Monday, July 11, 2011

Does Your Pace Fit Your Purpose? (Read Time: 2 min.)

The pace you choose determines the success you experience. Far too often, our pace is either too fast or too slow. How do you determine the proper pacing of your daily, weekly, monthly and yearly agenda? Is your pace something that catapults your success or crushes it?

Here are a few tips to get your pace in line with your purpose:

  1. Throughout the day, do a 'rush' check. Ask yourself, "Am I putting whole mind into present action and focusing on doing my best work in this moment or am I rushing the process because I'm focused on what's coming next?' Rushing feels like pressure. Pacing feels like movement.

  2. Do things with efficiency in mind. Is what you're doing representative of great work or fast work? There's a difference between quantity and quality. When you focus on efficiency, you are focused on making EACH act a success. You're not in tomorrow's work because today's work has your full attention.

  3. Take a stress break. In the exact moment you begin to think thoughts like, "If this doesn't get done, everything's going to be a mess", challenge that thought by getting up, leaving the current situation, and taking a FIVE MINUTE break where you do absolutely NOTHING but relax, breathe, rejuvenate, and calm down. In those five minutes, slow down everything, including your breath, your step, the rate at which you speak, even your tone of voice. Take it from a raised or normal voice to a whisper. Allow your body and mind to slow down. After five minutes, go back to what you were working on and ask yourself, 'Did the world fall apart because I took those five minutes?' Chances are, it didn't.

At the end of the day, you have all the time you need to do all the things you need to accomplish. When God made time, He made enough of it. Time isn't the enemy but your approach can be. Choose your tactics wisely...

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