Are you are ready to regain your joie de vivre and find the fun in your work?
We’re spilling the beans on 8 smart things you can do that will change how you feel about getting up and going out to work for the better. Read on to find all 8 tips and for the ‘how to’ and ‘why to’ for tip number 1. We will give you more information on each tip over the coming weeks and if you follow the advice, you will be well on your way to regaining your joie de vivre and finding the fun in your work.
Life just got more interesting – Here we go!
- Be at peace and in silence for 15 minutes (for information on ‘how to’ and ‘why to’, read on)
- Clarify your purpose
- Find something or someone to inspire you
- Do something today better than you did yesterday
- Any time you feel tense, breathe deeply and be still – it will pass
- Take responsibility for your wellbeing
- Avoid blaming others
- Write down one thing you’ve learnt about yourself today
Be at peace and in silence for 10 minutes – give yourself some Me Time right now by watching and listening to this mind-calming meditation from Tom Evans, author of The Zone & host of The Zone Show
Our minds work in overdrive.Constantly fixing, organising, remembering, sorting, valuating, validating, judging, analysing, preparing, timing, nurturing, providing, loving, caring, driving, delivering, placating, worrying, hoping, wanting, helping, sharing.The list really is endless.We ‘do’, day in day out. Our day is so filled with ‘doing’ that we can go whole days or weeks without coming up for air.We hear people say don’t we, “I wish the World would stop turning just for a moment.I want to get off”.
To be at peace and in silence is one way to stop the World and hop off for a moment.
You can choose how to do this.Meditation, prayer, walking in the woods, or just sitting quietly somewhere comfortable.The key is to relax and quieten the chatter of your mind.Let your thoughts come and go like waves washing over you and back to peace. Isn’t it the simple pleasures, like a cool glass of water on a hot day, that are the precious gems reminding us how intrinsically connected to nature we are? These thoughts of what’s really precious take us away from the busy-ness of our life. Make sure you let all thoughts go as easily as they come and avoid temptation to follow a thought or resolve a dilemma.You will still have plenty of hours left in your day to do that.
This quiet time buys you real time in your day.It sparks creativity and inspiration and once you get used to doing this, you will find the best ideas and solutions pop into your thoughts when you least expect them.In the shower, whilst driving or cooking a meal. It is a bit like mislaying an item, a watch for instance; you search and search for that darned watch and eventually you give up looking, believing it is lost. Yet, the very next day, you open the drawer to take out your gloves and there it is. Your lost watch.
If you are not used to spending time in this state of peace, or think it’s a bit woo-woo for you, or perhaps you are just too busy, we do understand.We at The Performance Business have been there too. In fact, I distinctly remember thinking that meditation was just new age baloney. Oh, and I proved that to be true when I tried it and it didn’t work. My mind was so used to doing the doing, I didn’t know how to stop it!
However, I can assure you that if you give it just one month, starting with 5 minutes on the first day and adding a minute every other day until you reach 15 minutes, you will begin to notice a difference. You can even play a little game with yourself. Choose just one of the many things that you have on your mind to resolve and decide that you are going to let that one thing be resolved by letting it go. Be sure to notice when the answer springs at you when you least expect it.
When you see it works for that one thing and how good it felt, you will find yourself on the look out for many more inspired thoughts and creative solutions. You will discover the value of peace and silence for yourself.
For those really active brains that are so difficult to switch off, and try as you might, you find it impossible to let go of your thoughts, you might like to try listening to a guided meditation.There are plenty of free meditations on You Tube. I personally recommend the work of Tom Evans. Tom has been meditating for 40 years, after being introduced to the practice during a time in his life when he was ultra stressed working for a large corporation. He is now on a mission to get the World meditating. Tom is a personal friend of mine and a real master of how to bend time so that it works for you rather than against you. To find out more about Tom Evans go to www.tomevans.co but to hear a little bit of his magic for free, and to start you on your road to getting into the zone and finding the fun at work, click here to access a relaxation visualisation, that he has gifted here for you.
Lucy Windsor is the Author of People Aren’t Widgets, Communication Specialist and Executive Coach. Call us on 01932 888 885 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how we can help you and your organisation.