Living in The Moment Will Transform Your Workday

What’s the first thought that pops into your head when you wake up? Mine is either “thank you for today” or “why is it still cold outside!?”. (I’m so over winter) Unfortunately many people begin their days with total aggravation for the imagined workday that lies ahead. Did you know that having unpleasant thoughts upon waking can set your whole day into a downward spiral?

Living in the moment is another tool that we can use to stay grounded and focused. Matter of fact one of the first spiritual/health and wellness books that I read touched on the topic of being present. The name of the book is Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer. Before reading the book I would constantly become lost in what seemed like a never ending stream of dialogue in my head. Dialogue about everything! And if it wasn’t dialogue it was a song that I hated! Why do the bad songs stick in our heads so long!? It wasn’t until after I read the book that I realized I had been existing far outside of the present moment, probably my whole life. More importantly it caused me to take action.

One day while sitting in my cubicle (bored) I declared to always make a conscious effort to live in the present moment. At the time I wasn’t even 100% sure what the meant but I knew it had to be done. I grabbed a sticky note from my desk and frantically begin writing down all the thoughts in my mind. I just felt like writing them down would help free my mind. My results were minimal, however it did help me to see how nonsensical my thoughts were at times. The whole exercise made me laugh. I was slowly becoming the observer…

We walk around all day on auto pilot. This is because our conscious minds are so busy analyzing our thoughts. Mean  while our subconscious minds are in control doing the same things over and over. Why do you think your so bored with work after a few years. We shouldn’t live our lives like this!

Living in the moment will transform your work day no matter how boring and tedious in is. Here are a few tips below

Start the day in gratitude: Begin each day listing the things that you are grateful for. I keep a gratitude notebook on my nightstand that I write in daily. This may take a while to get the hang of, but it’ll be like second nature after you’ve done it for a while. Starting each day like this will make you feel happy and energized!

Stop the voice in your head: Contrary to popular belief, a busy mind is not a good thing. Learning how to quiet the mind and be present is a skill. The first step is to notice your thoughts. You are not the voice in your head, learn how to tell the difference. The next step is to watch your thoughts as they come and go without giving attention to them. This process is easier than it sounds, and it is explained in detail in the book mentioned above.

Taking the time to focus on your work will give you less time to focus on the things that you don’t like about your work. Therefore making your entire work experience more pleasant.

Don’t worry be happy: Remember that you have the power to change what you do anytime you want. So stop worrying, try focusing on being happy at work instead. You’ll move on when you’re ready.

What do you think?

 

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How Your Blame and Lack of Responsibility are Linked to Habits of Indecisiveness

My dad once told me a story about my mom. In the story he recalled a mid-day drive thru experience at Mcdonalds. He described pulling into the drive thru, giving his order, and being overcome with frustration shortly after. By now you must be thinking what in the world does that story have to do with indecisiveness!?

Well the trigger for his frustration was my mom’s lack of promptness while ordering. That’s right folks, she had no clue what she wanted eventhough she picked the place. He laughed as he remembered her looking at every menu item in contemplation.

Haven’t we all experienced a situation like this?

You’re either the person waiting in line frustrated at Starbucks because the person in front of you has no idea what they want. Or you’re the person at the register who is holding up the line because you can not decide which latte represents your mood for the day. This may be a smaller example of an indesicive moment, but it shows how common this annoying habit can be.

Responsibility

Are you more comfortable with passing major decisions off to someone else than you are making them yourself? There is a certain amount of responsibility that comes with make a decision. The level of responsibility will depend on the situation. Many people do not want to assume responsibility for their decisions because they are unsure of the outcome.

I know this feeling firsthand! I was once that person holding up the drive thru line, not because I didn’t know what I wanted, but because I was afraid to try something new. If something tasted bad I would have to live with the result of my bad decision. This kept me in a imaginary comfort zone for a long time. It took me a while to see that being indecisive was worse than comitting to a decision and just accepting the outcome. When we are decisive we are taking control of our lives!

Blame

Do you need someone to blame? Indecisiveness allows us to blame others. Just think about it for a minute….If you go into a restaurant and let the waiter decide your meal for the evening, you’ll surely give him all the blame if that meal is not to your liking. The same can be said for all decision that we make.

Solution

I once read somewhere that whatever we do for 30 days becomes a habit. The same practices are true for breaking habits. Therefore you can beat your habits of indecisiveness!

Affirmation

I could go on and on about why affirmations are so awesome. These have helped me transform my life in tremendous ways. So I’ll share an affirmation that I use daily to help with my annoying indecisive behavior.

*I choose to leave nothing about me to chance. when it comes to me, and anything in my life- I choose to choose!* Now repeat three times a day, morning, noon, and night.

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