March 21, 2016
5 Ideas, 3 Questions, and an Action
Five Ideas for Feeling Awesome All the Time
Start small. Take a 5 minute micro-action for 10 days in a row and see how it feels. If you like it, do it for another ten days. This might mean reading from a personal development book, following a blog, stretching, singing, walking, prepping food, writing, journaling, or meditating for five minutes each day. Commit to it. Make a small change. Mark it on your calendar. It’s five minutes a day.
Change your alarm sound. If you wake up to an alarm, make sure that it is a soothing sound. When we are shocked out of sleep by a disturbing noise our bodies instantly begin releasing the stress hormone cortisol, which creates unnecessary challenges in virtually every area of our lives. Google it. Find a more soothing tone, or get a “progressive alarm” that wakes you up slowly.
Garbage in/garbage out. We can all agree that if we put a mixture of gasoline and mud into our cars it would cause problems, right? So, it might benefit us to apply this same principle and logic to our emotional, mental, and spiritual gas tanks. What we expose our mind to influences our beliefs. The conversations we have, the shows we watch, the podcasts we listen to, the people we know—everything is reinforcing specific ideas, mindsets, and beliefs. Ask yourself, “Are these the ideas and beliefs that I want more of?” If so, keep having the same interactions with others and media. If not, start “weeding the garden”.
Don’t look for the silver lining, look for the lesson. Having a positive outlook does not necessarily mean being cheerful and carefree all the time. Instead, it means being willing to learn and grow from all of life’s situations and, in doing so, find the value of each season of life. As yourself, “What is the lesson here?”
Affirm your greatness. Find one quality that you like about yourself and write it down on a card. Something like, “I have a great sense of humor.” Or, “I have good intuition.” Or, “People enjoy my stories.” Take this card and carry it with you in your pocket. When it gets tattered from day after day of being carried—make a new one. Repeat.
How would my life change if suddenly each day had 34 hours in it?
What does “making the most of the day” mean to me?
What is my favorite invention and why?
Desired Result: Being less anxious.
Concrete Action: News Fasting
This is an easy one and it’s very straight forward: Cut your news consumption in half for one week. Or, if you are feeling particularly motivated to feel less anxious, cut it out completely. This means, if you watch 30 mins of news twice a day, just watch the one broadcast or none at all. Make a few notes about what your reservations are to resisting this idea. Then, study these reservations, asking yourself, “Why do I feel this way? Why do I want to “be informed” in this way? What am I afraid of happening if I choose to fast from the news? What good can I make with that new free time?”
Be your greatness. Start. Do. Go.
Zach Carlsen is the grateful lead blogger at StrengthsLife.com
His strengths of Ideation, Connectedness, Input, Strategic, and Empathy have taken him all over the world. He is an inventor, athlete, joyous wanderer/wonderer, translator, poet, and Transformation Coach.
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