I’m focusing on becoming a better leader in all areas of my life. As I grow, I’m sharing lessons and stories along the way. Thanks for tuning in and I hope something I share resonates with you in your leadership (influence) journey. 

Sometimes you have what I call a “wow week”. It’s a week characterized by unexpected twists and turns which can cause stress, anxiety and emotional turmoil. You may find yourself sleeping less, experiencing tightness in your neck or back, feelings of not wanting to get into the normal routine or being snappy with friends and family. We hope these weeks don’t happen often but it’s wise to be prepared when these weeks come. 

Learning to manage emotions and the roller coaster ride they can bring is beneficial. There’s no one way that works for everyone in managing emotions. Finding out what works best for you is key. Maybe it involves stepping away from the situation, reading a book, getting a massage or having coffee with a good friend. 

“Wow weeks” if not handled appropriately can wreck your week. Consider thinking about the big picture. How important is this situation? How will I feel about this current situation in a week, a month or in 5 years? Is it a distraction vying for my attention to keep me from pursuing my purpose? What is lying beneath the surface of this situation? 

Think about a time when you had a “wow week”. How did you react? Did your reaction allow you to get through the situation quickly or did it cause more stress and anxiety? What are some self care tips that will help during these weeks? Are there any boundaries you could benefit from setting?

~Coletta Jones Patterson

Coletta is an author, speaker, life coach and business executive who is passionate about helping others get unstuck. She hosts a beyond stuck podcast and has written seven inspirational books. Connect with Coletta at info@moveu4ward.com. 

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