Capacity Matters ... A Lot
When things stop working the way the way you want them to, most people react by increasing the pressure they put on themselves, and others. They think, "if only I were more organized," "if only I had these skills," "if only I/they did this, then _________," etc. Yes, that might be true, but if you take action without considering what is going on in the background, you are likely to end up with more of the same. You might "only" be stuck in a limiting view about yourself, external conditions, or your circumstances.
Energy + Ability = Capacity
A shift away from the old Productivity paradigm to one that accounts for Capacity gives you access to a place in yourself that naturally increases your ability to weather difficult transitions, and to do great work in a way that is healthy and satisfying. Relaxed and aware, you more easily direct your time and energy towards the tasks that matter. And those that don't matter, or are not particularly satisfying or productive? They fall away...or you find someone else to take care of them.
When you are mindful of your true capacity at any given moment, you are likely to do less of
- what doesn’t matter
- what wastes your time
- what drains your energy and kills your soul
- what distracts your from your priorities
And likely to do more of
- what you really care about
- what makes a difference
- what expresses your purpose
- what is fun
- what brings about a sense of satisfaction
- and produces the results
The Cup, a Metaphor for Capacity (Cupacity!)
I love the cup as a metaphor for capacity. Any cup, no matter its size, has a natural limit when it comes to how much it can hold. What's more...
- The taller your stack of cups, the more liquid you fill them with, the more difficult it becomes to balance and carry them.
- You can get a bigger cup, but no matter how large it is, it too is limited in how much it can carry.
- On the other side of things, if there's not enough liquid in that cup, you're not going to be sufficiently "fueled" to be effective.
For some reason, we humans resent, reject this idea that we, too, have limits. There are limits to how much you can take in and how much you can put out. We want to be more, have more and do more. But if we could all do that, we'd also be a bit boring, we'd all be the same. Life isn't designed that way. Life is designed so that our "limitations" enable us to differentiate and to make our unique contribution to the tapestry of this multi-colored world we are a part of.
If you have a few minutes (4.5 to be exact) you might enjoy this short video where I talk about "Capacity and the Cup."