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It’s Sink or Swim…But Can You Float?

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Sink or Swim

It’s a “dog eat dog” world out there.

Or maybe it’s “sink or swim.”

I can never remember which it is,

although I like to think that dogs

do not go around eating other dogs,

so let’s just go with “sink or swim.”

Let’s Add Float!

And just to be a bit rebellious,

let’s add a third option to the old

sink or swim…let’s add float!

That’s three options for this world:

fail, succeed, and take a time out.

Time Outs Work

When what you’ve been doing to

try to succeed simply isn’t working

any longer, you don’t have to give up.

You’ll just end up sinking that way.

The floating option means taking

an adult “time out” to rethink why

you’re doing what you’re doing,

check how you’re doing it, and look

at what is and isn’t working.

Energy Conservation

A person who’s floating doesn’t look

like they’re doing much. They aren’t.

They are letting the water hold them up

and they are conserving energy, face up

to catch their breath.

Taking a time out to catch your breath

and get your bearings before you strike

out in a new direction is smart, even

if it looks like you’re doing nothing

for a little while.

Grab Your Floaties!

Sometimes the most important work

gets done with the least amount of

active effort.

Re-evaluating, strategizing, making a

new plan.  That’s floating. Which will

lead to swimming. Which will lead

you in the direction of your dreams.

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And speaking of doing nothing, this week

in A Year to Change, we are working on the

chapter  Staying Present is the Best Gift,

which is all about learning how to harness

the power of the present moment to reduce

stress and improve your life. If you spend too

much time grinding on the past or worrying

about the future, join me to learn how to

stop and enjoy being here now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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