Updated: Sep 8
Recently I moved out of my home of 8 years to a new one in a new neighbourhood. Yes, moving can be taxing and the transition can be stressful, but there can be great benefits as well.
For instance, a whole new slew of restaurants to explore and neighbours to inspire with your decoration and/or landscaping skills. Neighbours and restaurants aside, change is the best benefit of all. Change is not welcomed by all but if you do embrace it, it can provide a healthy shake up. In the case of moving, most reassess what’s important: what to keep or what to purge. I went through many papers, magazines and household items to see what I was taking and what I was letting go of. Sometimes not an easy choice, but a great exercise in taking stock, making decisions, recommitting to some things and saying goodbye to others; things that are taking up space or weighing you down. Yes, you can purge while living in the same place but moving usually involves more. There is also the change of neighbourhood and new apartment or house, perhaps the structure of your days and work hours; the novelty, the getting used to: all things to keep your mind and body active.
Speaking of an active mind and body, the idea that moving improves both is well supported and documented. Daily or regular exercise is not only good for the body but it also increases oxygen flow to the brain. Business and Life Coach, Susan Hyatt, believes physical activity in the morning can help with productivity and time management.
She arises at 4:30 or 5 in the morning to go for a run. She says if you get up and move then you are more likely to continue that momentum and tackle things immediately and more consistently. You can also move your mind by learning a new language, creating and innovating, joining a debate club or playing memory games. There are a myriad of ways to keep your grey matter titillated. Exercising both, mind and body, are critical to growth. Not coincidentally, both involve action.
In essence, the importance of moving is the importance of action. Are there times to rest and be still? Of course! Especially if you are an “action addict” where you cannot give yourself a moment to decompress. Like most things moderation is key, however, having a bias toward movement and action can clarify your priorities, keep your mind and body active and realize your career and life goals. Imagine moving from one dissatisfying position to a more fulfilling one. Change in your career, whether in the same organization or not, can keep you fresh and relevant by developing more skills. Moving in all areas in your life can create seismic shifts and unstoppable momentum.
Are you "ready to rumble?" :)
Ps. if you are ready to get "your move on" in your career or life, you can set up a complimentary Get Acquainted Call to see if I can help.
 Mel Robbins mentions having a “bias toward action” in her book The 5 Second Rule