The Zen of Strategy

“Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.” – Chinese Proverb


Working and playing really hard seems to be the norm these days.  Our constant “plugged-in” state of mind can feel like a never-ending race.  Yet, pressing pause on the endless stream of media and information can be a good thing. Over this three day holiday weekend, it’s a great time to take a step back and recharge your mental power.

Strategic planning is rooted in creative brainstorming.  However, continually pushing your mind to process data and find solutions can be exhausting.  Stay at your best with these tips for finding mental Zen:

1) Go outside.  Researchers at the University of Michigan have found that interacting with nature can reduce mental fatigue and increase focus.  Simply spending at least one hour outside can increase your memory performance and attention span by 20 percent.

2) Make time for restful sleep.  We’ve all heard it before: good sleep is essential to mental well-being.  The demands of the work week along with juggling a family can negatively impact our sleep patterns. Poor sleep habits can impair judgement, creativity, sociability, and concentration. Make time this weekend to catch some quality z’s.

3) Breathe.  An ancient Chinese Zen teacher, Lao Tzu, said “Whenever you wish to achieve something you must start with its opposite.” Slow things down this weekend and just breathe. Catching your breath in our fast paced world can make a difference.

As the Zen Proverb says: “Only when you can be extremely pliable and soft can you be extremely hard and strong.”  So, take a little time to recharge this weekend.  It will pay dividends in the week ahead.

Drop a note with comments about how you plan to unwind this weekend.

It’s your move.  Make it a great one!




2 responses to “The Zen of Strategy

  1. Very timely post. Thank you! It’s easy to remember that you need to get outside but it’s a bit tougher to do it. Going to take a walk in between homework today :).

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    • Maya, I’m glad you enjoyed my post. Yesterday, I found my Zen on a hike up at Mt Hood. Woohoo! I didn’t realize how burned out I was until I tuned out and left the iPhone at home. How about you? Any cool plans for the weekend?


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