What if the key to resilience and peak performance isn’t consistently pushing harder to get through? What if it is to listen more?
Of course, we often don’t think we have time to listen when we are busy, and we push our own emotions aside to keep our attention on what matters… but actually, it’s more like we keep our focus on what’s urgent and don’t pause to consider if we are chasing the right problem.
When was the last time you paused to listen to yourself and your needs? When did you last have a good chat with yourself?
I mean a really good chat, a kind and curious one? Were you paused for just a moment to check in with your body? Your emotions? Mind? Soul? When’s the last time you paused to consider what’s going on inside and you asked yourself, “How am I doing in there? And what do I need right now so that I can get through this challenge?”
My guess is it’s been a long time because of the reality we live in and because we tend to think the answer is somewhere outside of ourselves.
And let’s face it; most people have not been taught to pause as the way to achieve peak performance. On top of this, many of us view resilience as sucking it up and always pushing through. When problems arise, we put our work first, relationships second, and if there’s time left-over, maybe we reserve some time to care about ourselves.
BUT WHAT IF WE HAVE THAT BACKWARDS?
What if the key to resilience and peak performance isn’t consistently pushing through?
What if the key to resilience and peak performance is to learn to pause, listen, and ask better questions — a tool I call “Power-Pausing.”
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Originally published on March 7, 2023 at JeanetteBronee.com.