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[success]It’s not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about? ~ Henry David Thoreau[/success]
Today there’s a rush, a blast, a clatter of ceaseless information flowing towards us.
We’re crazy busy.
And filled to overflowing.
We’re overstretched, overwhelmed, overcome.
Not so much because of all the stuff going on, but the confusion that’s caused by how to process, how to digest, what to do and how to react to it all. It’s a crazy busy world and it’s seductive.
We’re drawn, mesmerized by images, statistics, and the sheer noise of it all. And end up taking on too many projects, trying to absorb too much information and be too many things to too many people.
And it’s making us sick.
But it doesn’t have to be like this.
You can’t eliminate the noise entirely, but you can take steps to feel more peace and less stress.
Here’s some ideas to bring you into alignment with your inner creative force that, once galvanized into action, can transform your life.
1.How about not having ulcers or getting sick
What you notice in life doesn’t only depend on what’s there, but where you look from.
What you hear is mostly someone else’s perspective.
Act as if you are master of your circumstances, because you are. Then decide what’s worthy of your attention and, if you want to, ignore the rest.
Looking at things differently can make all the difference between success and failure, between frustrations and peace.
It might be uncharted territory and you might be tempted by the noisy bombardment of information, but once you choose to turn common wisdom on it’s head you’ll soon see much of it is useless and often wrong.
When you’ve got a chance to tune it out, take it.
But you have to make the choice.
Decide to stop doing something, or start doing something, if you genuinely want to see a change in your life.
2.Take a pause
Saying yes to life, often means life says yes right back. And some of us are drowning; falling victim to a flood of facts, to ceaseless and often irrelevant information because we’ve been taught that information is useful.
Other times we’re trapped in a maze of decisions, frustrations, and procrastinations, incapable of harnessing our creativity and energy in ways that are rich, fulfilling and rewarding in our lives.
The pull to be available for everything is powerful.
People become addicted to their phones, e-mails, or social media, but you don’t have to give in to it.
Not letting it rule you makes all the difference to feeling and becoming more relaxed and life becoming more rewarding and joyful.
Give yourself pause, take a minute before diving in and say to yourself, ‘let’s think about this’.
Make a change and don’t look back.
3.Don’t be your biggest obstacle
It’s easy to fall into the victim mindset. Easy to feel like an unwanted traveller on this journey of life.
This mindset is loud and overbearing, insisting that you’ve lost the game, that you have no choice but to accept whatever comes your way. This is part of the crazy busy world mindset.
And it’s so not true.
Don’t let the volume of the voice convince you that it is.
Just because it’s loud doesn’t make it true. Deep within you is a knowing that nothing is impossible.
Listen to that. Every time you hear that quiet voice you’re more in touch with your creative spirit; entering the zone from which life flows with ease and grace.
The power to determine your mindset and your future is in you.
Don’t let overload get you down. You have plenty of time in each day to take a time out, look up at the stars and breathe a sigh of thanks for the beauty of life.
4.Take a look in the mirror
Your life plays out as a reflection of all that goes on within.
Every thought, every idea, every feeling.
Everything you accept as true.
Everything you expect.
You deserve to just be happy, even when you think you don’t.
Don’t beat yourself up for the experiences you’re having, you have won inner battles before that no one ever knew about. And since it’s all just a reflection of your mind, when you decide to change it, your life will change with it.
Don’t waste one more minute of life complaining or looking for all that’s wrong. Let your mind linger on thoughts of doing and having and being what you want, not as some future reality that might or could happen, but as if it’s happening to you right now.
5.Forget the popularity contest
Don’t live in hopes that everyone will like you. They won’t.
Some may actively dislike you. Most likely it has nothing to do with you.
There are sad people in life who have to put you down so they can feel better about themselves.
It’s too bad.
And it can hurt.
They’re not happy people and if you let them, they’ll poison your heart and soul.
If someone is consistently critical or disrespectful of you, they’re not safe to be around. Keep out of their drama whenever possible: softly dance your way out of their orbit.
It’s true that they might be fighting an inner battle of their own but better to support them from a distance than find yourself a victim of their own inner war.
6.The best and most rewarding job ever…
Is the work you do on yourself.
You have to believe in you first if you want others to believe. Develop yourself to the point where your belief in you is so powerful that you know you can experience almost anything you put your mind to.
Make time for yourself, nurture yourself, fill your mind with thoughts that feel good.
All the happiness that you build up inside will spill out into the world outside.
Your future happy events must first become the present in your mind and your victories will be a surprise only to those who are unaware of the inner creative inner power that turns the invisible ideas of your mind into a visible physical reality.
The best part of life is thriving. Don’t wait to wake up to discover there’s no more time to be the person you always wanted to be and to experience the things you always wanted to experience.
Develop yourself now.
Believe you’re worthy of an amazing, wonderful life and it will be reflected back to you in an awesome reality.
7.Make it easy on yourself
Today choose 3 short term goals and begin working on them. Turn off all the distractions, no e-mails, phones, no getting sidetracked.
I have a little trick.
Give myself time chunks of 30 minutes, then get up and move around and either come back to the project I was working on, or do another one for the next 30 minute chunk.
It works for me to also give 10 minutes to myself in between where I can do anything I like…but once that buzzer goes off…it’s right back to my 3 goals for the day.
Don’t wait until you’re about to snap.
Don’t wait till you’re sick.
Stop spending all your energy in the wrong ways, on the wrong things.
Step away from the crazy busyness and make space for enthusiasm, encouragement, hope and optimism. They lead the way to your greater happiness and success. It’s never to late to try something new.
Let me know in the comments below what you think. And if you already have strategies in place for stopping the craziness and letting hope and creativity flow, I’d love to hear about it.
As always thanks for giving me the time and space in your world. I love being here with you. And if you enjoyed the read and feel so inclined do share on your favourite social networks.
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This is essential advice for staying sane in the midst of information and activity overload: “Stop spending all your energy in the wrong ways, on the wrong things.” I think setting priorities and letting go of the rest is of ultimate importance in order to be true to ourselves and our life purpose. Like you, Elle, I try to do that by setting priorities everyday.
Thanks for this important reminder. People are becoming physically addicted to information and affirmation from social media, and it’s so important that we stop now and take back our control.
So true Sandra, your point about it becoming an addiction of sorts. I find it’s all to easy to step into that trap, hence my timer. Helps keep me on track and a little saner. 🙂
Wonderful pieces of advice here. My trick to stay centered is to do yoga, meditate, stay in contact with nature, watch no TV, and have a good social circle.
Hello Julie, and welcome. I like your tricks. It’s amazing how if we give ourself a little breathing space and a little connection with others life is so much more inspiring. Congrats to you. 🙂