Have you ever felt like you were racing around in circles without making much forward progress? I know I have, many times. Just recently I got caught up in thinking about things I perceived I failed in the past and wondering what my actions moving forward would help me in the future. This type of thinking had me thinking I was stuck with no ending in sight more often than I wanted to admit, and eventually, I knew I needed to pause, reflect, and regroup my way of thinking. I needed to free myself! So this blog is about practicing the pause so read on and enjoy!
I came across a quote that was so relate able to me at this point in my life as I'm going through the growing pains in my business and it reads:
“Practice the pause.When in doubt, pause. When angry, pause. When tired, pause. When stressed, pause. And when you pause, pray.” - Unknown
Speaking for myself, I know that I don’t practice the pause enough. Too often I jump to conclusions without really sitting down and taking the time to think the situation through. I also talked myself out of things I wanted to accomplish before I even started them which led to a snowball effect of these worst case scenarios building up in my head, overloading me with analysis paralysis before I even started taking action.
Too often I used excuses to sell myself on why I didn't do something to justify reasons not to move forward- at least not yet. I used my words as weapons rather than my actions as healers because I didn't' practice the pause. Taking the opportunity to stop and really think about the situation and what actions I can take to bring results would help in every difficult situation or decision that I was in. I was stressed, and it wasn't until my doctor told me I had high blood pressure that I realized I wasn't taking care of the most important relationship in my life...
Don’t get me wrong, I’m an end result guy, but I am also easy to get into more planning and not taking action.
When we are in doubt about taking action, when we’re angry, tired, or stressed about the current situation, we are most susceptible to allowing negative things to make you spiral downward and it affects your health, your business, and eventually every aspect of your life. This is why it is important to practice the pause, and it is something that I am definitely going to work on. So here are three things I did to help get out of a rut cycle.
So whenever a situation arises, I plan on diving in head first and dealing with it when it first arises, and I encourage you to do so as well. Tackling it head on helps with your confidence and growth mentally.
What are some of the things you would do to practice the pause? Remember the pause is for YOU to take care of you, so what do you do to keep your focus on the big picture, whether you are in pursuit of a goal, or you've just had a learning experience? How do you keep the balance with the most important relationship you keep?
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Thank you for reading this and I hope my experiences move in the direction with strong commitment and focus. I look forward to connecting with you soon.
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