Stop1Mark Twain famously said “The secret to getting ahead is getting started.”  I agree! Many times I tell my clients that to get unstuck or to move forward they just have to start. So today it may seem strange when I tell you that sometimes one of the first things you need to do is stop! So here are three reasons you need to stop today:

stop 51. Stop procrastinating: I am a great list maker. My friends think I keep Post-it company in business. Lists are great as long as you do something with them. Procrastination is a hard thing to stop doing. Here are a couple of things to think about:
a. Recognize that you’re procrastinating.
b. Figure out why you’re procrastinating. What is the real reason you’re not doing what needs to be done?
c. Discover ways to get past procrastinating. Reward yourself for getting the job done or ask someone to hold you accountable.
One of things I ask my clients when we discuss why they are procrastinating is: What is gained by doing the task today instead of tomorrow. So stop procrastinating and get started.

stop 62. Stop and Make a Plan: I am always excited when people make a decision about changing their lives and want to charge right into. Sometimes the best way to channel that enthusiasm is not by charging into it but by creating a plan on where you want to get to and how you want to get there. A plan is a road map to your journey. Before you take the first step stop and make a plan. It will make the journey easier.

3. Stop and Communicate: I think one of the best things you can do is stop and communicate your plan with a trusted friend and family member.   This will do two things: by saying it out loud it will make it real for you, also it will hold you accountable to your plan.

stop 74. Stop and Check Your Speed: I am very prone to starting a project and going at it at warp speed. That has served me well when it has worked, but it has been a mess when it hasn’t. Sometimes we need to stop what we are doing and check to see if we are moving ahead too quickly, too slowly or not at all. I find that things have a natural way of unfolding in life and by rushing ahead or lagging behind we miss out on great opportunities. So as you move forward in your life stop and check your speed.

Sometimes stopping and taking stock of your life is just as important as moving ahead quickly. Think of your life as a highway and along your journey there are Rest Stops for you to pull off the road and figure out where you are, how fast you are going and create a plan. Today, take a moment and Stop.

If you need help, a life coach can help you create a plan to let go and move forward. Whether you are local or on the other side of the world I am here to help. If you need a life coach, please do not hesitate to contact me at Have a great day and don’t forget: Life is a journey, not a destination!

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STOP! was originally published on Stephen Halpin – Communication Coach


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