Time stands still…

Sometimes we need to hit the pause button

Albert Einstein said, “He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.”

Wise words from Einstein, it is just a shame so many of us fail to do so. Sometimes we all need to press the pause button in order to move forward.

For me pressing the ‘pause’ button was not an option, pause didn’t exist. This is not to say I didn’t recognise the need and benefits of taking ‘time out’, I did and I thought I took time out, but I never hit the ‘pause’ button. This would mean I had failed right? 

Wrong. Sometimes hitting the pause button is a far better option – it doesn’t mean not doing something, you will simply come back to it, which is what I have done with my blogs but this wasn’t easy. 

There have been so many occasions during my working life when I’ve become frustrated because things don’t move fast enough – managers or businesses can’t make decisions and things don’t get done. 

At the time I thought things were not moving because people were scared to make decisions or not willing/able to put in the work required to get things moving. Whilst this was certainly true on some occasions there were times when the pause button needed to be pressed.

I didn’t understand this at the time. I became frustrated because things weren’t moving or decisions weren’t being made – this left me feeling let down, angry and it’s probably fair to say slightly disengaged. Why? It’s simply because I didn’t understand why they had hit the pause button.

If my previous managers and businesses I have worked with had been open and honest, explaining why they needed to hit ‘pause’, I would have remained engaged.

It comes back to having open and honest conversations. We are more likely to respond and act more responsibly and generously when employers, brands, clients and customers treat us as individuals and have conversations with us about the ‘why’ and the ‘how’.

There are times we may need to hit the pause button so that you can step off the roller coaster and re-focus. Doing so can improve performance – think about sports and the research showing the benefits associated with rest-pause training.

The mind is the same – hitting pause is sometimes required to ensure we make the right decision. It’s how we communicate why you are hitting pause that’s important.

“It’s not only moving that creates new starting points. Sometimes all it takes is a subtle shift in perspective, an opening of the mind, an intentional pause and reset, or a new route to start to see new options and new possibilities.” Kristin Armstrong.

About the author: Emma Price