Have you ever been in the situation where all you do is go go go, and you are getting tons done, and either aren’t seeing results, or you are seeing results, but you know it isn’t sustainable? This is a trap I often found myself in, especially when I was working a full time job and trying to start my own business. Every so often all of the healthy habits that are so important to me would just fall to the side. There I was trying to help women add healthy cooking, sleep, and exercise to their schedule, but so busy doing that I wasn’t adding it to mine!
My own mentor pointed out that ‘doing’ was all masculine energy, and ‘receiving’ was all feminine energy. If I wanted to be successful without burning out, I’d have to balance both. The same holds true if you’re trying to start a new exercise practice or a new way of eating. If you aren’t having fun, chances are you aren’t getting the best results. Not only that, but often times when we get overwhelmed we’ve lost site of what truly matters – our health and happiness!
Typically 20% of our actions give us 80% of our results, so the trick is to just do the 20% and drop what you can of the rest.
Here are 5 ways to move from the masculine ‘doing’ to the feminine ‘receiving’:
- Schedule your personal time first, and then see what else fits into your schedule.
- Get really realistic with your schedule and prioritize. Ask yourself, “Do I need to do this now?” If yes, schedule it. If not, ask, “Can I let this go?”
- Ask for help! Help can be from friends, partners, coaches, or mentors.
- Ask yourself, “How can I bring more joy and less effort into what I am doing?”
- Ask yourself, “How can I bring more playfulness into what I am doing?”
Whenever you become anxious or stressed, outer purpose has taken over, and you lost sight of your inner purpose. You have forgotten that your state of consciousness is primary, all else secondary.
Eckhart Tolle, spiritual teacher and author of The Power of NOW
What is one task that you are going to drop from your schedule? How are you going to balance ‘doing’ with ‘receiving’?