3 Ways to Leverage the Power of the Pause

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GPS for the Soul – The Huffington Post
3 Ways to Leverage the Power of the Pause
I confess; I crowbar things.

If I find myself with 10 minutes free, I’ll crowbar in a phone call. If I see a blank spot on my calendar, I’ll crowbar in one more appointment.

People often ask me how I get so much done. The truthful answer is, sometimes very badly.

At times my crowbar time management ups my productivity, but at other times crowbarring in one more thing creates chaos.

Like this week, when I crowbarred in a phone call while packing and neglected to include my passport.

That seemingly small almost non-decision resulted in 12 hours of stressful chaos for myself, and others, included my husband who had to dash to the airport to overnight said passport to me on the West coast so that I could get into Canada the next day.

I’m not alone in my crowbarring. I see the same thing happening with my clients.

As the pace of life heats up, people find themselves checking email at stop lights, texting while talking to family members, and booking so many back-to-back appointments, there’s no time in between to think.

The best boss I’ve ever had once told me, “One of the biggest mistakes executives make is booking themselves so tightly that they don’t have time to do the creative strategic thinking that made them successful in the first place. “

More isn’t always better, it’s often worse.

Wellness and performance coach Richa Badami says that the secret is to “Pause for Power.”

Badami says, “Sometimes the simplest solutions are hidden in plain sight. Taking brief pauses throughout the day can be simple and effortless and still have a profound impact on your life and work. “

When you pause, you breathe, which makes you physically stronger, and you clear your mind, which enables you to think more strategically. Here are three ways to leverage the power of the pause:

1. Get off the phone
You’re barreling down the road at 65 miles an hour, strapped in steel, but this alone isn’t interesting enough, so you find yourself wondering who you can call.

Many of us are constantly reaching for the phone. But as my passport experience demonstrates, you can’t talk to someone about one thing and expect yourself to get something else done at the same time.

Avoid costly mistakes by putting down the phone and focusing on the task at hand.

2. Make transition time think time
Transition time helps you get centered and focused. As you’re walking to the elevator, heading to a meeting, or striding through the airport, instead of texting, or talking, think about where you’re going and what you want to happen when you get there.

Pausing for mental prep helps you harness your power for the upcoming moment rather than wasting it on distractions.

3. Build in white space
Things happen. Despite your best intentions, you’ll run into traffic, forget your passport, or miss a flight. If you’ve booked yourself back to back, one miss creates a cascade of chaos.

Building white space into your day enables you to respond to what’s happening, Badami, who works with CEOs, doctors and other leaders. says, “When you Pause for Power you check in and see if you are managing your stress or if your stress is managing you.”

So next time you’re tempted to crowbar in just one more thing, consider pausing, it might make the difference between power and chaos.

(c) Lisa Earle McLeod

Lisa Earle McLeod is a sales leadership consultant. Companies like Apple, Kimberly-Clark and Pfizer hire her to help them create passionate, purpose-driven sales forces.

She is the author of several books including Selling with Noble Purpose: How to Drive Revenue and Do Work That Makes You Proud, a Wiley publication. She has appeared on The Today Show, and has been featured in Forbes, Fortune and The Wall Street Journal. She provides executive coaching sessions, strategy workshops, and keynote speeches.

More info: www.McleodandMore.com
Lisa’s Blog – Life on Purpose

Armadillo Gathering Leaves To Michael’s Jackson’s ‘Billie Jean’ Is Way Funnier Than It Should Be
People always told me be careful of what you do
And don’t go around gathering young armadillos’ leaves
The armadillo came and stood right by me
Then the smell of sweet leaves
This happened much too soon
She called me to her room

Billie Jean is not my armadillo
She’s just a girl who claims that I am the one
But the armadillo is not my son
She says I am the one, but the armadillo is not my son

Yup.

Via Reddit

The Infinite Depths of Love
Love is one of the great mysteries of life. It is something everyone wants and aspires to. The first experience of love begins at birth. We then grow to love our family, grandchildren, partners, music, art, and the beauty of nature. Poets try to capture love in words. Musicians write heartfelt songs expressing the joys of love as well as its sorrows.

In his book Love and God, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi says that:

Life expresses itself through love…
Every wave of life is full with the ocean of love…
Such a life is worth living…
A loving heart, a heart full of love, is the precious essence of human life…
Love is the most precious gift of God to us.

But why is it that so many of us love today, fight tomorrow? Why do almost one in three marriages end up in divorce? Why can’t we sustain the tender impulses of love?

Maharishi explains that:

Those, who are restricted in their ability to love, those, whose love flows only in restricted channels of isolated objects or individuals, those who can only like this or that, those, who have no awareness of universal consciousness in their hearts, are like small ponds where the love can flow only as ripples and not as waves of the sea…

When a heart, shallow as a pond seeks to rise high in waves of love, it creates a muddle and brings out the mud that was so gracefully hidden underneath.

How do we get rid of the mud? Can we improve the depths and magnitude of our hearts? Maharishi explains that this is possible:

By probing deep into the purity of our being. By exploring the finer regions of the impulse of love that murmurs in the silent chamber of our heart. By diving deep into the stillness of the unbounded, unfathomable ocean of love present within our hearts. By a simple technique of self-exploration or by what is commonly known as the Transcendental Meditation technique…

It is easy for everyone of us to fathom the unfathomable magnitude of the ocean of love present within, and forever enjoy the fullness of life in the fullness of heart.

These profound words from Maharishi, contrasted against all the negativity we see in the world today, almost seem too good to be true. Perhaps we have been looking too much in the outward direction to find and culture the experience of love. Love rising from within is a state of being that is not dependent on anything or anyone on the outside for fulfillment. It simply is the reality of our Being. We just need to come in contact with this level of being for the inner ocean of love to begin to flow.

How does going inward get rid of the mud? We can equate mud with stress. We know that when we are tired or stressed it is easy to say things we don’t mean — we can lash out at our loved ones. This is “bringing out the mud gracefully hidden underneath.”

As our minds fathom quieter, more subtle levels of the thinking process through the practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique (TM), we start to experience the impulses of love that murmur in the silent chamber of our hearts. Since the mind and body are intimately connected, we gain a state of profound rest — much deeper than ordinary relaxation — when we transcend thought altogether. This deep, healing rest allows accumulated knots of emotional and physical stress to be released.

The over 360 peer-reviewed studies published on Transcendental Meditation have shown normalization of hormone levels and blood pressure, and measurable improvements in components of metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular health, and brain functioning.

In time, the body starts to maintain a more rested, calm, and energetic style of functioning even outside of meditation. As inner stress dissolves, we become more resilient or immune to outer stress that may be coming to us from family, friends, or our environment. Through meditation, we can experience more inner happiness, fulfillment, and even love flowing from within.

In Love and God, Maharishi explains:

Love is purity, love is innocence, love is fullness, oneness and bliss. It brings fulfillment.

Love unifies the scattered ends of life and brings them all together into an integrated whole.”

The ancient poet Virgil expressed the power of love in his epic from 37 BC: Eclogues X.69

Omnia vincit amor et nos cedamus amori: Love conquers all things; let us all yield to love!

Read more on the Enlightenment for Everyone blog, where this post originally appeared.

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