Slowww downnnnn

On this day of your life, I believe God wants you to know…

If you are pooped, tired, and exhausted from the race of life, try slowing down. This is not a sprint, dear friend. Slowwwww down.

Something wonderful happens when we pace ourselves in our tasks, relationships and even our thoughts. Be present today in conversations. Slow down long enough to get a reply, or to notice your anxiety or to smell the roses.

Hurrying through your day only leads to mistakes, careless words, missed opportunities, and frustration. The journey is a long one so take a pause, slow down long enough to enjoy all the yummy goodness along the way. In slowing down, you get refueled and inspired to face the next lap.

Here’s a promise: The race isn’t given to the gal who sprints in a sweaty, fast mess with flailing arms and collapsed lungs. It’s the gal who finishes to the end in complete reliance that gets the prize.

And, oh look. Timothy agrees: Check out 2 Timothy 4:7

I encourage you to take a moment today to rest. Get alone, quiet yourself and cease from striving. Let what IS– just BE. Slow down long enough to hear yourself breathe. Be still and know that God is in control. The answers you are looking for, the solution to that paramount problem, the healing in that broken relationship and the missing peace in your heart are all within arms reach if you slow down just enough to get catch them. you’re going too fast to grasp the things in life that really matter. Slow your roll. ­čśë

Days from now this post will make sense. For now, trust God, who is the best coach with a spotless track record.

Speeding up life takes the flavor out of it. Take a moment to savor what is on your way to what will be. God is in the stillness.

On your mark … get ready… slowwwww! ┬áPace yourself, my friend.

I’m cheering you on! ┬áBrenda B

Perfectly imperfect

This week, I wanna share my favorite quotes on perfectionism. Why? I am glad you asked.

I continue to work with amazing people who have big dreams but feel stuck with fears and self-doubts. This past week, in particular, I coached clients who struggle with a subtle but real version of fear: perfectionism. Together, we had the painfully difficult work of redefining perfectionism and calling it for what it really is: fear. Fear of being judged. Fear of putting ourselves out there. Fear of having our work scrutinized. Fear of failing. Fear of succeeding. It is a sneaky version of fear…so subtle and crafty that it poses as a friend, a badge of pride, something we align and partner with. We use it as an excuse for why we haven’t started, haven’t launched, difficult to please, not going after something we really want. Cause you know some of us wear perfectionism like a badge. Ugh.

Friends, more often than not, perfectionism is fear in disguise. For me, it has been a choke hold that steals the play, fun, and joy out of creating the life, business or relationships of my dreams. Perfectionism often leads to dissatisfaction. In reality, I often used perfectionism as an excuse to stay stuck, stalled, playing small, not starting, critiquing others while staying safe in the stands –never getting in the arena. Can you relate?

So here’s the dealio: Instead of preaching at ya, I am simply posting my favorite quotes on this topic. Would you prayerfully read them all, pick one that stands out to you, and carry it with you this week as you do your work, relate to your loved ones and take risks. By changing your mindset you will move away from the fear and perfectionism that paralyzes us and keeps us away from the life we know is possible.

I am learning afresh that my mindset is the starting place to life and career breakthroughs. As I have shifted my mindset in this area of my life, I have been more willing to show up and take leaps of faith in my life. What would you do, if you didn’t feel the need to be perfect at it? That thing…do it!

Brenda B

Where in your busy life could you insert a simple conversation with God? Adding some prayer to your┬ácrazy busy life may be just what the doctor ordered to tame the busyness. Don’t worry about the time you don’t have to pray. What about the time you already have and use every day to do essential things. Brushing your teeth? In the shower? On the commute to work? ┬áBefore you know it, brushing those pearlies will be a trigger to remind you to pray for your family and the people who bring a smile to your face. ┬áThe drive to work spent listening for GOd’s agenda for the workweek. A shower? Well, use that time to wash off all the grime of the day, forgiving those who have hurt you. One drop of water at a time, see your offenses washing off like water off a duck’s back.