I firmly believe that ‘we are what we repeatedly do.’ Those are the words of Aristotle and he went on to write that ‘Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.’ If we are what we repeatedly do, it then follows that how we think and approach everything day to day, directly impacts our lives, happiness and success. If that is the case then we need to think very carefully about what we do and how we do it. We are going to take a closer look at your day. Let me show you what I mean.
Let’s say you wake up in the morning and your first thought is that you feel tired and you haven’t had enough sleep. You then run around getting ready in a rush feeling under constant pressure because you don’t have enough time and are going to be late. Your day flies by in a blur as you try to fit everything in and to do the best that you can, working under constant pressure. You race home, throw together a meal, doing the chores before collapsing in a heap in your bed complaining that there are not enough hours in the day and feeling completely exhausted.
I am guessing that there may be some familiar parts in there for many of you. I certainly cringed particularly thinking about how agitated and frustrated I can be racing around and feeling under pressure.
So let us now imagine how different it would be if you woke up grateful for the fact that you have slept and looking forward to the day ahead. Let us suppose that you have got up 30 minutes early in order to give yourself time to sit and enjoy your breakfast. You can take the time to think about the day ahead before you do anything else. You already know what you need to do during the day and how it will fit together. If you need some help you have asked for it, and if you are short of time, you have cut out the impossible. Dinner is organised and you have help with the chores or you have accepted that it can all wait until the weekend. You have time to relax and review your day and head to bed thinking about the positives and feeling grateful.
How different does that all feel?
I have to admit to experiencing a real ‘lightbulb’ moment at the idea that we have an unhealthy focus on ‘not enough.’ We live each day with a constant feeling of want or need. ‘Not enough’ sleep/money/belongings/time/socialising/love/help. The list goes on. That will ultimately create a feeling of not being enough and always wanting more.
I am therefore trying to shift my focus a little. I have been looking at the idea of gratitude and how it will tie in to happiness. I accept that a focus on the positive will lead to a sunnier outlook. Going back to the idea that ‘we are what we repeatedly do’, it makes sense that always thinking that we do not ‘have enough’ will only lead us to feel want. The constant pursuit of more, more, more leads to us feeling poor.
I challenge you to focus on what you do have and on what is important to you. To accept and appreciate and to change what does not feel right. I think that we all have far more than we realise if you take the time to stop and really look.
Are you going to take my challenge? Tell me what 2 things are you most grateful for and what are you going to change? Add your comment or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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