The Power of Pause

Published 26 October 2020

“To advance in your career, you need to grow in your skills. To be a better spouse or parent, you need to grow in relationships. To reach your financial goals, you need to grow in your knowledge about how money works”. - John C. Maxwell
The Power of Pause

Life is busy and there is no time to waste! Work is always piling up and you must keep moving to keep up. But, when we are extremely busy, we produce the least. If we are not careful (and most of us aren’t), we will find ourselves in a stagnate position, where our own busyness hinders our productivity and development - We burn out. The problem is quite simply, we are too busy to reflect and ask ourselves: How do I feel right now? What is working and what is not? What needs to change, and what doesn’t.

Pause: A way of letting growth catch up with us.

What we need, to keep moving and keep up with work, is to be able to press PAUSE and identify and reflect on what must change in our career. Here are three reasons why you should take a pause to reflect on your career:

  1. It closes the gap between work and development and turns experience into useful insight.

    When you haven't performed well at work, what should you do? You should probably take a step back and reflect on what went wrong, what you have learned, and what you could have done better? This gives you the chance to make intentional changes that WILL NOT happen by themselves.

  2. It helps you plan your future direction

    When you are busy at work and the assignments are piling up, it's easy to go in the direction your boss or colleagues wants you too. We tend to forget why we do what we do and where we would like it to take us. Taking a break, helps you regroup, and consider if you are on the right track or if you are off course.

  3. Nobody will do it for you

    YOU have to reflect on YOU. Don’t assume that you will automatically grow – you won’t. Professional growth will not just happen, you must identify your own gaps and strategies. Don’t do the same thing every day, and still wonder why your outcomes aren’t changing. Intentional growth requires responsibility, that only you can take – don’t wait for growth to come.

When you take on intentional reflections, you facilitate deeper learning, by creating opportunities to digest and integrate your learnings in your everyday life. This is a process that can be performed in a structured way, by implementing personal growth goals and professional sparing. LevelUp helps you connect with your personal goals and a certified professional, that will challenge your daily assumptions.