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Time Out to Tune in Will Make You More Effective

Lots has been said over the years about the importance of a commitment in putting forth consistent effort in whatever one’s pursuit. An example:

When you do something with a lot of honesty, appetite and commitment, the input reflects in the output.—A. R. Rahman

And–It has been made eminently clear in example after example of highly successful role models in all walks of life that the difference between greatness and mediocrity was a minor tweak in attitude. The tweak resulted in an attitude of driving commitment to excellence which, of course always requires consistent effort.

In other words, you can’t be great one day and mediocre the next and expect to become all you can be.

On the other hand, a commitment to consistent effort doesn’t mean subjecting yourself to a day in and day out grind. If the attitude of “it’s a grind” sets in, inevitably performance results suffer catastrophically.

The old cliche’, “Variety is the spice of life.” has definite merit. The truism of the cliche’ is it drives an attitude of enthusiasm to persist.

With enthusiasm comes emotional commitment. With emotional commitment comes consistent effort. With consistent effort comes an inevitable, more efficient and effective improvement in performance results.

The fact is though, sometimes you can get so wrapped up in what you are doing that you don’t even realize enthusiasm has been replaced by obsessive, compulsive behavior.

In these circumstances, you think, if things aren’t going your way, you’ll just keep grinding, grinding, grinding and work your way through to a solution.metaphor-1209691_1920

You say to yourself something like, “If I exhaust all avenues and myself, a solution to a challenge or problem is sure to appear.”

But, as a noted expert in organization and time management, Julie Morgenstern says in her book, Never Check Email in the Morning:

“When you are exhausted and depleted and don’t know where you’ll find energy to tackle that next project–take a leap into the unknown. Trust that work will survive without you for an hour, an evening, or a weekend. You must embrace the fact that sometimes your best hope for getting to the bottom of your to-do list is to let go and take care of yourself personally.”

She’s saying you need to take time out from time to time so you can tune in more efficiently and effectively when you do return to your pursuit .

Amazingly, the letting go for a while rekindles an energy and a renewed attitude of enthusiasm that shortcuts you back to top level performance. Time out! Try it! You’ll like it!

Easier said than done, right?  Think for an additional few minutes on what it is going to take for you to train yourself to take a time out on occasion.

Have you ever been resistant to change? May I suggest you reconsider. Without change you would not be here.

Why?  The world and life in general would have passed you by, if you had not been born.

As the great psychologist, author and motivational speaker, Dr. Dennis Waitley, once said about people who resist change:

“On the one hand, they know that learning brings about change. On the other hand, they resist change. They know that some people have overcome enormous obstacles to become great, but they can’t imagine it happening to them. So, they resign themselves to being the also-rans in life, wishing and envying away their lives.”

What a conundrum! Change and face unknown risks that you conjure in your mind as fearsome. Don’t change, out of a sense of comfort and low risk, and life will pass you by in a heartbeat. Leaving you to ponder another question…Is that all there is?

If you don’t want to face life with an attitude of “wishing and envying away” your life, then change must be a given.

children-593313_1920You must embrace change with the enthusiasm of the innocence of your youth…with the same gusto as when you were a child doing something for the first time and you didn’t know or care about the risks. You did it with exhilaration and your whole world changed. New horizons came into view. New possibilities were everywhere!

When confronted with change, as we all are throughout life, don’t immediately throw-up your defenses and resist. Train yourself to think possibilities rather than change. Create a possibilities attitude and never be faced with the change conundrum again.

If you do that, you will be able to more consistently take time outs so you can tune back in more efficiently and effectively.

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Crop of GNCC ShotMindstate mentor, author, trainer and speaker, Gary Greenfield (@LifeRider) provides self-employed people inspirational insight and concise business ideas to help improve mindstate and minimize stress. He believes a mindstate that is positive and stress that is minimized helps self-employed people better profit through performance.

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