One of my aspirations in running my own business is to get to the point where I can take the whole of winter off and hibernate, or at least do the next best thing, to hideaway in a lodge somewhere, with nothing but nature and books!
I’m not there yet, but I have been creating my moments of stillness, slowing down and reflecting. In the slowing down, the busyness and noise in my head dissipates. I can see things more clearly, new insights emerge, and things that were keeping me stuck, somehow find their way through. I become faster at getting stuff done.
Have you ever noticed that?
Slowing down to speed up sounds a bit counter intuitive doesn’t it? But in the slowing down, clarity emerges. And once clarity emerges, the decisions about what’s really important to you, become easier. You can then get focused on the right things, and put your attention on doing the right things, taking inspired actions. No wasting time on the things that aren’t important.
Of course, maintaining that focus requires a few things, discipline being one of them. ‘Discipline’ comes from the word ‘disciple’ – a person who devotes themselves to something they love. So, by creating some discipline around what really matters for you, you can focus on that which you love.
So, how to do that? Well, firstly you need to find ways to slow down, and if the thought of that triggers you, then you need to slow down even more!
Here’s an experiment for you for the next few days. Commit to walking each day in nature, on your own and without the distraction of the phone or music player. As you leave the confines of home, ask yourself, and connect to the question, “what needs to emerge for me today?”, and just see what comes up whilst out on your walk.
Then, identify one thing that can be your priority for the next week, just one thing, and create some discipline around it. Make sure you are a disciple of that priority, that it’s something you can really devote yourself to.
Your discipline could be to focus an hour each day on that priority. It could be putting some boundaries in place with others in the house to make sure you give it the attention it needs. It might be taking some other things out of your diary that are not a priority. You’ll know what needs to be done.
- Slow down
- Let clarity emerge
- Get focused
- Create your discipline
- Take inspired actions
I’d love to hear how you get on, let me know by commenting. Good luck!