Do you wake up and hit the ground running these days?  You haven’t even had your morning java and your mind is already swirling with your day’s “to do” list, emails are flooding your mailboxes and the phone is ringing much too early for a civilized conversation. The morass of stimuli coming at you is enough to dampen any spirit.

    One hundred years ago, the maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

    It stands to reason that the opportunity to stop and smell the roses is exponentially greater when life slows down. But in addition to finding the time nowadays to get back in touch with what “jazzes” us about our work and our lives, we need some “imagine” time. Just a little bit of quality daydreaming.  An article in the Science section of the New York Times (June 28, 2010) suggests that your mind needs a chance to wander. Even in just five minutes a day, a little daydreaming or mind wandering can fire a few synapses for creativity and productivity.

    Your enthusiasm for your work life comes from your ability to think beyond borders and if you don’t allow yourself the time and space to refill your energy coffers, you set yourself up for stagnation and the “overwhelm”. In order for your ideas to blossom, they need to be tested by you to see if they are in harmony with your own core values. Find a few minutes to step off the treadmill and get back in touch with the juice of creative imagination. Take a short walk, a bike ride or sit and listen to the birds sing. They are amazingly beautiful.  Listen to some expansive music and see where it takes you.  Think of a time when you felt blissfully happy and recognize the essence there. Reintroduce yourself to your best self and pat yourself on the back for reacquainting with your best friend.  And invite that person to join your day.

    Ultimately you want to be seen in the world as an expert in your field because of your infectious enthusiasm for what you love to do and its value to others. Seth Godin says, “Please don’t hire someone who just thinks it’s a job. This category represents the majority of our options, and this category is what gives work a bad name.”

    “Alice laughed: “There’s no use trying,” she said; “one can’t believe impossible things.” “I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” – Lewis Carroll

    Wendy Scharfman is a professional speaker, communication coach and trainer. She is the founder of Coaching for Effective Communication, a business she created to help her clients become dynamic, confident speakers who can inspire action by delivering a message that matters. Wendy specializes in Leadership Training and Team Building, Public Speaking Competencies, Message Refinement and Media Training.

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