I believe that deep down, when we need more work-life balance, we have a desire for order in our lives. Order allows us to feel calm and less stressed. When this happens, not only do things click into place around you, but you actually feel it. I call this achieving FLOW. You know you are in FLOW when you Feel Light, Organized and Whole.
FLOW happens when you have a system that works. It brings results with minimal resistance. Things just happen…
Like I said, you know when you have the feeling of FLOW. If you aren’t sure how you feel, then quickly ask yourself what your FLOW Meter is saying right now. Rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being high. If you are a 4 or 5, great! Keep doing what you’re doing.
If you gave yourself a 1 – 3 rating, then its time to figure out some alternatives so you can feel the positive FLOW of life again.
Here’s a four step process to get yourself back into forward momentum. Take out a sheet paper and actually write down your answers. Our minds process better when we see the options in front of us.
- Focus on the problem. Ask yourself, “What is stopping my FLOW?” Get clarity on the actual problem.
- List your options. Assess your alternatives and ask, “What can I do differently?” We always have alternatives. If you need help, ask someone you trust for ideas.
- Outline your resources. Step back and think about “Who or what can I use to help?” Contrary to how many of us think, you don’t have to do it alone. It could be people or tools.
- Work on the plan. It’s not enough to think about when and how to make a change – take action! You have to get started,
So when you find yourself zig zagging around, think FLOW. Stop to consider ways to get back in FLOW.
Let me know how this works for you!
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