How to keep calm and make the most of every moment
Updated: Apr 12
Welcome again to ‘Three thoughts Thursday’ my weekly blog where I share the three thoughts that have been at the front of my mind over the last few days. I hope these three thoughts can be of benefit to you.
The light that you shine versus the shadow you cast
When I was in my late twenties, I started working for man called Chris Scott, not long after I had begun working for him, he said I believe you can go on and become a Retail Director. At the time I did not believe him however each week he would continually build on this thought. Some years later I went on and became a Retail Director.
Over the years I have met many people with similar or differing intentions and approaches to Chris. I found time this week to reflect on my impact intended and impact felt when working/leading others, I wonder if the same exercise could be of benefit to you?
It will pass
Impermanence is something that is all around us in every moment. Despite having endless evidence, we hold on to the thought that this experience will last forever. The impact of this can be huge sometimes leaving oneself imprisoned within a thought or stuck within a situation. There is an exercise called ‘noting’ that can help when these moments arise. Noting is a simple exercise watching one’s thoughts and labelling them as they pass through our mind. Just like clouds these thoughts may not be all dark and even more importantly not all for us. This exercise can be completed in a few moments with benefits such as clarity, calmness and perspective becoming gained as a result. I have found much benefit throughout February reminding myself to take one moment at a time as it will soon pass.
One thing at a time
Progressing a little deeper on the thought above, I have certainly been guilty over the years of allowing future events to build up, overwhelm me and appear bigger than they are. I am sure I am not alone, the opponent to the above problem is breaking activities down into more manageable chunks focusing on one thing fully at a time. Through a mentor I learnt the importance of getting things started quickly as very few things are ever as bad as the sabotaging stories, we can tell ourselves.
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Whatever you do always believe in yourself, Mark