Just before our most recent podcast, Paul and I spoke together about the power of simply being in the moment. Of literally smelling the roses, coffee and whatever else turns you on. Of just looking around at all the things in our lives that we were thankful for. It stopped me dead in my tracks. Even more so when I tried an exercise he’d done himself to reinforce and connect with gratitude. When he described it to me, I can honestly say I had a moment of epiphany. It seemed so simple, yet so incredibly powerful, so I’d like to share it with you now:
Just take a sheet of A4 paper, and write the word ‘thank you’ over and over again… until a name comes up. Then keep writing again, ‘thank you’ over and over. Until more names come up. Like me, you’ll probably be quite surprised at the names on the list. You may find other words arise, not just names. That’s perfectly okay. Whatever messages you receive from your subconscious are very powerful, so own them all.
Then take some time out to just reflect on all the great things you have in your life. It could be good health, family, your children, a great job, getting fired from a job you loathed, being in a great relationship, or finally leaving a toxic one. Whatever you have to be grateful for, I can guarantee if you take just 5 or 10 minutes each day to remind yourself of all these wonderful people and situations, you’ll feel far more at peace with yourself – and the world around you.
The book Paul mentioned in this podcast is Moon Over Water: Meditation Made Clear, with Techniques for Beginners and Initiates
How many times have you had a great idea that you were excited about at the time, but have totally forgotten about a while later? Often these ideas keep coming back up (and may keep being forgotten about!), and can haunt you with the sense that you’ve not done anything about them.
Paul and Sam discuss some tools and techniques to not only help you capture these lost ideas, but to solve some of the challenges of how to take action on them, letting them ‘percolate’, whether the timing is right, and how to start uncovering some creative solutions. Likewise, there are those ideas that we keep avoiding or things that really need to be done that seem to get harder and heavier the longer we resist taking action on them!
Whether you are tackling a DIY job around the house, completing a work project, running a business or even enjoying a leisure activity, it could pay to give some thought to having the right tools for the task.
Some ‘tools’ may require an investment up front, but having the right ones could save you a lot of time, hassle and money, giving you a better quality result with greater efficiency, and may even be the difference between you loving and hating what you are doing.
Paul and Sam discuss some of their DIY learnings, and explore other areas that this insight can be applied to – from serious tasks to fun ones! Afterall, would you try writing an essay with a lipstick? 😉
If you are the owner of a small business that has grown over a few years to something greater, and would like to understand more about how the Right Tools and related concepts could ensure your business continues to grow effectively, and allow you to love what you created once more, then please contact Sam for more information.