Find the Pause Button

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Am I the only one who feels like the energy and atmosphere surrounding all of us is heavy and urgent right now? At first I personally thought it was a reflection of the holidays, my family obligations, and all the to-do’s attached to the launch of my new program. But lately I’ve recognized that while all of those things bring a certain weight and urgency, this challenging energy goes deeper than that.

I’m not one for dramatics or hysterics. I frown on drama for drama’s sake. But I feel like the world is screaming out right now — for something — but it’s unclear exactly what’s expected.  There’s lots of Help! SOS! Pay Attention!  And so because it feels different than usual, I’ve been doing my best to listen to all of it.

In the last month, I have seen so many calls to action at the local, national and global level that, quite frankly I’m struggling to keep them all straight.  The noise and hysteria of it all is blocking my rational thoughts.

I’m very aware now that I do need to act, but I’m taking an opportunity to be mindful about my actions and response. I want to choose where I give my energy and focus carefully, because I want to make a genuine difference. Plus, I’d still like to remain calm and in control of all areas of my life.

So rather than deliver a knee-jerk response, I’ve taken time to contemplate what is going on, how its impacting me and our society, and realistically assessing what I can offer that will help to alleviate some of the heaviness and urgency and ultimately, affect positive change.

I’ve turned off some of the background noise – notifications, emails, alerts — all the things vying for my attention. This isn’t because I plan to ignore them forever, or because I want to stay blissfully unaware until it all goes back to “normal.” It’s because I needed time and space to decide what I think and how I feel.

So often I see others fall into the trap of acting before thinking because they feel uncomfortable with heaviness and urgency, and they look for the quickest possible way to remove the discomfort. Action can be like a bandaid for discomfort.  I fall into the trap of acting too quickly, and without forethought sometimes, too.

But this time the urgency required me to sit with the discomfort and tune into myself so I could determine how I can best participate in a way that stays true to my core values and my personal goals for this coming year.  I am a strategic thinker and I help others create massive positive change, too, both in their personal lives and in their communities.

That’s why I knew that I had to deliver in a big way with Relaunch. Now more than ever, people need to approach an increasingly uncertain 2017 with clarity, knowing exactly how they’re going to live, participate, and affect change in their world.

Beginning on January 3rd, I’ll lead a community of Revolutionary Goal Setters to recognize patterns and notice when the light bulb goes off for them as they review their lives. I’ll assist them in creating a plan of action for next year so they can address the heaviness and urgency in their lives and throughout the world. And I’ll be creating my own plan right along with them.

Maybe you need to give this gift to yourself, too? Hit the pause button, regroup, get specific about your goals, and then go out and truly make an impact next year?  That’s how you become a Revolutionary Goal Setter. I would love for you to join this virtual goal setting revolution. Get all the details here: relaunchyouryear.com.