Slow Down? It Depends.

Slow down! If you’re ambitious and working hard to fulfill your dreams, have you heard this piece of advice?  If you have, and if you end up feeling there’s something wrong with you for being driven and ambitious, you don’t need to be.  All it means it that you have a dream and a hunger to fulfil that dream.

Marie Forleo has some really good advice the next time someone says “Slow Down!”.

The next time someone tells you to slow down:

  • Consider the source – The person who’s telling you to slow down may not have the same drive or ambition you do. They may not understand your drive or motivation.
  • Look inside – There’s a rule of thumb I was given years ago that I still use:  if you hear it once, set it aside; if you hear it three times, take a better look.  If you are over-extended, overwhelmed and working on empty, people will begin to tell you to slow down because you are inviting it.  This is the time to take a look at what’s going on inside for you. Are you motivated? Or are you beginning to lose it?  Excited or anxious?  This is the time to take a few deep breaths, maybe back up a bit to see the bigger picture, then chose what’s really important for you right now.
  • Choose your mirrors – Who is it telling you to slow down?  Is it someone you has what you are aspiring to?  Or is it someone who is not living the life you want for yourself?
  • Listen to yourself first – In the end you are the one who has to live with your decisions.  So listen to those people who inspire you, but only after listening to yourself first. After all, it’s your dream, not someone else’s.

Our greatest fear – is that we’re powerful beyond measure

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Quote of the Week
I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.
-Oprah

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