Follow Up: What Were You Thinking

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Last month I shared that I would be calibrating my decision making process and embracing a personal experience grounded in the “power of pause” in my What Were You Thinking post. As you can imagine I didn’t get it completely right, but I’m excited to share that I’m closing out the month of May feeling in more control of my time and energy.Below I’ve listed some of the lessons I’ve learned along the way:

  1. Start with why. The last month has presented me with many opportunities to explore and challenge myself. Lately I’ve challenged myself to begin all of my decision making with asking myself why. I’ve attempted to have really candid conversations with myself and those closest to me about my true feelings and have realized that I don’t live in the moment as often as I should.
  2. Reconnect with others. During the last month I’ve had an opportunity to reconnect with colleagues and exchange updates related to our personal and professional journeys. It’s always interesting to hear the details of your lived experiences you share with others because there’s not enough time to share every detail, so you express those that are most relevant. I found these exchanges both energizing and calming, in that they reminded me of who I am and why I chose this profession.
  3. Check your discipline deficit. I’m always thinking of new ideas and things I want to explore, but this month showed me that I have a discipline deficit to address. I’ve forgotten the value of small steps and recognized that I wasn’t making progress because I was too caught up on details and trying to anticipate every challenge. As a result I’ve returned to making lists and finishing one task before moving onto the next one. Basically, I’ve reactivated my Achiever strength which has helped calm my Responsibility strength.
  4. Stop overthinking. I’ve been so focused on trying to figure out the purpose of this blog, my research interests, my career path, and so many other things that I was weighing myself down with uncertainty. If there was one lesson that was most important it was the fact that I have every right to change my mind, make mistakes, and explore.

I’ll admit I don’t have everything figured out, but I’ve been so happy to move closer to my center. I know I haven’t posted in a while, but I’m excited to share I have several blogs written and scheduled to publish. I’m also really excited about several new initiatives in the works, but that will be news to share another day. Until then, be blessed, live authentic, and goal together!

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