It’s time to apply the brakes and do a bit of pondering, to reflect and review. To reflect means to stop and consider what’s going on in our lives right now. To review, in this context, means to decide whether the strategies we’ve put in place are working for us. This is especially important when you have to take some actions step-by-step.
What’s the point of the pause?
I find it oh so easy to leave this step out. Certain parts of our society are so driven by success and workaholism that it’s easy to move on to the next thing without examining whether you’re on the right path and without acknowledging your successes. Being grateful is known to improve our outlook on life, and that includes being grateful for yourself and the things you’re achieving. Pausing to reflect and review also helps you to reconnect with your ‘why’ and therefore should stop you from quitting.
How to do it
There are various ways to do this, from a wander on the beach, to an excel spreadsheet. Here’s what I suggest. You can spend a couple of hours on this, or half an hour a day over four days. Take one goal – one thing you want to achieve but haven’t yet. Break it down into small steps. Go through each aspect of your goal and decide if there are any tweaks you could make to overcome the challenges or to get a better outcome, then write it down. Don’t worry if you don’t have answers. This is about asking the questions. You could also share it with your partner or a close friend – because accountability is known to help.
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Enjoy the pause,
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