Zen and the art of Not Pushing Part 3
A context for life and leadership.
For not pushing it seems like I have been doing a lot. This brings us to Part 3 of Zen and the art of Not Pushing: the fine line between doing and not pushing.
All of my clients who are open to adopting this Zen and Not Pushing approach to their lives and/or work ask me the same question: 'How do I know when I should do or not push?' The answer I hear myself giving is about developing awareness and discernment....
Just being in action for the sake of action has become somewhat of an epidemic in our society; both in business and personally. For most of my clients, their search for grounded abundant life in balance has made it necessary to take a closer look at what they are doing.
For example, over the past couple of weeks I have accomplished more than I have in the last 2 months. When I realized this, I had to contemplate whether I was pushing or not. Was I in action for the sake of being in action, or was I in right action? What awareness did I need to be able to make this discernment?
Because this journey into grounded abundance and a life in balance is still new for me, I developed a few questions to ask myself when I get in this situation. I pass them onto you.
- Why am I doing what I am doing?
- Am I clear about what needs to happen and why?
- Am I coming from my head or my gut? Using the entire body as a sensory device to give me information that informs my actions is both critical and fascinating. See my blog Strategic Planning through Fear and Vulnerability for more on this.
- Is what I am doing giving me energy or taking it away?
If I have the awareness to take the time and ask these questions and really listen to the answers, I can discern between pushing and not doing in most situations. And I am attracting results. Different results than when I push. Better results. Just the results I really want. I am continually amazed by the entire process.
I am finding that this whole life balance thing can be pretty simple. However, I often insist that it be very difficult. Hence the series of blogs as I work through it. Any thoughts or validations???