076 - Commitment Issues: 5 Risks And Signs Of Being Overcommitted

Season #3

If you're new to this podcast, you might not know that I love pop culture. One of my favorite pop culture treats is a good 30-minute situational comedy...or as the entertainment insiders call it...a sitcom. LOL

Did you ever watch 30 Rock? It ran from 2006 to 2013 on NBC and starred Tina Fey as Liz Lemon –one of my all-time favorite sitcom leads. Liz Lemon's love of her work is what I admire most about her. It's evident that she's passionate about what she does...to the point where she is committed to her career despite all the bullshit that she has to put up with.

I think it’s fair to say that one way you could describe Liz Lemon, especially at the beginning of the series, is “overcommitted.” She takes on too much and just takes things as they come. When everyone needs something, she's the one they turn to and she's so creative she can't help but try to do it all.

Does this sound like you at all?

Well, in this episode, I talk about what being overcommitted might look like, the risks it involves and what you can do to change things, all through the lens of Liz Lemon and her commitment or over-commitment issues.

It may not always feel like it, but, as Liz discovers, you actually have a choice and you get to decide what your life looks like. You may not be able to choose all of the stuff that comes your way, but you do get to choose how you react to all of it.

But where do you start?

  • You start by getting clear on the reality of where you are right now.
  • You take it one day at a time.
  • You start consciously responding to things instead of reacting to everything coming your way.
  • You look at the time you have and prioritize how you use it.

Your Weekly Shift is to get real about what's going on in your world by signing up for my free and fun Dare to Prioritize challenge. Starting May 22nd I'll be going live with my Dare to Prioritize peeps every day for a week to support them in taking the first steps to get off the overcommitted bus and shift to taking back control of their time.

Head on over to daretoprioritize.com to join us!

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**This podcast is lovingly created by yours truly, Elise Enriquez, and produced by Rachael Sanya.