Be Awake. Be intentional.

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On a scale from one to ten, how awake do you feel in your life? Are you paying attention to the most important things right now? As summer comes to an end, think about these questions during this transitional time.

I was recently talking with a retail executive, and she shared with me that her team stepped away from their phones and computers for a whole strategy session. Everyone noted that they were present with one another in a new way. One of the comments was: I actually felt like I was paying attention to what I needed to, instead of the 10 distractions that come up every hour.

I am sure you can relate to the feeling of distractions running your life. And every day, whether we want to admit it or not, we pay a price for not being awake to this. Our actions and inactions have impact.

When I hear the phrase, “be awake”, I always think of a stanza in William Stafford’s poem, “A Ritual to Read to Each Other”.

For it is important that awake people be awake, or a breaking line may discourage them back to sleep; the signals we give- yes or no, or maybe - should be clear: the darkness around us is deep.


We have too much at stake to be in multiple places at once. Don’t look at Facebook or check your emails during a call. Don’t text someone else when someone is talking to you. These actions may seem trivial, yet they are signals.

And we are all guilty of doing them from time to time.

Focus on an area of your life that you can be more awake and use this transitional time of the year to make real progress. What parts of your life are you sleeping through?

There’s no better time than now.

Last updated on September 7, 2016

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