Are You Waiting For a Crisis Before You Take Action?
So many people spend years complaining about their job, then one day they are made redundant and suddenly they find themselves with an opportunity to turn their dreams into a reality.
I hear of people wanting time off – then they get ill and get the time off – albeit not quite as they would like.
I believe our body and mind gives us lots of warning signs and hints and yet too much of the time we ignore them.
Learning to slow your thinking down and really listen you can and will gain clarity and confidence to create the change you want in your life.
The importance of taking time out.
The top sports people know it and yet many don’t you feel okay about taking a break?
When you take time out it gives you the opportunity to gather your thoughts, your emotions, your ideas and make sense of what has happened or is happening.
This can prevent overwhelm.
Have you noticed how heavy your thoughts become when they are stuck in your head going around and around? Or how your energy and productivity are impacted when you cannot gain clarity of your thoughts.
Perhaps when your emotions are locked inside going around and around you might find a massive weight on our shoulders or a tangled mess in your stomach.
In the age of information it is so easy to become consumed with so many possibilities and choices. Without time to process it is often difficult to make a decision and act.
Take a moment now and stop…take a deep breath. Get your body comfortable. Check in if you are in the right space, at the right height and facing in the right direction.
What is happening now?
What is working for you right now?
What would you like to have happen?
Notice any resistance you have to the thought of stopping.
Notice where your attention is? What is happening to your body?
It might be that it really is not the right time right now to think about this, consider when will you come back to this activity? Notice how many times you have put off this thinking and how long you have been in overwhelm?
Is this a thought you keep hoping will go away and sort itself out?
What would you like to have happen?
I recommend that you schedule regular time in your diary to stop, reflect, celebrate and plan.
I believe it doesn’t matter how often you stop, just that you let your brain know ‘when’ you will stop next.
I don’t know the science behind why it works only that it does for me and many of my clients.
Clients have said “When they have a session booked in advance they notice when they have problems they don’t spend much time worrying about it because they know they have time in their diary to think about it during their next session.”
Next time you have a problem that you cannot resolve that takes up a lot of your thinking, try creating an appointment with yourself and agreeing when you will think about it and notice what happens.
So why is it that you don’t stop even with regular persistent warnings?
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Sheryl Andrews, Founder of Step by Step Listening, is well known for her fast speaking and her passion to make things happen. But what many of you may not know is that in private behind closed doors she was also no stranger to lapses in self belief and an overwhelming sense of not being good enough.
That was until she learned the importance of being heard and asking for support. In her book she describes the step by step journey she took to learn how to manage her critic turning her overwhelm into clarity in 7 steps.
Sheryl now runs retreats that encourage you to really listen to what you need to work, learn and live at your best with others and the confidence to ask for those needs to be met.
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