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We all could use a time-out by Tanya Smith

Aug 31st, 2009 | By | Category: Career Coaching

Have you ever had one of those weeks that just wore you out? Yes? Me too.

I can’t even explain where all the time went or what I accomplished right now. I just know I’m tired. This afternoon, I was driving and kicking myself, thinking about a work project that I knew I wanted to finish, but yet again – hadn’t finished.

I didn’t realize that I didn’t have any music or noise on in the car until about 5 minutes into driving. The quiet was almost deafening to my ears. It was amazing that there really was no sound other than the hum of my car, and guess what?? I loved it. In fact, I took the whole trip without turning on any noise. No distractions for me; just quiet time.

Later this evening, I had the kiddos with me. We were quietly heading home again – no DVD, no Disney music. I’m in the center lane of a 3 lane, busy road in rush hour traffic when I hear instinctually, “look at what’s happening”. There was a car sitting in the middle of the center lane at a dead stop with no one in it. Apparently, it had stalled and the driver left it sitting there in major traffic. I started blowing on my horn loudly to alert the guy behind me in case he was texting, or something crazy. I slowed down just in time not to hit the still car & the car behind me stopped…barely.

I can honestly say that if I had all the distractions I normally experience in my car, I would never have reacted to this situation in time.

Whether it’s for your own peace of mind, or to help you really get focused and alert, quiet time is an amazing gift. So here’s my coaching question – What time do you spare in your life right now to eliminate all distractions? What steps can you take within the next 48 hours to make room to hear the “still, small voice”?  (1 Kings 19:12)


Tanya Smith, the Career Transformation Coach, helps mid-career professional women liberate themselves so they can enjoy waking up daily to work they love.  Need affordable coaching options and the opportunity for residual income by helping others experience coaching? Visit Tanya at for more details about a phenomenal opportunity with Compass. Become a fan for exclusive, free resources on Facebook at

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