Last month the book Pause: Harnessing the Life Changing Power of Giving Yourself a Break was released and the message is resonating loud and clear: you can choose to live a more satisfied and meaningful life through discovering the power of pause. So what is a “pause”? I define it as any intentional shift in behavior that allows a mental shift in attitude, thoughts, or emotions that otherwise wouldn’t have occurred. Pausing is for everyone. Rachael takes us through the different types of pauses to take, from mini and daily pauses, to an unintended pause (layoff), to digital device pauses, to extended pauses. A pause is about taking a time-out to create the space for your inner voice to be heard and to align your actions with that voice in order lead a more meaningful, fulfilled life.

So what are the five signs that you may need a pause? Have you had any of the five telltale signs?

Sign 1: You used to love your job and now you loathe it

Sign 2: Your boss tells you it’s not working out

Sign 3: You have an intervention that separates you from your work or technology

Sign 4: A major life event, challenge, or change happens

Sign 5: A New Opportunity reveals itself, which could appear as an irresistible, high-risk opportunity. Pause is filled with practical tools to put to use immediately and can lead to longer, larger changes if that’s of interest to you. Research and insights are also woven in and borrowed from psychology, existentialism, and neuroscience-based research. Pausing can boost your emotional intelligence by tuning in so you can act, feel, and communicate authentically and responsibly. The book highlights twelve “pause stories” ranging from Danielle LaPorte’s Digital Device Pause, to Lissa Rankin MD’s perfect storm, to Joe Kutcher’s unintended layoff pause. Each person recounts their story of their version of pausing, and their top tips on how to pause successfully.

Pause: Harnessing the Life-Changing Power of Giving Yourself a Break

Sometimes life throws you for a loop. You’re stressed out at your job; you’re torn between work and family; your motivation and productivity are taking a nosedive. Your impulse might be to lean in and tough it out, but what you may really need to do is take a step back. Reassess your life with a clear head and dive back in with purpose and poise. Get Rachael’s Book On Amazon!

Explore the different ways you can choose to meaningfully pause—whether for mini pauses of sixty seconds, daily pauses, digital device pauses, or longer time periods of several weeks or months to lead the most satisfying and fulfilling life you choose. Clearly Pausing is a hot topic. Pause can be found wherever books are sold and you can download the first two chapters for free at More articles by Rachael:

Rachael’s 3/17 LunchBreak Video Interview: Google Executive: Take a Pause to Achieve Success Pausing is such an important aspect of getting what you want from your business and your life.  The Entrepreneurial Operating System™ has a tool in The EOS Toolbox™ called The Clarity Break™.