Live, Now

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Dear Friends,

As I sit in my office I’m finding that my attention is being pulled between this and the snow falling outside.

I love it when it snows. It doesn’t need to accumulate to much. As long as it’s coming down.

I love it when it’s snowing and I enjoy time  outside. Everything is so much quieter. The snow softens the sounds of the modern world.

It slows us down. It slows everything down.

Many of us could benefit from slowing down.

We’re often in such a rush to get one more thing done.

In the pursuit of accomplishment we miss out on the moment.

Slowing down has been one of my most powerful tools as a coach.

It’s also become one of the most powerful tools in my life.

Slowing down doesn’t imply stopping or forgoing any momentum we’ve built.

Slowing down enables us to create a space between ourselves and what we are doing.

And it’s in that space that we can make a choice.

It’s in that space that we’re able to see and learn about what we’re doing.

Are we living, doing, and being from a place of purpose?

I’ve really been enjoying Brendon Burchard’s book, The Motivation Manifesto.

I read this morning that many of us are trapped by our past or paralyzed by our future and in doing so we’re losing out on where we are right now.

We get held back by something in our past or the fear of what’s to come stops us in our tracks.

This is where slowing down comes in.

This is where slowing down enables us to live, now.

It all goes back to the space we create. The space only exists in the now. The space between our thoughts and our actions can only be seen when we slow down.

This space is where we have our power.

This space is where we are empowered to choose how we will move forward.

This space is where we let the past be the past, the future be the future, and the present be all that we need right now.

The next time you find yourself feeling anxious or worried, I invite you to slow down. Slow down your thoughts. Slow down your breath.

Then see how it feels to truly live, now.

With Love,

Ev

Evan CookComment