There I lay, totally relaxed and comfortable, taking in all the sights and sounds around me. My eyes settled on the beautiful, serene, seascape.
No I wasn’t basking in the sunshine on the beach. The seascape was a poster on the ceiling and the sounds were the clatter and whir of dental equipment. Normally I’d be gripping the chair tightly, resisting the urge to clench my teeth onto prying fingers.
Why the difference you might ask, why was I taking a new direction?
I was practicing mindfulness and it worked, even when the needle went in. The last time I’d been so distracted from such oral intrusion was when my toddler son came with me. He sat on my tummy all through a scale and polish. He was so keen to learn from doing, and at that age they have elastic arms!
What has this got to do with my normal topics? If you read the first posts in this series you’ll see I took a mindfulness course to help me become more productive again. It’s resulted in some unexpected benefits, which I share with you below.
The results so far:
- I not only committed to publish a post each Friday for 5 weeks, I’m writing this 4 days in advance.
- The dumping ground spare bedroom is now tidy.
- I’ve read all the emails I need to read and unsubscribed from a lot.
- I took time out to smell the roses – but. as they aren’t blooming at this time of year, I admired the jonquils instead.
More importantly, I found that if you are mindful it can have a much wider impact than productivity, taking you in new or different directions.
I discovered thoughts intruding – about old insecurities and some worries about the future. For me these are health and financial concerns, and worries about my son’s future when I’m no longer here to care for him.
Your subconscious niggling worries might be very different but, whatever they are, they can hold you back from your full potential. Once you are aware of them creeping in you can deal with them. If you don’t have any, well done!
Changing or Getting Back to Your True Direction and Values
Being mindful doesn’t mean ignoring the future, but not letting it worry or distract you. You deal with it in a constructive, more balanced way. It doesn’t mean not following your dreams.
Taking a look at your long-term goals and strategies helps? You might find that they’ve changed over time. Ask yourself “does this change mean I have to change what I’m doing, and if so how”
I know it’s easier to stick with what you know and what’s comfortable, but you might just discover a new direction that motivates you. Or, you could find that you’ve gone off track and need to find your way back.
These last few weeks I realized that it wasn’t procrastination holding me back from starting or completing some projects. It was lack of interest. I can either sell or ditch domain names I bought for them. By letting some things go there’s more time to concentrate on what’s most important to you.
I realized that I sometimes start a project just because I want to learn how to do it. That’s fine as long as it’s a skill necessary for your business, or if you can leave it aside for leisure time. Resisting this urge has saved me hours already.
Standing back and looking objectively on what you are doing is also an excellent way of checking if you are following your own, or your business’s, core values. Writing them down and checking them from time to time will help keep you on the right path.
Again this might mean change, but for the better (for both personal and business relationships.). Establishing Values for Your Business by the Small Business Association guides you to develop your core values.
Are you committed to, and following, a path that leads to trust in you or what you sell? Truth, accuracy, integrity are vital. Do you show your willingness to help others and have you learned what it takes do do so?
Rachel Lavern recently wrote 16 Habits of Ill-Fated Entrepreneurs. I could identify with a few points there. Can you? In the article Rachel quotes Napoleon Hill’s 4 steps to developing the habit of persistence, although I think it more of an overall success formula:
- A definite purpose backed by a burning desire.
- A definite plan expressed in continuous action.
- A mind closed to all negativity and discouragement.
- A friendly alliance with one or more persons who will encourage you.
That leads me nicely to introducing my next post on developing alliances and friendships with other bloggers – for week 5 of the PAC blogging challenge.
I’ve recently written more personal stories here in the hopes that you can benefit from my experiences. You are never too old to learn, grow and change. The secret is recognizing the need and never giving up.
Oops I just had a worry about the future – eye surgery in two weeks time. That’s OK because I recognized and acknowledged the thought, remembered I can be mindful throughout, and now I can let the worry go. Well, mostly – many things take practice to perfect.
Do you have concerns about the future that prey on your mind? You don’t need to answer that question in the comments but please at least have a think about it.
Have you reviewed your long-term goals and business values recently? If so, did you need to do something new or get back to your original plans? Have you ever changed direction with your business?