Rachael O’Meara: Why Taking a “Pause” Can Make Your Life More Satisfying and Productive #57

Author Rachael O’Meara on Taking A Pause


“It’s not the norm, and it’s not really encouraged in our society and culture to slow down, to actually pause or intentionally shift your behavior, because it’s a little scary. You’re facing that fear of ‘What’s next?’ and you’re not really sure. But being the busy bodies that we are and going, going, going all the time — it’s a non-sustainable pace and way to live if you’re not checking in with yourself. And that’s really what Pause is all about.” ~Rachael O’Meara

I met Rachael O’Meara at the World Domination Summit in Portland, OR, a few years ago. She hosted a break-out meetup session around the topic of her current book, Pause, in which she explains how pausing can boost your emotional intelligence and ability to act, feel, and communicate authentically and responsibly through the process of creating space in your life for rest and reflection. The sub-title of the book is, “Harnessing the Power of Giving Yourself a Break,” which well describes the book and her leading of the meet-up.

Not only is the topic a relevant one for my life, I’m finding out that nearly every person I know needs a better understanding of how to take breaks, both large and small, in order to bring a fresh perspective and balance to their lives.

In addition to being an author, Rachael is a sales executive at Google San Francisco for the DoubleClick Ad Exchange and trains colleagues on emotional intelligence and how to be more aware to enhance performance in all areas of life. She is also a regular contributor to Huffington Post, has a podcast on the practice of pausing, and speaks and leads workshops on the topic as well.

It has taken me a couple of months to read Pause because I wanted to take my time and apply the principles as I was absorbing them. It’s been thoughtful and challenging, but a fruitful process to apply to my life. I hope you find Rachael’s insights equally beneficial.

Connect with Rachael:

Website: www.rachaelomeara.com
(Subscribe to Rachael’s email list and get a free download of the first two chapters of Pause.)

Resources/People Rachael mentioned:

The Wright Foundation: register for an upcoming training using the code REMATRIX at http://foundationsweekendtraining.com/ and referral by Rachael O’Meara.




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