Productivity is not simply activity. Without a clear vision, a heartfelt why, and a clear strategy, you will waste your resources - time, energy and money. You will also increase the likelihood that you will create dis-ease in your body from overworking and stress.

On the surface, these different aspects would appear to be disconnected issues. Really, underneath there is a cause for the effects. The cause is a lack of "brain awareness" - we don't understand how to control our own brain and mind, consciously. We have lost a sense of PEACE in our lives because we live in "pieces." Just running down a to-do list or creating a goal without a clear context and clarity for long-term results will cause burnout - emotionally, physically and organizationally. You won't have a sense of purpose. The interesting fact is that we must slow down in order to accelerate our results. Life is full of paradox. When we can optimally operate our brain, we can perform at our best.

Our left-brain logic alone doesn't see the "big picture." It is great at steps and strategies, but if you don't create a clear blueprint, a clear map, you will probably end up who knows where. Our right brain is wonderful at the big picture. Yet, we will have to slow down to see it. Reflection comes when accessing not only our right-brain but also the area of our brain that can envision and problem-solve. You need a calm mind to access this level of thinking. This is the area that pulls together SEEMINGLY dissimilar parts. It weaves new creative solutions together. Then your left-brain can take action on these new ideas. The catch here is that you will have to be willing to slow down in order to:

1. Understand 'how' your brain operates optimally
2. Use this understanding to direct your brain more skillfully
3. Learn tactics and tools that help you to retrain your brain within the context of life

We were not born with brains that are hyperactive and scattered - or stuck. We trained our brain in these ways. The good news is that it can be rewired with intention and a willingness to learn and grow. This is best done within the context of work and life. It's on-the-job, living-in-life training. Our brains learn by applying. Yet we need to apply new blueprints that come from heartfelt intention and inner clarity. When you slow down to get clear, you can accelerate your results and perform at your best.

Author's Bio: 

Valencia Ray, M.D. teaches business owners and corporate leaders how their amazing brain can actually hijack personal power -- not in the abstract, but in the context of integrating business and personal life. Dr. Ray, a board-certified eye surgeon and medical business owner for over 20 years before selling her practice, shares her own life changing process. By sharing her story, she helps others to expand their vision and learn that by living with purpose and confidence, it is possible to have a more integrated, healthier lifestyle - with less struggle, more inner peace and more abundance.

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