(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)


I was talking with a person who had recently experienced a rather significant adverse health issue, the kind that classically causes one to reconsider how they are doing life and then initiate a slowdown. Instead, this person had chosen to increase the work load, or, as is said at the poker table, chose to double down.

What was that about?

Their work, the value they delivered, is, to them, significant. They see it as their lasting legacy, a way to continue to have a positive effect on the world even after they are gone from it.

The usual knee-jerk reaction to a heath issue is to quit doing what you’re doing, stop and smell the roses, choose more happiness – to slow down. A right and useful reaction for many folks. But not everyone.

For some, the right and useful reaction is to double down. Decide what’s important, really important, and do even more of that.

There is no one-size-fits-all response to a life awakening experience. Yours, should you have one, is up to you. And you will be right.


Coaching Point: It’s always your choice. Slow down? Double down?


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