December 7th, 2017 | Kelli Young

The importance of taking a pause

How often do we take time to pause and reflect?

Few of us have regularly scheduled times of reflection. This does not have to be in the form of daily meditation or prayer, although both are very healthy practices. I am referring to a day, a weekend or a week to reflect on where we have been, who we are now and where we want to go.

Sometimes, a pause is forced upon us by major events in our lives like a job change or tragic accident happening to ourselves or someone close to us. These unexpected pauses can certainly end up having a silver lining, however history has shown us that people who are the most content and have the most growth in their lives make time for consistent purposeful pauses.

During the 4th quarter, we at Miller Advisors make a special effort to take a pause to review where we have been, what we are currently doing and how we can improve our service to our clients. Regular business and goal planning are very important to us both as a company and as individuals. This topic always reminds me of a co-worker I once had who integrated a pause into his life. Once a year he and his wife would take a long weekend and plan their next year’s goals. Scheduling vacations, household maintenance and other family priorities both personal and financial were scheduled in a setting that was uncluttered and relaxing. They held each other accountable for the decisions made and they rarely made changes to the agreed plans, even-though they were made months ahead of time. Identifying the person(s) in your own life that can fulfill that role is an integral part of successful goal planning.
With 2017 drawing to a close, I encourage you to plan your own purposeful pauses for the coming year, even if it is only one day.

“May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been, the foresight to know where you’re going and the insight to know when you’ve gone too far.”

– Irish Blessing