#154: Power Play – Connecting the dots

You can’t connect the dots looking forward – you can only connect them looking backwards.  So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.  This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.  – Steve Jobs


As they say, hindsight is 20/20.  It’s a lot easier to see clearly looking back than it is when you’re in the moment.  That’s why Steve Jobs said in his famous 2005 Stanford Commencement address, “Follow your heart, even when it leads you off the path.”  Things don’t always make sense at the time, and it can be hard to see how things that didn’t go according to plan will somehow work out for the best in the end.  They may be blessings in disguise, they may have taught you a greater lesson in life, or maybe they still don’t make sense at all – and that’s okay.  Past experiences can even teach you what you don’t want in the search for what you do, and many of those experiences that were tough at the time have brought you to the place you’re at today.  Things may not make sense right now, you just have to believe that there is a greater purpose and that everything will work out in the end.

Game Plan:  Feeling stressed?  Try some of these stress busters to help release some of that tension.

  • Sigh
  • Laugh
  • Yawn, unclench or move your jaw
  • Shrug your shoulders several times
  • Stretch
  • Remind yourself to keep your shoulders down and your jaw unclenched
  • Massage your temples and the upper back of your neck
  • Raise your eyebrows and hold them up until the count of 3; release and repeat several times
  • To relieve eyestrain, rub your palms together quickly, cup hands and place them over your eyes
  • Rotate your eyes in circles slowly, top, right side, bottom, left side, relax and reverse. Repeat 3 times.
  • Neck roll: Let your chin drop down the center of your chest. Keep your chin close to your body, slowly move your head to look over your left shoulder.  Slowly return to the center and repeat on the right side.

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