If there was one thing I wish I could say to all my clients (and 99% of Americans, including myself) it would be this:
We never stop! Our bodies and minds are going ALL THE TIME. We get on a hamster wheel the second we wake up and we don’t get off of it until we go to bed (that is, assuming you can put the worries and to-do list aside well enough to actually sleep).
Part of our busyness is habit. Part is an obligation to say yes to everything. Part is cultural expectations that we should always be productive.
But I’ve realized recently there is another reason.
Slowing down is vulnerable.
When we take a break, we worry if there will be enough.
When we quiet our mind, things surface we’ve been working to avoid.
When we define ourselves by our busyness and check marks on a to-do list, we question who we even are when we slow down.
Slowing down opens us up to all sorts of vulnerability.
But slowing down also opens us up to creativity. And focus. And joy.
It allows us to be grounded, centered, and present.
It open the airwaves so we can hear our true inner voice.
And that is where the magic happens.
So expect vulnerability when you slow down. Let go of any notion of transcendence or perfect quiet or the “right” way to slow down. Instead, muddle through it, messy and imperfect though it may be. Your magical, authentic, true self is on the other side.
Heather Whelpley is a coach and speaker that works with high achieving women to master doubt and imposter syndrome, re-evaluate what they really want in their career and life, and move forward to create their authentic path. Click HERE to join Heather’s mailing list and receive a free copy of Five Ways To Quiet The Inner Critic.