Yet I can't help thinking that I'm only human. In reality, I'm juggling far too much on my plate. The truth is that we can't give 100% to every area of our lives. When we spread ourselves this thin something will suffer. Our health. Our sanity. Our family. Our businesses. Our confidence. Today, I decided that I'm done trying to be Wonder Woman!
Let's be honest, we may secretly want to be Wonder Woman. There's something so appealing about being that perfect gal who has it altogether and others look up to us with such admiration. But in the meanwhile, we are running ourselves ragged. We struggle with sleep deprivation. We have dark circles under our eyes in which we've mastered how to conceal just enough makeup to hide how exhausted we really are.
Our home isn't as spotless as we would like. Our marriage is suffering the long-term consequences of poor communication. What ever happened to romance, beautiful roses, or sitting by the fireplace and holding hands? That's right, it abruptly came to a screeching halt the moment we gave birth. Not that we don't love being a parent or love our precious children because they truly complete us and make us whole. We would kill like a mama bear in effort to protect our little cubs!
Now that we are on the topic of children, can we be transparent? Our kids have gone wild and we can't control them no matter how hard we try. It does not matter what age they are; they have brilliant minds of their own and they want to pave their independence from day one. Add the strong willed child and suddenly we discover how great they are at negotiation. On the bright side, they could become successful attorneys or entrepreneurs when they grow up!
Of course, when we try to become Wonder Woman it may take a beating on our bodies and minds. Our health could be better if only we had a spare moment to catch our breath. Or get a good night rest. Or go to the gym as we had planned. Or take time to refresh and renew our minds.
In the quest to become Wonder Woman, our faith may not grow. If we can't fit into our schedule quiet time with God, how can we expect to live our passionate purpose for Him? It takes real moments such as this when we discover God is calling us to simplify our lives. To weed out all of the distractions, noises, and things in our world that are screaming for our utmost attention.
Here are 10 steps that we may practice in effort to give up the Wonder Woman Syndrome:
1) To start each morning in prayer and thankfulness.
2) To eat healthier meals that will enhance our overall wellness.
3) To learn to say, "No" and not feel guilty about it.
4) To build stronger relationships with those dear to us.
5) To schedule physical activity in order to rev up the "feel good" endorphins.
6) To not get so caught up in social media that we miss "real" life.
7) To recharge our batteries by practicing self-care.
8) To prioritize what truly matters and eliminate what needs to go.
9) To surrender our heavy burdens and what we can't control to God.
10) To love, accept, and honor ourselves for our weaknesses and strengths.