“What I am looking for is not out there … It’s in me.” – Helen Keller
These powerful words of wisdom from Helen Keller remind me that the answers are within me. I often spend a lot of time looking elsewhere. I’m searching. Sometimes I’m wandering. What I most need to do is slow down. I need to be still long enough to listen to myself. As an extrovert, I often drown out my own voice with the voices of others. I owe it to myself to spend more time in silence. I need to spend more time reflecting on what matters most and challenging myself to align the way I spend my time with my priorities. If there is a disconnect, I am to blame, and I need to take action to fix it.
Our new book Retreat to Success is all about the need in our lives to slow down. We can’t live our lives fully when we never slow down to savor the very moment in front of us. We are constantly adding more to our already full lives. It’s becoming a defining characteristic of our culture. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Do you ever feel that you’re constantly running? Are you running right past the best time of your life?
If you answered yes to these two questions, how do you change the cycle?
I remind myself daily that every time I say yes to something I say no to something else. I want to say yes to the right people and activities. This mindset has changed my persective drastically. What works for you?