A few days ago, I was talking to a friend who is also a coach, about how little interest and energy had for her business that week, as in none. Like me, she is no stranger to these periodic down times, and she knows they don't last forever. However, it doesn't seem to matter how many times she's moved through these spaces, she still has to wrestle with the mental discomfort that arises.
In this world where being “on” and productive is highly valued, it’s not easy when the energy for your work – or anything else in life – suddenly drops. It doesn't take long before your mind starts telling you tales about why you need to suck it up and keep going. What drives this? Well, there are many things, but I want to highlight one in particular.
We have tied our results so tightly to what we DO that we have forgotten that we are not in charge of the universe, and that life happens.
Before you watch the video this conversation inspired, I invite you to contemplate this:
- What if your current "productive capacity" is actually a reliable gauge for what is needed from you in any given moment?
- What if it's also true that the time required for you to regenerate and recharge – however long that is – is equally as productive as those times when you're engaged and humming along in your various projects and activities?
In the video, "Is Nothing Happening when You're Doing Nothing?" I talk about what we say to ourselves when we suddenly have no apparent interest in the things we have told ourselves we “should” be doing and what makes it so difficult to honor these ebbs in our productivity.
Before you watch I offer one more contemplation: You can’t have the Yang without the Yin, yet we act as if Yang (do energy) is better than Yin (gestating/receiving energy). Silly us.