Episode 73: The Purposeful Pause - How Women Get Colossal Results By Contracting Before We Expand

Mar 29, 2021

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When we talk about being successful, both as humans and in our professional work, we usually refer to climbing some sort of proverbial ladder. Whether it’s a corporate or an entrepreneurial ladder, we all want to keep going up. 

But if we’re in a constant state of “up”, we miss out on all the in between. 

There’s value in the in between. If you don’t take the time to pause, you’re not taking the time to process. 

This month, Karlee has been focusing on the significance of professional nourishment. So, naturally,  this is the perfect time to introduce our very first Culmination episode. 

At the end of every month, Karlee will bring together the best and brightest bits of wisdom from the previous episodes of that month. The culmination episode will focus on how you can actually apply the wisdom you’ve collected from the month in your own life. 

Culmination is a time for nourishment. 

Growth isn’t actually in the shape of a ladder. It’s more like a spiral staircase. You still move upward, but with every step you take up, culmination invites you to circle back and reflect upon the wisdom gained from each previous footfall. 

When we build in moments to pause, and reflect on our experiences before automatically moving on to the next thing, we can actually harvest the nourishing wisdom that we’ve collected.

This is an invitation to go deeper into what's working.

In this episode, Karlee weaves in audience questions and comments with the top clips from this month into a rich conversations around professional sustainability. She’ll map out how you can make space for nourishment, and explains why it’s so important to pause and reflect. Leaning into the wisdom of listeners and  guests, she’ll also identify what it means when we feel guilt, and how that feeling can actually be a clue as to whether or not we’re truly living our values.

If you’re ready to reap the benefits of pause and create space for nourishment in your life, then this episode is for you! 

What You’ll Learn in This Episode:

  • Why the time to consider a deeper form of nourishment is now (9:05)
  • A “nourishment” refresher (11:00)
  • Getting past the distractions and making time for nourishment (14:15)
  • Following up (and through!) on the 5 Better Questions (22:51)
  • Changing our relationship with guilt (31:30)
  • How to know when you’re honoring your values (36:40)

Resources Mentioned In This Episode: 

Episode 3: Done Burning Out? The 4 phases of growth and sustaining success

Episode 69: Out of Sync? How Wise Women are Receiving Nourishment

Episode 70: Thinking About Change? How We Find Focus and Make Elevated Choices

Website:  David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry

Master Sheet for Focus

Episode 71: Tired of Feeling Guilty? How Wise Women are Exploring Guilt and Becoming Better Leaders with Catherine Flavin

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