It’s the time of year that we all take vacations – one of the questions we always ask the hotel, “What is check-in time”? Well, if your asking me, I will tell you check-in time is all the time. When was the last time you checked in with yourself? With your spouse or your partner? With your kids?
“Checking in” is critical. This is a window to self-awareness. This is an invitation for growth and exploration rather than criticism.
I ask all my clients to “check-in” – if you’re a parent, ask your children, “How am I doing as a parent?” or “How would you describe me?” If you’re a partner, ask your partner, “How am I doing as your partner?”
I encourage everyone to take time each day to check in with yourself- whether it is through meditation, sitting in a quiet place, listening to music, exercising, through spirituality or religion – take the time for yourself whether it is five minutes or an hour to be present and in the moment. Walk away from the phones, tvs, magazines, etc and simply ask yourself these questions:
- Am I being the best I can be for myself?
- Am I being the best I can be for others?
- What could I do better?
- What have I done well?
- What areas am I willing to change?
If you’re reading this, I challenge you to try this for one week. Be present. Be checked-in.