Elevate Summit 2020 – Lauren Schwab

Jul 1, 2020

A few weeks ago, my team at Elevate had the amazing opportunity to host a summit that featured some fantastic speakers discussing some incredibly relevant topics. 

Mindset was a central theme of our first session and one of our speakers, Lauren Schwab, gave some great advice around this topic as it relates to our personal and professional journeys. 

For Lauren, success starts with a healthy morning routine. She argues that before we plug back into the chaos, we have to plug into ourselves

Think about it, how often do you get overwhelmed when you wake up and immediately begin checking your email or scrolling through social media? Whether you’ve realized it or not, this habit can quickly become a part of your morning routine, sending your day from zero to one hundred before you even get out of bed. 

I love the sentiment that we serve out of the overflow of what is inside of us. This was one of the messages expressed in Lauren’s Summit presentation and really just reminded me of the importance of setting ourselves up for success. If we are burnt out and tired, we won’t have anything left to give to the people around us. So for the sake of our own personal wellbeing and the wellbeing of those we interact with, we have to fill ourselves up before we start our day. 

Lauren broke this process down into nine steps, an acronym for the word “unplugged”. While I won’t go into all of the steps in the process now, here are just a few that really resonated with me. 

The concept of nourishing your mind and relationships is something that has always meant a lot to me. But far too often, this idea takes a backseat to the other responsibilities vying for our attention. Lauren argues that we should make these things a priority before we even begin our day. 

She is also a big proponent of gratitude. I would venture a guess that we all have far more to be thankful for than we acknowledge on a daily basis. Whenever you feel off or overwhelmed, I would encourage you to stop and consider all of the things you have to be grateful for in your life. It will probably be too many to write in one sitting. 

Overall, I think it’s important to consider the question: Before you plug back into the world around you, how can you unplug and set yourself up for success? Once you figure out how to do that and incorporate it into your daily routine, you’ll be much better equipped to tackle the day and to serve out of overflow rather than depleted resources.


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