Urban Meyer is the head football coach at The Ohio State University. Here is an excerpt from his book, “Above the Line:”

“We teach our players, in response to any situation they face, to press pause and ask: What does this situation require of me?”

When I am working I am reminding myself to “Press Pause.” A lot of times, I am in a rush and I just want to get things done fast! I would rather cross things off my “to do” list, than do a quality job. “Pressing Pause” (even for split second) forces me to think about what I am doing, what I am creating, and being intentional and deliberate with my work.

Meyer explains that pressing “Pause” has two important benefits:

A) It helps you avoid doing something foolish or harmful

B) It focuses you on acting with purpose to accomplish your goals

“Pressing Pause” could be a split second, a minute, hour or even a day reflecting on the action we are about to take or not take. Once we commit to a project, idea, concept, or arrangement we are all in; we can’t take our action back.

This could include starting a business that isn’t profitable, a dysfunctional relationship, or a bad investment. And thinking that this decision could have been avoided by simply “Pressing Pause” is powerful.

While “Pressing Pause” also allow you to act with purpose and accomplish your goals. By taking a moment to think about what you are committing too, your actions will be more deliberate, planned and thought out. And that is the key, to purposefully go after what we want in life, intentionally.

We must remind ourselves to “Press Pause” throughout our day, it is a skill that must be developed.

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* Urban Meyer, Above the Line: Lessons in Leadership and Life from a Championship Season