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Getting Your Second Wind

Can you believe it’s fall already? There are only three more months left until the end of the year. Are you feeling overwhelmed or indecisive, wondering which way to go or what decisions to make? If so, I have a little story for you, along with some tips, and a quick video.

Which path would you take?

I had a birthday last week. I decided to take the day off and headed with my husband to a nearby park that has a large lake and nature trails. It’s been a rough season and I needed a break to catch my second wind.

We brought picnic lunches, water bottles, and yes, I brought a drum. Tapping out some beats by the lake was on my agenda. It felt great!

I then put the drum back in the car and we headed to the trails. We looked at the trail markers and noticed that there were five trails to choose from.

“Which one should we choose?” my husband asked.
“Whichever one has a view of the lake,” I replied.

We knew we had to take a trail on the left to head towards the water.

Beautiful lake

Tip #1: Know where you want to go and make a choice that will get you closer to that goal.

We could’ve chosen a trail that went through the woods. While this would have been a perfectly acceptable and peaceful choice, it wouldn’t have met my goal: Getting photos of the water (See above photo.).

Once this goal was achieved, we headed back. There was only one problem: The trail markers disappeared. What do you do when you feel lost?

Tip #2: Look around and look up.

I looked around for clues and landmarks and I looked up to find the water tower in the distance. This also applies to business and life decisions. I often have to look to see what I already have and I look up to God for guidance.

Tip #3: Don’t panic! Stop and take a breath!

Even if you feel lost or things seem out of your control, know that it is possible to get back on track and find your way. Here’s a little video with an exercise I do with my clients. I also did this after my accident and it really helped me focus and feel better.

If you need help recalibrating, I’m available for virtual drum therapy sessions. They include more than just drumming. Click here for more info.

How about you? What do you do to refocus and get back on track? Feel free to leave a comment below!

Dori the Drum ChickDori Staehle, MBA is from the Raleigh, NC area and is a certified drum therapist, drum teacher, percussionist, mentor, ADHD specialist, Toca percussion artist, and owner of Next Stage Drumming. Her mission is to empower kids and adults and help them focus, get unstuck, and heal – with drumming! Dori is also an inspirational speaker, and author of Find Your Divine Rhythm: A Creative’s Success Formula. She will soon be releasing her second book, which is about rising up and finding your purpose. Dori is able to deliver talks and training virtually to anyone all over the world.