I’m a go-getter and that worries my friends, because it seems that I never stop. When they’ve been with me for a day, they often – with good intent – suggest I slow down.
Sometimes, they’re right on. When I’m worried that I’ll miss a deadline (usually self-imposed), or obsessed about getting something right (driven by fear of failure or rejection).
Sometimes, they’re mistaken. When I’m creating or doing something I love, for instance.
Sometimes it’s both – when I’m venturing into new territory. At those times, I’m both energized and terrified – mostly terrified of how my life will change if I succeed.
Does this sound familiar?
That’s true for me. What I’ve learned is to pace myself.
When I pace myself, I can …
- catch moments of terror and take the time I need to deal with them before moving forward;
- discover how I really feel about what I’m doing, and make change that make better use of my time and energy;
- learn as I go with awareness and presence.
When I pace myself, I feel powerful, and feel like I’m gaining more and more energy as I go.
When I pace myself, I am the author of my own life.
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Maryanne Nicholls is a Registered Psychotherapist. To find out more, gain access to her weekly newsletter, meditations and programmes, sign up at www.thejoyofliving.co .