"We cannot empty the mind by thinking. Only by observation."
~ Robert Adams
It's that time of year again as we head into Christmas and the New Year. I, like many, will be taking a well-earned rest over the festive season. When everyone else is busy, busy, busy, I'll be taking a big step back to retreat from the world and get some much needed rest. I don't know about you, but for me it's been a huge year!
So this will be the last post for 2016, and I am eager for 2017 as I have a feeling it's going to be a great year. I wanted to finish of the year off, not to talk about business per se, but how to help you make the most of the downtime (if you're getting it) to prepare for next year and make sure that you're rested and ready to tackle 2017.
As a creative, I find that I need a lot of solitary time to withdraw and to think about things away from the pressure and bustle and information overload that is part of our normal everyday lives. I think it has to be a conscious endeavour to ensure this happens on a regular basis.
Being in business, I know that most people have difficulty actually stopping and relaxing. But it's important. Not only for your own health and well-being, but also for your business. The 'Art of Observation' is highly underrated. You don't have to be a creative to do it. And it will reap benefits. Especially to get down to the deeper parts of yourself you may be too busy to get to.
So I invite your during this period, if you can, to stop...to observe...to really listen. And not just listen to want is happening in your immediate surroundings. But get still and go inward and listen to your body and your heart.
Ask of yourself 'why'. Why do you do what you do? Why does it matter? And then ask of yourself whether what you're doing is in alignment with what your heart tells you. Does it bring you joy? Or does it move you further away from joy? Your heart knows...trust it.
And I'm not just talking about your business. Your business is only one facet of who you are and even though it may be a big part of your 'why', there are many other parts of you and your life that inspire your business or vocation. It is a vehicle and a part of fulfilling your why.
So I will leave you in 2016 with Simon Sinek's video (above). It's a new one, only just released in the last few days. It's a bit of a prequel in a way, to Simon's video, 'Start with the Why', and he goes into more detail about his struggles before he found success. I hope you can glean from it some inspiration to define your 'why' and ask of yourself the questions that you may have just been too busy to ask, but are so important to defining your path moving forward.
Thank you for your support and engagement. I appreciate you. Wishing you much peace, happiness, gratitude and love during the Christmas break and New Year.
Kerry xox :)