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Finding Your Goat: Making Space in Your Busy Life

Guestpert : Dr. Steve Taubman Category : Women's Issues Tags : Sufi, Mindfulness, Mental Health, Success, Nasruddin

Steve is a Doctor of Chiropractic, graduating valedictorian from New York Chiropractic College in 1982, and international speaker, and a bestselling author. 

 

Having endured crippling anxiety and low self-esteem early in life, resulting from bullying and abuse as a child, Dr. Taubman made it his mission to understand the nature of happiness and the remedy for emotional turmoil. His search led him to neurology, holistic health, mindfulness, positive psychology, and hypnosis. He now travels the world helping business professionals get out of their own way to achieve prosperity and inner peace.


Women who try to have it all often hit walls when they become exhausted and overwhelmed by it all. They think they have to stop everything to get their power back. But it's not true. Women who try to have it all often hit walls when they become exhausted and overwhelmed by it all. They think they have to stop everything to get their power back. But it's not true. According to an ancient Sufi story, it's usually JUST ONE THING that needs to be removed to get back to their power. (the Sufis have a folk hero, the embodiment of the "wise fool": Nasruddin. There are many Nasruddin stories, similar to our Aesop's Fables or Fractured Fairytales) In this story, Nasruddin lives in a tiny cottage with his large family, some neighbors, and a goat. Nobody can breathe. One night the goat gets out. Nasruddin wakes up, stretches, and remarks, "My, there's SO much room in here!" We each need to calm down, step back, and figure out that ONE THING that needs to go. The technique that I have developed through years of teaching is a simple writing and self reflection exercise. First, you sit and think about your life and let yourself feel the squeeze (notice the claustrophobia of your life) I've had many students get up in the middle of this part of the exercise alone and say AHA! They suddenly know what's stopping them! Second, ask yourself the magic question (what's my goat) For me, after years of doing social media posts, I realized it was one thing too many and it was making it hard for me to express myself in the way I most naturally do. So, I hired an assistant to do that part for me, and now my creativity has taken off! Third, remove that one thing for a week and see how you feel and function. Knowing it's just a week will give you the courage and willingness to let it go. After all, it's just an experiment. If your life hasn't improved after a week, you can always pick it back up, and try letting something else go instead. I've watched many women struggle in this technology age trying to do it all, but with one less goat in their life, they can develop into stronger women, generate stronger relationships, and become unstoppable, positive forces in the world,