On my walk this morning, I had a goal of doing my route in forty-five minutes. That meant that I had to move. I was so intent on accomplishing my goal that I couldn't stop to shake out the pebbles in my shoe, even though it would likely improve the speed of my walk, which was my intention after all.
Stress is like that...we are so intent in getting to the finish line that we sometimes forget to stop to take care of our own comfort - whether it be emotionally, mentally and/or physically. Some of us know that we need to remove the pebbles, but we may not know how or feel that we don't have the time. The truth is that we actually become more efficient and our performance improves when we start to manage our stressful thoughts.
Warning! Side-effects may include: better sleep, improved performance, greater sense of calm, more joy, less fear and frustration, improved memory, enhanced creativity, greater pain-control, and in general, a better life!
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Thanks to Mary Ellen Rynes for the photo!