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7 Steps to Help You SLOW DOWN

May 30, 2009

I remember several years ago I had a flurry of speeding tickets. I owned a children’s clothing store which was starting to falter, I had three kids doing various activities, we were building a house, and I never seemed to have enough time to do anything.  I always seemed to be rushing from hither to yon and within a three week period of time, I received two speeding tickets and a warning. I failed to mention that at this time, I was also doing a lot of soul searching on how I was living my life as I WAS NOT HAPPY.

When I was stopped by the cop on the third occasion, I looked at him and pleaded with him to not give me a ticket and apologized profusely.  I GOT IT THEN – I needed to SLOW DOWN – not just my driving but my life as well.

Today when I notice that racing feeling starting inside of me and I take the following steps:

1 – I take a deep intentional breath

2- Ask myself –What is my goal for the next hour or two? I define a segment of time and write down my goal.

3 – What do I need to do to accomplish my goal – I spend time outlining steps, prioritizing these steps, writing them down (this makes them tangible and easier to remember).  This process may take 2-5 minutes and saves valuable energy.

4 -Ask myself – HOW DO I WANT TO FEEL WHILE I AM WORKING ON THIS GOAL – I set the intention that I am present, focused, clear and efficient.  This is easier to do when I set the intention for this period of time i.e. one hour rather than a whole day.

5-  I start working on the steps, breathing and focusing on what I have set out to accomplish – staying in the moment

6 – About 5 minutes before the end of the segment of time (at 55 minutes – set a timer) I decide whether to carry on for longer or to stop working on the goal and write out what I need to do next time I work on it.

7- I take a deep intentional breath and acknowledge myself for the focused, clear, efficient work that I did the previous hour.

If I found that I was not as focused as I wished, I tell myself the truth and try to be gentle on myself and celebrate what I did accomplish. 

In reality I do this about 80% of the time and it works marvelously.  I try to be more intentional with my time because the rewards are endless.

If we don’t acknowledge what we have done we will never see how far we have come.

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