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Hey Mom! How Fast Can You Run!
Speaking as a mom, someone who has become obsessed with
wringing "something" out of every spare minute... oops, did I say spare
minute? I don't have any of those since I became a mom, and then a
time management junkie.
I meant to say obsessed with wringing something out of every minute.
Anyway, since I have become obsessed I have made an important observation.
Mom's operate on a whole different planet than "other people". By the
have had even one child at the age of a month or two, we are used to multi
tasking, working 24/7 with little sleep and considering 5 minutes alone in
shower as our annual vacation time.
Anyone with two kids, of any age, has been operating for some time in
dimension completely. A dimension where are brain is always at least one
ahead of our body, except for when our body is one step ahead of our brain,
is the case when our mommie radar kicks in and we know before it happens
our baby or child needs a catch, needs a kiss or a diaper!
And then there is split brain syndrome.
A place where one train of thought goes uninterrupted for an average of
10 seconds, before it is split into at least two... probably more depending
many sets of additional legs are "in the station" at the time. Over time you
it easy to picture your brain as an orange - easily divided and never quite
in one piece.
In this state, it is easy to find ourselves running all the time,
permanently of "out of
breath", even when we are sitting down.
We don't even have the time to notice that somewhere along the line we
It is in part a necessity that comes with the territory at least for
you call 20 years or so awhile.
But at some point we need to stop running like hounds after rabbits, rabbits
that are forever in front of us, egging us on and on, but never slowing down
enough to let us catch them, and start giving ourselves permission to do
need to do.
This isn't so easy after spending a few years forgetting about ourselves and
focusing only on other people. We become programmed to "make do" and
carries over into our businesses that we started at home so that, you
it, we could do more than one thing at once and still be there for other
even if they are only 2 feet tall, unbearably adorable, and cuddly to boot!
The problem arises when we are forever on the run, never allowing ourselves
time it takes to complete a task, or even begin it. How many projects
do you have sitting around waiting for you? Important stuff that isn't
anywhere. Except maybe on your shoulders, the thought of them dragging you
Lighten the load!
I find that I am stress free and at my most successful when I give myself
permission to take
the time to do things that are important, and even more successful and
free when I allow myself the time to do them right.
This always means putting and end to the tug of war by deciding what I am
not going to do.
At some point you need to decide what you want to stop doing. Or you
keep running. In place!
In order to be successful, and even more importantly - remain sane - you
MUST decide what you are
not going to do. And then, don't do it! Sounds easy, but we all know
that it's an ongoing battle.
Remember that phrase, "ALLOW MYSELF THE TIME".
There is a lot of power in those words and it's something that too many of
us don't allow
Repeat it 3 times every time you feel stressed and pulled in umpteen dozen
directions at the same time. Establish your true priorities, not
forgetting to include what is
important to you, and then allow yourself the time to do what needs to be
Anything less will result in frustration and disappointment, over time this
loss of energy and interest, over more time, this will result in giving up
more disappointment - not fun!
What do you need to give yourself permission to do? Sometimes it comes down
Exercise is good for you, it reduces stress, helps keep weight under control
keeps the blood pumping.
Running at breakneck speed through your day does not count! This kind
lifestyle results in a body riddled with stress and all of the health risks
associated with it, stress in some cases actually will add weight due to
stressed out adrenals and it will keep the blood pumping all right… pumping
right up to high blood pressure and all of the health risks associated with
It just isn't worth it. Stop running.
Start prioritizing. Start weeding. Allow yourself to decide
what you need to do, and then do only that. Be mindful of what you are doing
you are doing it. Enjoy being in the moment. That in itself takes an
off your shoulders. Try to remember what life is about.
Sprint sometimes if you have to, but quit running a never ending marathon.
Think about it. The result could be an amazing change in your life.
Ready. Set. Go! Just kidding :0)
Janice Ferrante is the Queen of KAOS. You can learn more
about how to Conquer KAOS and take CONTROL by visiting her website at
http://www.queen-of-kaos.com. Also be sure to sign up for her free ezine
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