March 20


Start and Stop Mentality to get more done

By Harry Heijligers

March 20, 2018

Growth Mindset

How good are you in stopping things? Did you know, that stopping things is even important than starting things when it comes to your productivity?

Please, read on, if you'd like to know how you can be more productive by increasing your ability to stop your movements:


I saw a very interesting video on Youtube the other day about the Grinberg method named after its creator Avi Grinberg. Grinberg explains the importance of stopping your movements. Most of the time human beings move unconsciously on autopilot.

I always like to watch the body language of presenters. Very few presenters know what they are doing with their body. They just let every part of there body move as it comes. In that way you can hardly speak about any body language. It's more "body gobbledygook". It misses every chance to purposefully support the message the presenter is trying to bring across.

Mr. Grinberg suggests that we learn to stop our movements. In the above video you can watch a few examples of how that would look like. The point is that when you decisively stop a particular movement of your body, you involve your brain in what you are doing. This makes you not only more present in the moment but it also reinforces your mind-body connection.

Doing this type of body exercise, as shown in the video, has another great benefit as well. It learns you start and stop trains of thoughts in your mind on purpose. This is a great benefit is you want to be more productive and procrastinate less. Often the reason that you procrastinate is because you can't break-out the train of thought you are in right now in order to start the activity you have planned to do. Especially when you are "doing" something you can do on autopilot, like watching TV, it is hard to break out that comfort zone. So, a little extra training every day in stopping and starting won't hurt you!


Become more aware of what you are doing and learn to start and stop your movements on purpose. This will make you more present in the moment and more productive.

And until you begin to see the change in your life, let me know in the comment box below, what is your view on this, and I'll try to support you with that.

And until we meet …

Live fully, be awesome,

Harry Heijligers

P.S. Please take a moment to share this article. Everyone should have the chance to change his mindset for the better, don’t you think?

Thank you!

Harry Heijligers

About the author

Harry Heijligers has more than 25 years of experience as a Project Manager and more than 17 years of experience as an NLP Trainer. He has a Dutch blog about NLP here:
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