The best way to keep going is to stop. Sounds counterintuitive right?
Stopping seems impossible. With deadlines, projects, swirling thoughts, to-do lists, a calendar filling up fast and that bright shiny thing (the one you like thinking about but never get to) jostling for attention perhaps you could take a pause?
The very thought might seem ridiculous or at least slightly insane.
Intuitively you know as mad as it sounds this may be exactly what you need. Maybe the best way to keep going is to stop.
Just a minute now offers the opportunity to press pause and reset. It could be the break or respite you need.
Earlier I’ve suggested a number of ways to pause..
- Close your eyes
- Take a deep breath
- Be grateful
- Use your imagination
- Create something new
- Find simple joys
- Share more
- Observe nature
- Appreciate beauty
- Make space
What works for you?
I ask because I’m genuinely interested. I’ve been collecting these pauses or Just a minute now ideas, for a while now. How to stop when stopping seems impossible?
I’ve pondered, collated, collected, practiced, polished, succeeded and failed (yes more than once) with many of them.
I see executives breathing deeply before delivering news, new mothers napping when the baby is sleeping and speakers meditating before their big presentation. Friends are saying they need to reconnect with something that gives them joy, clients are relaxing when they finally find clarity on what they need and all of us smiling when there is a break in our routine or schedule.
So now, I know the best way to keep going is to stop.
Let’s go (after this pause)
Just a minute now