As I was putting dinner together (pork chops, sweet potatoes, and peas in case you have a burning desire to know what was on the menu), I thought about the word “marinating”. I know what it means, but I wanted to see how Webster weighed in on the matter. So to marinate according to Webster means “to steep in a marinade”….hmm, ok, but let’s dig a bit deeper. I looked up the word marinade: “a savory, usually, acidic sauce in which fish, meat or a vegetable is soaked to enrich its flavor or to tenderize it.” Hmmmm….could apply to people as well couldn’t it?
I’ve been “marinating” in some stuff myself lately. I think it’s good to marinate sometimes. In a world where everyone is yelling for us to take action, sometimes you need to marinate in your savory sauce for a bit…really soak it in, so to speak;-)
The problem comes when we start languishing in the marinade…and get cooked before we can get cooking!
That acid (doubt, limiting beliefs) in the sauce can work to our disadvantage rather than enhancing or enriching us. I love that part of the definition, “soaked to enrich its flavor”…how awesome is that phrase…especially since it is so fitting to what most of us go through in our own life.
So the key is to get yourself out of the marinade at the right time…ah and therein lies one of the keys to your recipe…how do you know when that right time is?
Here are some tips for knowing when you’ve soaked in the marinade long enough:
- Listen to your intuition. Really. That’s part of the whole marinating process you know…listening to that little inner voice that says “go now; this is good and right”. That voice is there, you just need to be still for a moment and listen to it.
- You’ve gotten feedback from a mentor. If you don’t have a mentor, get one. A mentor is like the master chef who can support you in creating the Recipe that tastes yummy to you. A mentor will tell you it’s time to get out of your marinade and start cooking…and most of us need that.
- Tell others about what you’re cooking…in other words get others to hold you accountable to light a fire under you.
- Eliminate should from your vocabulary…as soon as you (as Tony Robbins says) start shoulding on yourself…you’ve been marinating too long and need to get out as quickly as possible!
Are you marinating in your savory sauce or languishing in it? How do you know when you’ve marinated enough?