The Coates Perspective for April 1, 2013
“Steering Organizations To New Horizons.”
The Power of the Pause
It is often said that we need to “stop and smell the roses.” It is important to spend some quality time to reflect upon the successes of our day. In so doing, it gives us time to refresh in our mind the ways we were successful . . . and celebrate them too!
It was Jim Rohn who stated, “At the end of the day, you should play back the tapes of your performance.” That is why a football coach will spend countless hours reviewing video of the game seeking to learn what worked and what did not. Strategic reflection is the key for even greater success in the future.
I have learned that an effective leader is a leader who learns to embrace the power of the pause. Here are three ways I’ve learned to do it:
1. When I need to pause, I try to find a place that is conducive to reflection. I go for the place where the cell phone is silent and the distractions are minimal.
2. When I need to pause, I find a time that works in my schedule. If I do not schedule it, I will not have “time” to do it.
3. After a time of reflection, I try to find a personal success story that I can pass on to others. If I am encouraged then I will be able to encourage others too.
You’ve read my perspective. Now, I’d love to hear yours. What are you thinking? Have you been able to implement the power of the pause and what is your secret?
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