Came across these terms in one of the wonderful TED videos.
It was mentioned in the context of media consumption.
Lean Forward media is the digital media which is active consumption.
Lean Backward media is television, print etc etc which is passive consumption.
Both are effective in their own ways .
But this struck a chord about life as well.
There are times when we Lean Forward- we are driven, we want to make things happen, we may even be stressed... maybe positively stressed. We are more engaged in what we do.
Then there are times when we Lean Backward- sometimes to take a break, sometimes to revel in recognition, sometimes to enjoy the sweetness of success.
I have been the Lean Forward types for most of my life till now.
Always wanting to take that extra step, that bigger leap, that one more business, that one last assignment.
But I have realised today that Lean Forward works best only if we can dot it with Lean Backward moments.
1. Taking that small "mini holiday" as Robin Sharma puts it- take 10 minutes off from work, visualise about a dream holiday spot and see yourself there- that's all it takes.
2. Going on a real holiday.
3. Reading a book, going for a walk, watching a movie or a soap or a reality
4. Reorganising that joblist to strike off things that can be done tomorrow
5. Injecting some genuine FUN at work and at home
6. Sending that hand written note of thanks or best wishes to people who made a difference
7. A few minutes of silent prayer
8. Jotting down the 3 or 4 most important to- dos rather than a long list of yet-to-be-done
9. Listen to music
10.Laugh- with others, at ourselves at times
Finally, it's all about a balance of stress and smiles.