Why Taking a Pause...Can Get You Ahead

 
Today is Throwback Thursday. I like Throwback Thursdays because I often find my self looking back in my photo albums at some of the memories that were made. This is me in Jamaica, I was 6 months pregnant with my first born back in 2012. I  decided to take a break from my business to care and nurture my child. I knew that this period would give me a tremendous amount of opportunity to really assess where I truly wanted to take my life and my career.       I find though when it comes to reflecting on my days or life in general, I sometimes struggle to do this consistently. I am getting into the habit of reviewing my agenda at the end of the day to see what I was able to actually accomplish vs what I probably will need to get done the next day or days in the future. The growth tip for today focuses on reflection. This is not reflection like the 'Mirror' I talked about in my previous post. This is reflecting on our life to see what lessons we are learning on the way. I  often joke that I am a lesson sponge, I really am. I soak up those lessons like my life depends on it, because really...it does! I tend to reflect back on the things that I did and see if there was anything that I could have done different, what were my core lessons learned and what steps could I take to do things differently. Following this mindset, I believe has helped me to really grow as a person both personally and professionally. There was a time in my life that periods of reflection were only done to identify what OTHERS did wrong or didn't do right in my favour. That flawed perspective shifted the responsibility for my personal growth from me unto others. I later learned that no one else but me can affect how my life evolves. I am the one who chooses my experiences, or rather, my responses to my experiences. So what I am sharing is to encourage you to take time to reflect upon your life.  Peter Drucker said  'follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.' The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth is one of John's best selling books. To grow as a stellar professional it's important not to forget to develop yourself personally. In this incredible book John shares everything that he has garnered about developing yourself so that you have the best chance of becoming the person you were created to be. If you are serious about success and determined to find your place in a cluttered marketplace or really want to grow as a person so that you can add value to others and/or your organization stay tuned for more information on my upcoming Professional Development Growth Series.  In the meantime, check back in tomorrow as I share another law, The Law of Consistency. Best to you,
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Today is Flashback Friday.

I like Flashback Friday's because I often find myself looking back in my photo albums at some of the memories that were made.

This is me in Jamaica, I was 4 months pregnant with my first born back in 2012.

At that time, I  decided to take a break from my business for care and nurture leave of my son.

I knew that this period would give me lots of opportunities to really reflect on where I truly wanted to take my life and my career.

As life would have it, it most certainly did. I learned so much more about business and leadership from running a household and being a Mom to two boys.

The growth tip for today focuses on reflection. This is not reflection like the 'Mirror' I talked about in my previous post. This is reflecting on our actions to see what I lessons we are learning along the way.

I  often joke that I am a lesson sponge, I really am. I soak up those lessons like my life depends on it, because really...it does!

In his best selling book, The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, John C. Maxwell says 'learning to pause allows growth to catch up with you'.

I find this to be a very true statement.  Majority of us are running a million miles a minute. In the age of information overload, competing priorities and fast paced everything, it can be easy to let our moments slip by without a thought.

Learning to reflect on our actions, daily, weekly, monthly allows us to assess how well things are going...or not.

John illustrates this by sharing that there is power in taking time to pause. One nugget that he shares in this Law is that 'Reflection turns experience into insight."

Do you believe that experience is the best teacher? Well, the truth is as John shares, that isn't quite the case. Evaluated experience is in fact the best teacher.

If we are just going through experiences and not taking the time to understand them, those experiences cannot teach us much.

To grow, we must be open to reflection. Taking time to pause and evaluate our experiences. Some do this in the form of a journal, others sit and record their experiences in other forms. It really takes discipline and a commitment to expand our life. 

Peter Drucker said  'follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.'

The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth is one of John Maxwell's focused on personal development. To grow as a stellar professional it is important not to forget to develop ourselves personally.

In this incredible book, John shares everything that he has learned over the years about developing yourself so that you have the best chance of becoming the person you were created to be.

Stay tuned to the blog as I share with you another one of John Maxwell's Growth laws, The Law of Consistency.

Your friend in success,

 
 

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About the Author:

Teca Cameron-Tackie is a certified coach, trainer and speaker. She works mostly with emerging leaders, mid-career professionals and entrepreneurs. She equips her clients to gain the confidence needed to WIN at life, work or business. She specializes in soft skills development and leadership. Specifically Teca coaches her clients to build their most captivating personal brands by learning how to master their appearance, behaviour and communication for success.

Mrs. Cameron-Tackie also assists companies who wish to develop their employees so that they foster a work environment that is a productive place where people thrive.