Have you ever felt stuck…that a big boulder was blocking your way? You push and work even harder, but success feels elusive. What do you do? Give up, work harder, or create another plan?
Success is more than reaching the final goal. It’s a process. Success comes from knowing when to push harder, when to rest, reflect, plan and connect with others. Like driving through a city, you need to stop at the red lights and wait until it is time to proceed. Some red lights are longer than others. But it is imperative that you stop or you could get injured. You will reach your final destination if you pay attention to the signs along the way.
Life occurs in phases: the hard working phase, the rest and reflection, the networking and connecting with others, and the learning and planning phase. Most of the time these stages overlap to some degree. Being able to identify which phase(s) you are in so that you can apply your energy appropriately is very important. This will help you to direct your energy. The hardworking phase has to have some endings or you will burn out before you find your success. When this phase is working for you everything seems to fall into place. You naturally know what is next because it presents itself to you. There is a quickening of events.
This is usually followed by the rest and reflection phase. The rest and reflection stage is essential! This is where you listen deeply to your inner knowing to present new ideas and information about your path. You reflect on what is and is not working. You don’t try to “fix” things. You open to new ways of being or handling issues. It is important to rest your mind so you can get in touch with your higher thoughts and wisdom. This is what fuels your next steps. If you refuse to pause, you risk the chance of hitting a roadblock and experiencing anxiety and despair. Your inner voice tells you stop, go, talk to this person, attend this meeting, etc. If you don’t listen to it, you are traveling without your GPS turned on. Listen to you inner wisdom.
The networking and connecting with like-minded people phase also supports your success. We do not exist in a vacuum. We learn and are blessed by the company of others. Connect with positive people who share and support your vision. Do not spend time with negative people who steal your energy and bring you down. Many times someone holds the answer to some question. Change can occur more quickly when group minds are at work. Moving that mountain seems less hard when you have a team behind you. Spend time with like-minded people and be energized by the time you spend with them.
The learning and planning phase usually occurs before the hard working phase and after the rest and reflection stage. It is important to take the time to acknowledge what you learned from your experiences and revise your plans according to how the path now presents itself. This phase allows you to respond to the changes going on in your environment. Nothing is static. The world around you is in constant change and this phase allows you to plan accordingly.
When you identify and participate in all the phases, you will no longer feel frustrated and stuck. You feel empowered to take the steps that are appropriate for that phase. This will propel you on your road to success.
Dawn Fleming is a Life Coach, intuitive healer, Reiki Master, and the author of many holistic health and spiritual books, including Creating a Successful Holistic Health Practice, Chakra Empowerment, and Perspectives on Ascension. She inspires others to live life to the fullest with joy and centered in love. Visit Dawn’s blog or website for more inspiration.