I’ve been struggling with writing an article all week. The more time I spend on that article, the further I fall behind on meeting my other deadlines, which results in a feeling of stress that zaps my energy and makes writing the article even harder.
How often do you get caught in this same kind of negative catabolic-energy spiral? Maybe what you want to accomplish is working out, but you’re too tired or busy and you miss it, and then you start beating yourself up, which makes getting in your next workout even harder. You can insert any task that you’re struggling with into this type of catabolic-energy loop.
It’s time to stop this crazy train!
What I know is that I have the response-ability for bringing my purpose, commitment, and spiritual connection into everything I do. So yesterday, I put aside the article for a bit and thought about how I want my sense of purpose to support me in this task. I also wrote out a list of all the reasons I love writing for a living.
Taking the time to shift my perspective helped generate a more positive anabolic outlook that allowed me to tap into and be supported by my spiritual beliefs and connection. Taking the time to do that helped bring me some clarity and focus, so that I was finally able to make some significant progress on the article, which I will finish this morning.
The task I was faced with didn’t change. What changed was how I felt about doing it.
It doesn’t matter if the task you’re facing is a mountain of laundry, a million-dollar deal, or being the best parent you can be to a rambunctious kid. Think about how you can bring your purpose, commitment, and spiritual connection into everything you do.
When you stop expecting the task or situation to change or go away, and instead use your response-ability to shift your energy, focus, and feelings, you begin showing up as the person you want to be.
Together we can do it!
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I guess this happens to all of us… and not necessarily in writing alone. I guess it is do with our internal space and energy at that point in time. As you have so astutely observed, It all depends on how we choose to look at the situation. The 90: 10 principle…
Absolutely! Thanks for commenting, Shakti. I appreciate you!
Excellent as usual, and we are changing our approach to severaL chores!
Awesome! Thanks for commenting! I appreciate it–and you!
Response-Ability, love it! Point on, we all have the ability to change our response to circumstances and choose to move forward. I’m going to use this with my students.
Awesome! Thanks for sharing!
Brilliant advice, your right it easy to get caught up in the stress and look at the situation negatively but taking the time to reframe the way we look at a situation can make a huge difference to the way we feel about it and potentially also what we achieve. I will do my best to remember this and put it into action.
Awesome! Would love to hear what difference it makes for you. Thanks for commenting!
Time Out is key!