Change Agent: Melissa Alvarez

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#94 Get out of your own way


Unknown-1We live in a society where we’re always on the go, always have plans and schedules and agendas to uphold. When problems arise in life, we try to fix them by whatever means necessary so we can get back to our schedules and lists. However, this isn’t always the best course of action to take. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in what we need to do that we forget what we need to be.

Instead of constantly doing something to stay busy, try stepping out of your own way. Perhaps you just need to wait a while for the answer to come and the situation to resolve itself. When you get actively involved in “fixing” a situation, especially one that is out of your control, you’re just getting in your own way, blocking yourself from obtaining a resolution. It’s difficult to sit back and not do anything when you can imagine all sorts of ways to “help.” Evaluate each situation and notice when you’re just getting in your own way by being overly involved. You don’t always have to be moving at the speed of sound to accomplish goals or learn lessons. Sometimes you just need to let the dish simmer for a while instead of rushing around adding spices and stirring and fasting and ruining the flavor with your extra efforts. It could be that facing a situation head on is as simple as looking at it with a clear, relaxed mind and doing nothing.

*First, determine the action needed, even if that is inaction.