Step Out & Thrive Ministries with Bethany Boring
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SNAP Back Into It! 4 Steps To Help You Stay Grounded In Your Purpose

In my late 20’s, I was diagnosed with ADD. Most who know me totally understand this well.

My boys use it to their advantage. Hence the following conversation:

11-year-old: Mom do we have to clean our room?

Me: Yes!

6-year-old: Mommy, look I found a book!

8-year-old: Mom, isn’t that part of a book series?

Me: I wonder if the library has it? That would be great for you guys to read through (while googling the library)

Kids: Mom if we just go to the library we can see if they have it!

Me: Sure, we weren’t doing anything anyway…

I wish I could say this didn’t occur much, but I get off track way too easily. I can get completely overtaken by my emotions as an Enneagram 4 that I completely lose sight of where I am and what I’m supposed to be doing.

I love my Alexa Dot and my Evernote for helping me set reminders and creating task lists. My clients and my kids know both of these tools keep my life on track and moving.

But let’s get practical here for a minute. I am a writer and one of the most challenging moments for me in my ever-changing ADD world is the blank computer screen. I have a book chapter, ghostwriting project, blog post or email to write, but my mind is still processing through events that occurred 30 minutes ago, 2 days ago or even on “This Is Us” – last season!

I know I’m not the only one with this dilemma.

It’s so easy to give up on the project at hand to tackle what is going on in our minds. But can I help you move forward?

Ian Cron offered great advice to Michael Hyatt using the acronym SNAP. Let me explain:

SNAP: Stop, Notice, Ask. Pivot. 4 Steps To Get You Grounded In Your Purpose.

S: Stop.

Every hour, I set an alarm on my Alexa to help remind me to stop what I am doing. I take a few short breaths. When I inhale I say, “Abba” and when I exhale I say, “I belong to You.”  (I need to give credit to Brennan Manning for this exercise but I cannot recall which sermon he used this illustration for – but I use it all the time!). It allows me to simply get out of my head and into the present moment. This practice also enables me to remember who I am.

N: Notice.

After stopping, I take a minute to observe my surroundings. How long have I been working on this particular project? How many rabbit holes have I taken? Did I work through lunch? Is the house on fire? What day of the week is it? It’s too easy for me to get wrapped-up emotionally into ten to twelve projects at once. I take this time to remind myself where I’m at and where I need to be going.

A: Ask.

Noting that my surroundings are indeed intact, I’ll quickly ask myself three questions:

  1. What am I believing right now? (I’ll never get this done. Nobody cares what I have to say. I’m not a good writer. Am I just wasting my time?)
  2. Are these beliefs true? (I will get this done, I just need to refocus. I have clients, emails, and letters to show people do care about the words God has given me to share. God has given me the words to write so my value is found in Him. This time is spent more than just writing, but it is God’s way to love on me in a new way).
  3. How could this moment change if I let go of these lies I’m telling myself? (I can breathe deeper and allow God to use me in the way He created me in the first place. I can feel alive in Christ).

 

P: Pivot

Move forward! With a new mindset and restored vision, I can confidently get back into the project at hand (or stop doing a bogus Google search for library books!).

I love working with clients as they identify some of their core stronghold beliefs – the lies that continue to trip them up. In coaching, it’s amazing to watch God reclaim, restore and renew vision. It’s why I do what I do! If you are interested in becoming a client, look at the available coaching packages HERE.

As always, dare to do more than just survive, SNAP and then step out and thrive!

About the Author Bethany

Hello and welcome to Step Out And Thrive Ministries! My name is Bethany Boring and I am proud to be called a child of God before any other title or role. I am a mom to 3 amazing boys. I enjoy writing for this Step Out And Thrive community and walking with you as we venture through the ups and downs of life together. I am an ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach (Christian Coach Institute Graduate), Motivational and Inspirational Speaker, mentor, Certified Human Behavioral Consultant (DISC Personality) and an author. As always - dare to do more than just survive, step out and thrive!

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