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10 Tips for Slowing Down and Learning from a Type B

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10 Tips for Slowing Down and Learning from a Type B




You’re pretty proud of being “Type A,” aren't’ you?  After all, Type A people are producers, go-getters, successful and fun.  You wouldn’t say it in just any circles, but in your head people who aren’t Type A are pretty much “losers.”  They are lazy, uncommitted, lacking passion. There is a sense of pride in being a Type A, driven, passionate soul.


Pacing oneself is defined differently by Type A folks and others. A Type A sees pacing himself as driving to a meeting without talking on his phone, and on a really hectic day, he’ll leave the radio off too, so he can think clearly….for ten minutes.  The mindset doesn’t change. Push, push and push some more. It’s a necessity. Impatience with others is one of his struggles. People just get in the way at the worst times. They’re barriers to his goals which are calling, calling, calling.

Adrenaline rushes come with constant ringtones, bleeps and buzzes surrounding him constantly. One report showed that the average person looks at their smart phone 150 times per day.


Type A’ers know no respecter of genders.  Women are as full of the ‘driven’ gene as men.  If women are multi-tasking, look out! On the go from early to late, and beyond late gets the job done. The problem with this culture of pressure, technology and drive to succeed is that no one seems to know how to stop, rest, and refresh anymore. In fact, some never see the need to do that until their body collapses or rebels with some disease rooted in stress.  Relationships suffer as well, when things are out of balance. Being proud of being a Type A might be considered the pride that goes before the fall. Maybe, just maybe we should all take a more circumspective look at Type B personalities and evaluate them a bit differently. They are, after all, solid producers as well, and might just know how to enjoy life on the way to success.


If you see yourself in this mad world of Type A drivenness, but you would love to discover a healthier balance that works, here are a few tips.


  1. Dedicate 15 minutes each morning to leave the phone off or in another room, get away from the computer and all electronics, to sit down, breathe deeply, read a Psalm, and pray. Notice your body rhythms and breathing. Quiet your soul as God refreshes you. Don’t think about work or deadlines. Listen for the leading of the Holy Spirit.

  2. Use your lunch hour to once again, do some deep breathing, turn off the phone and laptop, take a short walk, stretch your body, find a quiet spot and allow your body to relax. Take a few minutes to think about the positives in your life, the blessings.

  3. Laugh heartily at least once a day.  Laughter heals, relaxes and rejuvenates.

  4. Listen to someone else’s thoughts or needs with your full attention. Look into their eyes, not at your watch or phone. Be present and invest in another.

  5. Do your best to go to bed at the same time each night.  Try a cup of hot tea half an hour before bed. This again relaxes the body’s rhythms and is conducive to good sleep. Turn off all electronics and don’t have them in your bedroom if at all possible.  Research has shown that electromagnetic fields can interfere with REM sleep.  Sleep is critical to your health and mental well being. Your sleep will refresh you for the new day, as well as fighting off illness and fatigue.

  6. Eat as healthy as possible and exercise as often as you can. Your body needs fuel for the journey, and energy.  Reduce caffeine and sugar, especially those energy drinks. You need a healthy body, soul and spirit.

  7. On weekends or one evening a week, practice some form of creativity. This is hard for Type Aers, but when they try it, they are amazed. Whether it’s writing, painting, gardening, music, dance….any form of creativity reduces stress, and releases endorphins which make a person feel happier and sharper intellectually as well.

  8. Find a slot of time to think. Daydreaming, brainstorming ideas and meditating are ways to connect with God and with your own inner self. Jot down ideas that come. Force your mind to slow down, take the focus off work and to-do lists, and just be.

  9. Allow yourself to see that being driven to accomplish or produce is not always the best path. Many valuable moments with loved ones can be lost through your distracted life. Ask God to reveal to you the places you have neglected through your push to succeed.

  10. Ask yourself if pride is a problem. Look at a Type B person and evaluate the good qualities of one who takes life a bit slower and stops to smell the roses. There are as many Type B millionaires as Type A; though hopefully that isn’t your main priority. Quality of life is important to your well-being, and your loved ones who surround you.


Plowing through life like a steamroller may deceive you into thinking that’s success producing behavior, but the wise King Solomon in Ecclesiastes stated it so well, “it’s all meaningless,” especially if you’ve missed God’s calling and purposes for your life, or damaged relationships along the way.  Take time to ask God how to plan and set priorities.Then, take a long, cleansing breath and listen. Do it now, before these ideas are slung into the pile labeled “low priority”, and lost. Ask God to help you, remind you, and inspire you toward this goal. He will.

 

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