Are you in a waiting period in life right now? A waiting period is any time when life slows down slightly. It’s the time between the highs and lows of life. It’s the period before a big change or the start of something new. It’s when you are waiting for momentum to pick up in your life.
The waiting period can be frustrating, unpleasant, uncomfortable, and uneasy. They can bring up a lot of anxiety within us. This is because a lot of the time we view waiting periods as being stuck. We get impatient and start demanding results, change, and life to move fast. In doing this we forget a key practice to a fulfilled life: the practice of being present. You see, being present brings your attention and your energy to the moment in which you are existing instead of hoping, wishing, dreaming about more or the next chapter. Tomorrow will happen whether you worry about it today or not. You only get today right now and it’s up to you to make the best of it.
We need to change our mindsets in regard to waiting periods. They have the power to be monumental parts of our lives if we let them. They are a time to rest and get yourself ready to hold your desires. They are a portal to receiving what you want.
We often desire things but maybe aren’t ready to receive them into our reality. For example, you are a life coach who has just started a business. You desire 10 clients a week. Do you have the physical and emotional capacity to hold 10 clients a week? Would you be overwhelmed by that amount of work and energy that you receive from people? Do you have systems in place to streamline onboarding and offboarding clients?
If you are at the start of your business and still have not figured all of this out and you’re only focused on the lack of clients how can you call in more if you are not actually ready for it? This is where your waiting period is a chance to do the work to prepare yourself. This is physical work, mindset work, embodiment work, and nervous system work. You get to do strategic things, put a system in place to receive the clients you desire. You also need to and get to work on energetically being ready to receive the clients you want.
What is meant for you will find its way to you as long as you are working towards it. What the experience leading up to it and through it is like is up to you. Can you remember a time when you wanted something and you forced and pushed and overworked yourself into receiving it? How did you feel at the end? Did you experience the joy you thought you would? Or was it draining, exhausting, depleting? When you let the waiting period be frustrating then the outcome usually has a lot of the same energy. You can receive your desire in a way that’s filled with ease and celebration simply by utilising your waiting period in a similar way.
I do not chase. I attract.
These are powerful words. Your waiting period gets to be a time when you embody and integrate these words into your work and life. The problem with chasing is that we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to achieve something by a certain deadline and in a certain way. We are closing ourselves from possibility, surprises, and flow. When you are in the mindset of attraction there is no longer pressure or timeline. You know what you want is yours. There is an inevitability to your experience of receiving it but no pressure of that way it happens. Your focus automatically shifts because you are no longer saying what if it doesn’t happen. You are saying and believing that it will, that it is yours already in so many ways.
We often mistake attraction and simply sitting back, doing nothing, and waiting for something to find us. This is wrong. We still work and put in effort when we are attracting. The same amount, if not more than when we would chase. What has changed is the manner in which we do it. The manner is surrounded by ease and that is a portal to receiving in a very abundant and joyful manner.
— Vanessa Seymour is a Business and Mindset Coach who works with entrepreneurs on all things business strategy and energetics. Contact details: vanessaseymour.com, firstname.lastname@example.org; Instagram: @vanessa.seymour