taking stock

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Santa is not the only one who needs to make a list and check it twice. That is something I am currently doing myself. And it’s not in relation to buying Christmas gifts. This year, as I have been involved in taking my business to the next level, I have arrived at a place I’m not sure I wanted to be…The Land of Overwhelm. I’m one of those people who LOVES most ideas in the moment I hear them and signs up immediately, only to wake up the next day asking, “What was I thinking?”

Have you had this experience? Do you say yes to too many things at once and then curse all the project details as you run around like a chicken with it’s head cut off trying to actually accomplish all the items you’ve stuffed onto your To Do list?

Maybe I’m the only one with this habit, but I think probably not. So here’s what I’m doing to remedy my current state of overscheduled delirium. I’m getting quiet—really quiet. I’m getting back to the practice of taking a DEEP breath, tuning into my body and getting my answers from my inner guidance system, rather than from my head, which seems to have no off switch lately!

It may seem counter intuitive to stop doing just when you have many more things to do, but that is precisely the point. When doing stops working, it is time to BE. Actually it is always most helpful to BE first, then you won’t get into a state of over-DOING.

So join me, won’t you?

Stop, breathe, and make a new list. This time only include the items that are in alignment with your body’s wisdom, which takes cues directly from your soul. As one of my mentors, Life Coach Michelle Woodward told me yesterday, give To Do list items the 24-hour test. When you hear the “next big idea,” put off deciding about it for 24-hours.

Giving yourself a break between hearing and committing, allows time to check in with your body compass.

When you check with your body, does the idea of saying yes to this or that project feel burdensome or freeing? Let that be your guide. From that centeredness, everything will fall into place, EXACTLY as is best.


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4 thoughts on “taking stock

  1. Christine,
    Yes, it is that simple. Bring to mind each item on your list and see where and what you feel in terms of body sensations. It helps if you have a good background understanding of your body’s -10 to +10 reading, but the Body Compass tool can be effective even if you haven’t fully been taking through the exercise.
    Thanks for asking,

  2. Hello Yvette;I’m in need of keeping it simpler, and strive to do this, yet sometimes the list is overwhelming & I don’t know where to begin. I always go to Hammonsasett to clear my thinking. What you said about the 24 hour test, I’ve been doing this with greater regularity, I give “big important things” now–more than ever—that let it sit & stew for 24 hours. I’m involved in our town somewhat & love being able to return something which I hope is a positive force in the universe. Sitting on something 24 hours is not always an option, but the test I always ask is, will the world blow up (if the answer is no, then you’re free to go). Then I probe deeper, Will my world blow up (if the answer is still no, then I almost RUN away for a period of time!). Lastly, I ask myself, will someone else blow up/ be hurt by my inaction for 24 hours? And that’s always the stumper. I have no rules about that & try to listen to my inner voice. Lately, it is on vacation.

    I’ve learned that I’m not going hurt myself by investing thoughtful consideration-for a decision in the long run, so more than ever, I try to use the 24 hour test. But, I know I could benefit by a session & hope to contact you sometime soon.All the best to you in the new year!

  3. Deb,
    Thanks for the comments and it sounds like you are on the right track. One easy way to access your inner voice is to try this writing exercise:
    Get still and take a few calming breaths. Write out the decision your facing, in the form of a question, using your dominate hand. Then switch the pen to your non-dominant hand and write the answer that comes to you. You can continue this back and forth dialogue to get at deeper and deeper levels of the issue. This process engages both sides of your brain and allows your creative inner voice to offer solutions.
    Wishing you well,

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