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Our mind can do any kind of job we ask of it, but we ask so little. Instead we get sucked into being overloaded, overwhelmed, overburdened and overstretched.
You probably didn’t intend to get so busy, You probably never realized you were creating a life of hustle and bustle, feverishly rushing from one project or task to the next, with never enough time to spare.
If you’re busy doing everything you love, in a world of your making, bursting with opportunities, you’re one of the lucky ones.
Most of us are busy being run ragged by all our must do’s. We’re not occupied with what truly matters. We’re not jumping out of bed every morning excited to start our day. In fact we’re so busy we don’t have time to determine what really matters.
Sometimes we just need to get a handle on those thoughts and habits that create stress and tension, make us sick and depressed or overanxious, and keep us from living the life we deserve.
Decide now. What is it you really want? It’s the most important choice you make in your life.
It doesn’t have to be what you want for ever, just what you want right now. And then begin to nurture that choice, work steadily towards it and it will become your reality.
Here’s 3 ways, that in my experience can lead you to one thing we all would like, to move beyond feeling overwhelmed and overstretched into a happier more relaxed and fulfilling way of life.
1. Allow yourself to be inspired
Don’t wait until desperation sets in before you decide to find the answers you seek. Allow those momentary heart whispers to be heard and rekindle those desires that have dimmed to a glow.
You’re either going to spend your time being busy with what doesn’t really matter to you or you’re going to take the time to create the life you want.
Wherever life finds you right now, decide you deserve to live each moment more consciously and allow your heart to be inspired to act.
What you do is who you are; what you say you’ll do are just words.
Remind yourself regularly, you can do this and then go and do it. And should you get lost along the way, sit quietly and know you can always follow your heart, it usually knows the way.
2. Use the power of concentration
Trying to do everything at once creates chaos and everything becomes jumbled up in one giant mess.
Life doesn’t always go according to plan, but you don’t have to make it hard on yourself.
In truth we can only really concentrate on one thing at a time.
Distractions are plentiful, but you have the power to decide where your attention will fall.
All progress and the chance to live the life you choose depends upon your ability to control your attention and not get distracted.
The capacity to change your future depends upon your skill in managing your attention and most of us aren’t that skillful, so we have to train our minds to be more focused.
A simple trick: choose five thoughts to focus on every day. Thoughts like, I have a love filled day. My day is easy and fun. I”m grateful for all I accomplished. It’s lovely to feel so healthy. Great ideas always come to me.
Pick thoughts that appeal to you, and give them as much undivided attention throughout the day as possible and you’ll give them a chance to work their inevitable magic.
3. Set your priorities
No one else will see the world in the same way that you do. No one else knows what’s right for you which is why you need to set your own priorities. It’s far too easy to make everyone else a priority and put yourself at the bottom of the heap.
Your life needs to be lived purposefully if you’re to live the best life possible. And that includes taking time to work out what’s important to you.
Take time to love a lot, laugh, be in joy, be thrilled and excited to be alive. Be willing to recognize that we’re not here for ever and time is a precious commodity that we never get back once we’ve wasted it.
Prioritize your time. You matter too.
It’s wonderful to be kind. Being generous is a great asset but it doesn’t mean you forget to be kind to you.
Don’t allow your kind and generous nature to become a liability, you can’t say yes to everything and as Steve Jobs said, it’s only by saying no that you can concentrate on what’s really important.
Learn to say no without feeling guilty; setting boundaries is healthy for everyone.
Give yourself permission to say no to experiences and people who drain you or demand more than you want to give in the moment.
4. Change your mind
For any transformation to take place and stick, we have to have a change of heart, or a change of mind. We can’t and won’t experience new things in our world whilst we still have the same mindset that produced the old things.
It’s the willingness to move to a new mindset that produces more happiness, an increase in joy, better health, and greater success.
Spiritually speaking, the only way to always be free, always be moving into richer and more fulfilling experiences is through a renewal of the mind, or change of heart.
Listen to your intuition, your heart, and when it tells you to do something that others think is crazy, or will complicate your life, or seems impossible, ignore everything and everyone that screams no and listen to that quiet inner voice that whispers, yes, this is the way.
Follow your heart and embrace your new reality, knowing you’re far too exceptional to settle for anything less than a rich, fulfilling life.
Over to you. Do share in the comments below what you’ll take away from this week’s post. Or, if you’ve found yourself practicing easy ways to live a more relaxed and happy life, tell us what you’re doing. We’d love to hear from you.
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