The Real Secret of Success – probably not what you think.

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You have to stop and charge your phone or reboot your laptop, right? It’s too bad we don’t have running low warnings or upgrade available alerts in our human operating systems.

Nothing can be more important than being able to choose the way we think. -Eknath Easwaran

Hit the Pause Button

Especially this month, you're cordially invited to hit the pause button and join us to "Fuel a game-changing movement of mindfulness in the workplace that promotes human flourishing." Check out Mindful Workplace Month here. Stay tuned for updates and more free mindfulness resources to come.

To start...

Consider the inner programming of your nervous system and mindset that actually needs continuous clearing and updating even more so than the “click to install” or “shut down” pauses we do regularly on our devices. Just pause for a moment right now and contemplate how you treat your phone and how you manage yourself. :-)

Take a moment to read the following invitation (to help you wake up inspired) and see what this stirs up in you today. Let the word rest be synonymous with hit the pause button (a mindful unplug, meditation, walk, longer time out, etc.).

"In the relentless busyness of modern life, we have lost the rhythm between action and rest. In our culture, action is always seen as better than non-action, and doing something is always better than doing nothing. Because of our desire to succeed and do well in this environment, we do not rest.

Because we do not rest, we lose our way.

We miss the compass points that show us where to go, we bypass the nourishment that would give us succor. We miss the quiet that would give us wisdom. Poisoned by this hypnotic belief that good things come only through unceasing determination and tireless effort, we can never truly rest. And for want of rest, our lives are in danger.

A “successful” life had become a violent enterprise. In our drive for success, we are seduced by the promises of more: More effectiveness, more satisfaction, more success, more information and more influence. We parrot a familiar refrain: “I am so busy.” We say this to one another with no small degree of pride, as if our exhaustion were a trophy, and our ability to withstand increasing stress a badge of true character.

All wisdom traditions insist that a life well-lived requires rest. Only from rest may we gain the nourishment, wisdom, courage and clarity necessary to heal the world, and reclaim the delight that makes our lives and work fruitful."

-from Wayne Muller, Restoring the Sacred Rhythm of Rest

I inherited this beautiful quote from a highly successful client at the top of her game (whom others might say was a workaholic). We could say I'm a "recovering workaholic." I pried my white knuckles off that treadmill way back in 1995 and became a role model of healthy success. And, residue of an old inner achiever programming corrupted by accidentally self-sabotaging conditioning exists buried in my subconscious system, still needing loving attention and clearing.

Last week a sore throat blossomed into a full fledge bug, coughing that hurts, wiped out, so I've had a rich opportunity to appreciate Muller's wisdom, and white flag surrender into the imperative of rest. I'm fascinated by "weaker" moments actually opening up to our true power and ultimately coming from our best self.

My 7am Friday meditation buddy and I talked about masculine and feminine... from supreme court drama, to my own inner "pusher" that gets concerned about missing work, or even "live up to the calling." And then I remember to hit the pause button and find the calmer, clearer energy that moves us into true strength, higher perspectives, unlimited possibilities and smarter choices.

Every thought you have counts. Every breath counts.

Teach me by meditation, to stop the storm of breath, mental restlessness and sensory disturbances raging in the lake of my mind. Let the magic wand of my inner calm stop the gale of unnecessary desires, and in the rippleless lake of my mind let me behold the undistorted reflection of my best self, glistening with the light of presence. -Paramhansa Yogananda

Imagine the inner calm, courage and clarity that could be available to shift some of what we see in the media circus, unnecessary stress or disengagement in our workplaces and so on. Imagine a tipping point of enough of us choosing to recharge ourselves at least as well as our phones! Imagine watching way more news about innovative breakthroughs flowing from mindful, compassionate workplaces where human beings are waking up inspired, bringing their best and falling asleep grateful.

A client brilliantly shared new ahaa’s she's discovering about “bugs in her system” and we laughed about working together on “inner technology upgrades” as the root cause of her life and business mission flourishing.

What if the real secret is the opposite of trying harder to succeed, while hitting the pause button to shift what is running you.

This is my heartfelt wish for you; to find your own calm, clarity, and freedom to create the healthy, sustainable success you are meant to enjoy, including how each breath you take and thought you choose contributes greater prosperity and fulfillment in your workplace and beyond. Cheers!

Your first step for the evolution of humanity starts with one smart hit the pause button for yourself :-) What choice will you make today?

I'd love to hear any questions, comments, insights. What are your favorite ways to hit the pause button or what would be the most helpful input/ resources for you?

The greatest revolution in our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.   William James