I don’t like Mondays…

Getting out of weekend-mode where I have more flexibility in my schedule is hard for me.⁣

In fact, I don’t like transitions in general.⁣

Even though I appreciate change when I’m on the other side of it.⁣

I literally love every single aspect of being a business owner. ⁣

But man some transitions, like the “Sunday to Monday” one, are tough for me. ⁣

This is probably why I’m a sucker for coaching tools… they’re specifically designed to help you through your very own personal change management process.

Last week, I was chatting with one of my biz buddies about the thousands of transitions that we go through every day and it made me take more notice of how I handle them myself. ⁣

We go from our morning routines, to our workplaces, and then rush from task to task or meeting to meeting at the office… often mindlessly… and then we get to the end of our day wondering why we’re so grumpy and annoyed. ⁣

Yeah, big surprise… Having the time to process, take stock, and shift gears in our daily routines is actually A THING :)⁣

But society doesn’t value transition time, which requires us to be in “I don’t know” land for a while. ⁣

We’re supposed to know what we’re doing, where we’re heading, and how we’re going to get there at all times. Being in the fertile place of “I know know… I’m just taking stock right now” is just as unsettling for us as it is for others to hear.⁣

Seriously, next time you meet someone, try it just for kicks. When they ask you how you’re doing, tell them that hitting pause on your life, taking stock, and you’re not sure what’s next for you… and watch them squirm with discomfort… (and for extra credit, then watch how you react to their squirming).⁣

Somewhat sadistic social experiments aside… this all came to a head for me as I was doing my yin yoga routine this morning. ⁣

Yin yoga is where it’s at. If you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend it. ⁣

It’s essentially like regular yoga but you hold the poses for 3-7 minutes. I haven’t found anything that makes my body (and consequently me) feel so aligned. ⁣

It relaxes my tense muscles, slows down my breathing and my thinking… and I’ve heard that it even releases the trauma that we store in our bodies (i.e., in our fasciae).⁣

Now with yin yoga, you’re supposed to find the balance between effort and relaxation in the poses.⁣

And so what do I typically do? ⁣

The opposite! (Of course…)⁣

I typically try and stretch further as soon as I feel like I’ve hit a plateau in the pose.⁣

Power through, keep reaching, keep achieving… just like I handle other transitions in my life. ⁣

Hit a new level of success in my business?⁣

No time to stop. What’s now? How do I hit the next level?⁣

It’s all so exciting… so thrilling…⁣

And guess what? It’s also all so exhausting… so anxiety-provoking… and so “un-grounding.”⁣

Yeeeeeesh, what a recipe for disaster. ⁣

But these past few weeks, I’ve been practicing the art of appreciating the fruits of my labour. ⁣

So in my last few yoga practices, including the one this morning, when I felt my body relax into the poses… (i.e., when I no longer felt the “effort” in the stretch), I didn’t push further.⁣

I just stopped and appreciated the feeling of the stretch that I had achieved. ⁣

It was sooooo weird. ⁣

And so good. ⁣

Striking the balance between effort and relaxation, between working hard to achieve and then letting go, between accomplishing and appreciating… is such a beautiful thing when you can see it in this way. ⁣

I often tell my coaching clients that the way we do one thing is the way that we do everything. ⁣

Whatever pattern (good, bad, or ugly) is showing up in one area of your life is probably at play in other areas as well.⁣

Hang out with me long enough and you’ll start seeing pretty much everything in your life as a metaphor for well… everything in your life. ⁣

I am grateful for my yoga practice and to all of the coaching tools that I’ve learned over the years to help me shift, learn, grow… and STOP so that I can smell the roses.⁣

So my invitation to you, my dear readers is to take some time this week to notice how you handle the small (seemingly mundane) transitions in your life. How do you feel when you shift gears? What feels right? What feels out of whack? And where do you need to readjust your personal transition process?⁣

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