Fear arises in everyone. When it does, you might get thrown off your game. You might end up wasting inordinate amounts of time, energy and even money. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Realize most fears never come true. Mindfulness teaches you to lean back out of the fear stories instead of fusing with them. My executive coaching clients who practice courage enjoy great success! The return on investment when you take risks and stretch out of your comfort zone is immense.
Regret can sideline forward progress. Replaying the what if’s, the woulda/coulda’s, and the if only’s is simply a waste of time and energy. Mindfulness calls you to forgive past unskillful, unproductive behavior. Being mindful means letting go of the past and making fresh, skillful choices in the present. Today is a new day, now is a new moment!
It’s Mindful Monday! Taking charge of your mindset is a key strategy in Mindfulness. Research shows it is also essential to your success! As an executive coach and psychotherapist over the last two decades, I have observed that the most successful people understand and apply the principle of taking charge of their thoughts and beliefs. Be mindful of what you are taking in and how it impacts you from food to conversation to media. Notice your self-talk, and be positive and supportive in what you are telling yourself. Your behavior is predicated on what you believe – about yourself, others, and life. Invest in actively creating a mindset that leads you to personal and professional success! Mindfulness offers a simple, yet profound path to take charge of your thoughts and beliefs. Invest in becoming your best self! You are worth it!
The human mind bends to the negative. If there is a problem or challenge, there is a tendency to see everything that is wrong, bad, or unwanted. And, even if things are going well, the tendency toward aversion can still prevail. This causes unnecessary suffering. Mindfulness provides not only focus in the present moment but also encourages attitudes of non-judgment, acceptance and enjoyment. Realizing the good, the gifts (if you will) in front of you, brings forth gratitude. And gratitude ensures greater success at home or work because you are happier! Where can you focus on the good in your world today?
Take time today to kick back and enjoy a good laugh! An integral part of mindfulness is learning to lighten-up. You can take everything too seriously. Leaning back from the noise gives you perspective. Not everything is life or death! In fact, most tasks and events aren’t. When you laugh at the absurdities of life, you feel physically better and have a clearer mind. Enjoy some levity today!