Day 3 – Take 2 – Shift Your Focus

Just like money kept under the mattress, energy preserved for ‘what if’ drops in strength and meaning. Human generated energy is such a volatile concept that it almost escapes our understanding.

Let’s look at what we know. If we put our head on the pillow at night and our mind is running us over, our body is fidgety and we’re starting to feel frustrated, we probably did not do a very good job at moving our energy into the right direction throughout the day and we are left with resources that drain us, just like a bump in the mattress, instead of making us feel better. Feeling depleted, on the other hand, means that you’ve spent the energy you had. We can perceive the feeling as being a sign that we have moved things forward, or we can mistake it as a lack.

Today I’ve learnt that emptiness gives room to possibility.

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Day 9: Being Happy Can Only Happen Now

The energy cycles that we are experiencing are not limited to the nature’s seasons. We can have days or weeks when we need to give ourselves the time to re-center. This doesn’t mean doing nothing, but doing things that bring us joy. I used to think that putting my head on the pillow at night and thinking of what I achieved was enough, but I’ve added the thought of ‘What did I enjoy doing today?’ as an equally important success measure for the day.

I haven’t mentioned 4AM in my posts lately because I am far from succeeding at this challenge. But taking on this responsibility helped me identify things that I need to improve on my day to day life. This includes introducing joyful activities as a must on my schedule. What can you do today to be happy?

Day 8: No Technology Day

My 4AM challenge has fallen apart, but what I am trying to learn day on day is how to use my time more effectively. Something that helped me yesterday was doing a technology detox. I haven’t been on my phone or laptop yesterday for a good 12 hours and here are some of the things that I’ve noticed:

  • I felt like I have time
  • I had more energy to be active
  • I enjoyed my time more
  • I got to do things that I wouldn’t normally do (repotting plants, get on top of cleaning, read a new book)

Overall, limiting tech access for the bulk of the day helped me rediscover the things that I love doing. I will definitely incorporate no tech hours within my daily activities and push myself to use my laptop and phone only when it is absolutely necessary.

Day 7: Taking One Day at a Time

Yes, every day is special. But we all have time cycles, that can vary in length, when we lack energy. And although there is enough information out there for us to know that it all starts with changing the way we use our body, exercise, posture etc it’s okay to take time and recover.

Are there any do’s and don’t’s? What might be helpful to elevate you from a low mood, energy lacking state is to surround yourself with stimuli that will help get you there. For instance, reading a book that can help you with processing your emotions, meditating, journaling, are all useful methods to get you out of the slump.

Day 6: Living from a Higher Place

Have you ever walked about in the dark and ran into things? The same thing happens when we are upset and we interact with other people. Being upset or hurt clouds our perspective and makes our words and actions land the same way – causing upset.

A higher place means, a place where you feel calm. You don’t need to be a cheerful bunny to allow yourself to interact with others, but a state of calm will allow you to be more aware to different triggers that might bring you down.

Think About It and Make It Happen

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‘If you can think about it, you can achieve it.’

That’s one of the most powerful pieces of wisdom I came across lately. If thinking of anything means you can achieve it, does it mean that it works the same way if the thought is positive or negative?

How often do we think I’m not good with… numbers, directions, names, people – whatever it might be? And do we get any better at it once we put the label of our limiting thinking on it?

How about if we dare to think that maybe I can do it. I’ll find a way. Anything is possible. Visible change might not come right away, but we are shifting into the path of can rather than the path of what if. Self-doubt is a natural state of mind, but that doesn’t mean it’s in our best interest to preserve it. We can allow our mind to take ownership of our lives, or we can remember that our time here, on Earth, in this body, with this energy, feelings and thoughts, at this point in time, is limited. And we are made out of different components that we can model to optimize our chances for living with purpose.

We can either think small thought and inadvertently punish ourselves to live their manifestation in the material realm, or we can conquer our mind of habit and think higher thoughts that will inspire us to live an honorable life. Regardless of your approach, it doesn’t take a birthday wish for thoughts to come true. 80% of repetitive thinking patterns will do the trick.