As we approach the season of Lent it occurs to me that one of the biggest gifts you can give to yourself or anyone else for that matter is the power of forgiveness.
What does it mean to forgive ?
Forgiveness is letting go of the need for revenge and releasing negative thoughts of bitterness and resentment.
It is also a conscious, deliberate decision to release feelings of resentment or vengeance toward a person or group who has harmed you, regardless of whether they actually deserve your forgiveness.
When I consider what I have recently and currently been going through; the time of year it is; my journey and all that I have been and gone through to get to this point in my life I realise that forgiveness is the key to unlock the door to moving forward with no regrets.
The power of forgiveness allows you to be free…
I realise that we can function for a period of time without it but eventually we become stagnant and ineffective because of the negative influences that surround un-forgiveness, insecurities, pain, jealousy, anger and much more…
Take a moment to pause, reflect and be honest about where you are, and how you feel … is there un-forgiveness in your heart?
Are you able to exercise the power of forgiveness and let it go now?
Pausing gives you internal power, it causes us to really think about ourself, what we are doing from day to day, what we are doing with our life.
It causes us to challenge ourselves and ask the question how am I affecting my world around me.
You see, we have the power, each and every one of us , to change the way we treat ourselves , how we speak and treat one another, and how we affect our world around us.
In my last blog – Power of Pause prt2 I explained how Pausing allows you to take stock of what is really important and It helps you make the right decisions ….remember the old saying “Only Fools Rush In!!”
Well last week, I slipped back into the old habit of not pausing (unfortunately this can happened when we are too busy; being too busy can be distracting and when your distracted huge mistakes can be made.)
I had to make an important business decision in a short space of time with very little information or resource, but rather than; pausing to reflect on my vision, my long term goals and to think the decision through in its entirety….
I WENT FULL STEAM AHEAD!!!
The consequence of that mistake has added more to my work load and has added absolutely no value whatsoever!
The powerful message in this unfortunate mistake is….. I will never make that mistake again!!
So remember to the power of pause. Remember to pause and reflect — before you sign on with someone or some organisation, take that moment …. Use this Powerful tool – The Power of the Pause….You’ve earned it and you deserve it!
Welcome to the power of pause part 2 – click the link to read the power of pause if you missed it.
I discovered the power of pause is as a powerful tool when my life got out of control because I was constantly ‘on the go’….building someone else’s dream, trying to please everyone apart from myself, concentrating on the minor things in my life instead of pursuing the major.
Being self employed if you don’t work you don’t get paid… So always looking to make the next pound became the focus. Now, that is not entirely a bad thing because whatever you focus on is what you become…but without BALANCE & DISCIPLINE it can be soul destroying and a lonely place.
Today, I’m asking you to tap into the Power of Pause because I believe you have an important opportunity in front of you that could change your life and bring about the balance you need and deserve in your life.
Pausing allows you to take a breath in your life and take stock of what is really important. It helps you make the right decisions ….there is an old saying “Only Fools Rush In!!”As everybody else is rushing around like a lunatic out there, I dare you to do the opposite …I guarantee you will see things from a different perspective.
You have the power to make your life how you want it, you have the power to change the way you treat yourself; you can treat yourself the way you want to be treated without hesitation and once you discover and make this your way of way of life everything that is outside of you will treat you the same way too.
When you take that pause, at that moment you take control of your thinking, your actions and your results.
As the end of the year has passed and this new year of hope has begun I used the power of pause to take a moment to stop’ reflect and plan the steps I will take this year.
At the same time I was mindful not to jump on the band wagon by following the majority by making yet another set of new year resolutions, endless, empty promises & declarations that will fall by the wayside within a matter of a few moments never remembered by the middle let alone the end of the year.
This year I ‘Pause’!!
If this is you…don’t despair, don’t feel bad, but be encouraged that there is power in the pause.
You are not a failure but an overcomer and you can achieve anything if you believe.
I pause to catch my breath and slow this racing life down to consider all the outer and inner elements of my core, to reflect on the graciousness and mercy of God. To put all my aspirations & desires into prospective. To visualise, plan & strategise what this current year will bring for me and my family.
The Power of Pause is as much about what we don’t do as what we do. It allows me to be passive by stopping, letting go, being still….I exhale at the same time it allows me to be active, being attentive, conscious, take responsibility…I inhale
I ask myself …..
So how can make the significant changes I want in my world and stick to it, live through it, manage it, remember it & most of all….enjoy it so it benefits all?
I answer myself….
Commitment to the Vision, Responsibility to the Plans & Repetition of Strategy.
Being present in your moment and consistently committed to working that model will enable you to embrace and make the significant changes this year and lifetime.
Take action today Let go of the old & embrace the new.