The pause speeds the sprint

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We humans are built for sprints and rests of effort and work. Yet modern business is built on the sprint marathon oxymoron – steady upward growth, and often sustained panic.

We’re okay with the sprint. We just don’t know how to stop. It’s the pauses that can scare the heck out of us. And that’s exactly where we need to be challenged.

Pauses help us persist and be at our best. It’s when we get smarter. As Tony Schwartz and Jim Loehr laid out in their book The Power of Full Engagement, it’s energy management, not time management.

And energy management means strategically disengaging to facilitate maximum engagement. In other words, we need to walk away from something if we want to get closer to it.

The pause speeds the sprint.

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