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If Stress is Getting the Better of You

Are you feeling stressed or blessed? Stress can sneak up on you when you least expect it. Before you know it, it gets the better of you and you’re repeating old patterns. That’s when it’s time to stop and re-assess. How did this happen?

Just because it’s easy for you doesn’t mean you should do it

Sometimes you slip into old patterns without even knowing it. For me, this often happens when I say yes to things I shouldn’t have. There are doors that should’ve stayed shut but sure enough, someone would say “Hey Dori, can you help me with…” And I’d re-open that door and walk right through.

Why? Because they were asking me to do things that I knew I could do and that come easy for me. This time around, however, red flags began to pop up all over the place as if to say “Danger, Will Robinson!” Ok, you’d have to be old enough to remember the TV show Lost in Space to get that but stick with me.

After two big projects didn’t pan out like I had expected, it was game over. I knew I had to make the difficult decision to drop what was no longer working and what was consuming way too much of my time and energy. I dropped two of my businesses, Next Stage Entertainment and Rock the Next Stage. I had been thinking about doing this for some time and it became abundantly clear that now was time to walk away. It was a difficult but necessary decision. My health and sanity depended on it. I had to admit that I’m not Wonder Woman after all.

Assessing your priorities

If you’re feeling stressed out or at a crossroads, ask yourself the following:

1) What do you need to drop?
2) Is this what you should really be doing at this point in your life or do you have another calling?
3) What would your life be like if you weren’t juggling so many plates, or businesses, social media accounts, etc.
4) Is stress making your feel scattered, anxious, or short-tempered?
5) What are some healthy things you can do to help you focus and manage your stress levels?
6) If you’re trying to move your business or career forward, have you ever created a business plan? This can greatly improve your clarity! There are plenty of free templates online.

As for me, I need to listen to my own advice and make time to drum more. Therapeutic drumming reduces stress and ADHD symptoms really well. I can’t sit still or calm my brain enough to meditate, so drumming is a way for me to not only clear my mind but also to receive some Divine downloads from God.

The decision to move onto the Next Stage

I’ve gained some major clarity in the past two weeks, which explains the complete overhaul of my website. If you’re intrigued and want to know what messages God has given me about Next Stage Drumming, well stick with me and buckle up! It’s going to be a fun ride. I was told that I need to clear the runway to get ready for takeoff. That meant dropping the things that were holding my mission back. All I know is he told me “Get ready! It’s time to dance!”

Care to join me?

Dori Staehle, MBA is from the Raleigh, NC area. She is the founder and CEO of Next Stage Drumming. Dori is a drum therapist, drum teacher, percussionist, and ADHD specialist. Her mission is to help creative kids and adults avoid stimulants and embrace their gifts. She offers personalized, science-based programs for individuals and groups that involve drum therapy, mentoring, ADHD coaching, and motivation. Dori is the best-selling author of Find Your Divine Rhythm: A Creative’s Success Formula and the creator of the 20-year study called The Gifted/ADHD Connection. If you’d like more info or to book Dori, click here.