Recently, my friend Kyeli and I were promoting a joint class.Â As part of our marketing, we asked our friends and colleagues to use social media and help us spread the word; we gave them a variety of examples and quotes that they could use to tweet and mention on Facebook.Â I was fascinated to notice that one phrase in particular was used so much more than all the others: â€śDo you want to be an unstoppable force for good in the world?â€ť
The idea of being unstoppable is quite magnetic.Â Especially when it comes to making a difference, the picture of a person overcoming huge obstacles to prevail and beat the bad guys is the stuff of movies and dreams.Â We all want to be unstoppable, donâ€™t we?
Well, there are many different elements that play into what it takes to be unstoppable.Â Today Iâ€™ll address the one that is perhaps the most paradoxical: knowing when to stop.
A Losing Season That Never Ends
Many moons ago, when I was completing my first coach certification program, Dave Buck â€” my teacher and the CEO of Coachville â€” said something that stuck in my head: most people are playing unwinnable games in a losing season that never ends.Â He pointed out that athletes and high performers are able to clearly distinguish when itâ€™s time to play full out (Game ON) and when itâ€™s time to recuperate (Game OVER).Â But in our day-to-day lives, we donâ€™t do that.Â We donâ€™t say â€śgame over.â€ťÂ We donâ€™t take a break.Â We just continue with to-do lists that go on forever and gain twice as many additions for every crossed-out item.
This is not a sustainable way of being, my dear peep.Â Whether the metaphor is an athlete playing full out, or an artist on stage giving their heart to the performance, itâ€™s important to know when to go dark.
Nature Can Help
And it just so happens that we are coming up on the darkest time of the year, the Winter Solstice.Â All around us, squirrels and other small creatures are fattening up and getting ready to crawl into hibernation.Â Our pets get fluffy and sleepy.Â The harvest has been collected, theÂ trees go quiet â€“ itâ€™s the time of year to renew and get ready for whatâ€™s coming next.
That is my invitation to you, my dear peep.Â In the midst of the holiday madness, may you find time to slow down, to take stock of what went well this year and what needs to be called good enough. Â May you find moments to stop, to breathe, to notice what your heart longs for next.
I guarantee you this: the more you listen to your body and learn when and where you need to stop, the more you will be an unstoppable force in the world, where you are so badly needed.
Walking My Talk
In the spirit of “do as I do, and not only as I say,” I hereby declare this blog to be sleepy and hibernating until the new year.Â I will be using this month to go within, go deep, and find what needs to happen next in my life and in my business, to better serve all your fabulous world-changing peeps out there.Â I look forward to reporting back on my discoveries.
And in the meantime, have a glorious and glittery holiday season, dearest peep!Â See you in the new year!