Stop for a moment, and tell me...how do you feel in your body?
Do you feel tight and tense in your shoulders and back, or your haunches?
How is your breathing? Is it shallow and fast?
Do you miss what's going on around you because you're focused on what's going on in your head, eyes to the ground?
Does it feel like there isn't an easy answer to what's challenging you right now?
You may not have use this word for it, but I know you recognise how it feels to be in contraction. It's a tight, unnatural and uncomfortable feeling and we truly FEEL it in our bodies when we experience it. It feels like you're closed in a box too small for all your limbs, and you can't see solutions or opportunities even when they present themselves. You're too contained in your box.
Contrast contraction with expansion.
Expansion is light.
Expansion is openness.
Expansion is possibility.
Expansion is excitement.
Expansion is opportunity.
Expansion is creativity.
Expansion is asking better questions of yourself and others.
Expansion is having the same challenges as you do when you're in contraction, but you're coming at them from a very different, more open and abundant place, one that encourages "What if..?" questions. A place of no self-imposed limitations. When you're in expansion, you're able to think more creatively about your situation, expanding your options.
Contraction and expansion are like the difference between hope and desire, closed and open, fear and confidence, scarcity and abundance, surviving and thriving.
I've been listening to some mind-bending podcasts lately, that have had the unexpected outcome of expanding my mind to everything. When you listen to or read life-affirming material like this, it has a tangible impact on how you see the world. If you don't already listen to mind-expanding podcasts, do it now!
So stop and listen to your body.
How does it feel? Do you feel like you're in contraction or expansion?
PS Need help getting out of contraction and into expansion about your life and career? Book a call and let's discuss where you're at.
PPS Want to expand your mind? I'm very excited to announce I'll be launching my Womanly Art of Leadership Sessions podcast shortly! Stay tuned for more info soon!