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One Simple Technique That Will Change Your Life

It’s true. Slightly hyperbolic but true nonetheless. And, what’s better, it’s not even a technique that you need to learn. It’s something we all do, all of the time. You just need to become aware of it and choose to focus it positively.

Visualization.

It’s as simple as that. Visualizing a positive outcome. Picturing what you want to happen. Keeping your eye on the prize.

It really works. You do move towards what you focus on. It’s like riding a bike. Look where you want to go. Don’t look down, or you’ll have a wobble. Don’t look back or you may take a tumble – you’ll certainly slow down.

I don’t know about you but sometimes I can be pretty good at catastrophizing. Particularly on those nights when I wake in the wee small hours, mind churning with work undone, bills unpaid, forms unfilled. I can quickly work myself up into a sitting-bolt-upright state of sleeplessness. That’s me scuppered. It’s entirely counter-productive.

Keeping my eyes on the prize....climbing onwards and upwards

Keeping my eyes on the prize….climbing onwards and upwards

So, recently I have decided to stop it. Now I know from bitter experience that when you’re lying awake in the dark busily catastrophizing it can beĀ far from simple to just stop. The secret is not aiming to just quiet and still the anxieties that are pressing in but instead to replace them. By visualizing positive outcomes I leave no space in my head for the niggling anxieties. I busy my mind with lovely stuff, with dreams and fantasies and ideals. With what I want to happen.

And soon enough, I fall asleep with a smile on my face and wake the next morning to face the day refreshed and raring to go, ready to make those dreams a reality.

Try it – you might just surprise yourself with how easy it is and what a big difference it can make to your life! And if you do, please come by and tell me how it worked out for you.

 

The More You Do….The More You Do

I’m a firm believer in the adage that if you need something doing, then give it to a busy person. The net effect (for me, anyway) of having acres of time spreading out luxuriously is that time-planning and efficiency goes out the window. Put a little squeeze on it and I’m so much more productive and better organized.

So, what does this mean in practical terms? That I need to schedule my day more on the full side than the empty. That I’m better off saying yes to projects rather than no. That I shouldn’t resent calls on my time (within reason) and that I should embrace busy-ness and throw myself into life wholeheartedly.

Everything feeds into this. Exercise, housework, visiting elderly neighbours. Small, seemingly insignificant activities that can seem like simply time sucks can actually help me to place greater value on my time and to be more productive in the windows devote to work. Positive activities that are intrinsically worthwhile in themselves can also feed in to my greater creativity and productivity.

Sure, the time to sit and stare can also be invaluable. But if I’m honest I’ve tended to skew my life too much towards that style of doing things in the past and it can reach a point where it tips over into paralysis for me. Right now, I’m all about activity.

What about you? What’s the right balance between busy-ness and stillness for you? And does it change from time to time?

I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences.

Breaking the Deadlock

We’ve all been there. Stuck. Wheels spinning. Mind full of ideas and plans that never get past the thinking stage. To do lists that only get longer.

Right now I have a backlog of blog posts accumulating in my head and in my drafts folder that threatens to engulf me. Yet somehow I can’t quite get around to finishing any one of them and pressing publish.

I have a ton of jobs to do – personal, professional and parental – and I can’t seem to pick any one to get started on. So instead I try and start several, all at once and fail to complete any successfully.

The answer: pick one thing and do it. Be it ever so small or ever so insignificant. Do one thing and see it through to completion. The subsequent buzz of gratification will carry you through the next thing. Then slowly but surely the tide will turn and the to do list will decrease.

Oh, and also. Turn off Facebook, Twitter and all other net-based distractions while you’re doing it.

Simples. *Presses publish*