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Coaching Corner: Break for success

By “Coach” Marilou Butcher Roth

As I write, it is Thursday evening and I am heavily (and happily) in preparation for a family party we are having on Sunday. It’s a rather large and special one, as my oldest set of twins turn 40!!

Not exactly sure how we arrived at this point, but that is indeed another matter. Progress is being made on my list of action items to ensure a great time, and then I notice I am no longer in the mood to keep going. Have you ever been there?

So, I made a decision to take a break — there was a show I had wanted to catch up on that would take about an hour. Ahh, it was lovely…and following the show I felt energized and ready to continue my previous tasks. Now, this may not be news to you all, but I had always had the mentality that when I had something of significance to accomplish, I just needed to push my way through until completion. I have been finding over the past few years that taking a break when you need to is imperative for getting positive results, not just completing the task at hand.

In fact, this falls in line with how we need to be tuning in generally to ourselves, following what wants to happen, rather than generating that PUSH to get things done. There is more of a flow that occurs and I have found time and time again that everything goes much smoother when I pay attention to me!

This week, try following your instincts and see what happens. Instead of opening the fridge and looking for food, tune in to see if you are actually hungry. Instead of staying up til all hours completing paperwork, check in with yourself and your energy to see if persevering will benefit your outcome or might be a deterrent.

Keep it simple!


Marilou Butcher Roth is the owner of The MBR Group, a coaching and training company working primarily with REALTORS who have a desire to work and live from a more inspired place. She is also the Broker/Owner of Group REALTORS in Cincinnati.

Marilou is a member of the OAR Board of Directors and past chairman of the organization’s Communications Committee. Feel free to contact Marilou to see if coaching is right for you: Marilou@mbr-group.com


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