It’s a cliché although undeniably true.
Our habits can make or break us.
Recently, I was reading The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks (which I really recommend) when his comment on habits stood right out to me.
It brought to mind the issue of focus, which popped up for me recently when I was finding it quite challenging to knuckle down on some tasks.
That’s when a couple of tips from Gay’s book made a huge difference for me, and I thought you might find them handy too –
- Get super clear about ‘the preview of coming attractions’ that I choose to be playing on the inside of the movie screen in my mind, to make sure this next 30 or 60mins are highly focused, productive ones. Basically, to get clear about the blueprint that I’ll follow.
- Activate the power of meditation. Fi calls it ‘mind-freeness time’ because, for many of us, it’s not that we need to be mindful (our minds are already full enough as it is); it’s more that we need to allow space to think and to let inspiration arise.
When I practice these two steps on a daily basis, I notice that I do feel fresher and more focused. This is what I mean about our habits making or breaking us. Building in those habits increases my ability to practice what Gay calls ‘Einstein Time’, which is not so much the time itself that’s available in a day it’s more about the use of the time in terms of my own priorities.
So, engaging the preview of coming attractions that I set up in my mind and allowing mind-freeness time makes all the difference.
The other thing from a health tip side of things that really does make a difference for me – and I’m curious how it does for you – is drinking enough water every day! I’m talking clean, filtered, plain water – not coffee, herbal tea, or sodas. Just plain water, perhaps with a squeeze of lemon or lime for something different or even steeped with peeled cucumber and peppermint leaves, and watch the difference!
If you’re ready to be more productive and focused in the time you do have or even to be more present in the time you invest with loved ones, trial a new habit1, and message me how it goes!
In the meantime, I’ll see you soon when I call in to this week’s #AliveWithFi
1The knack with most winning-strategies is to focus on the first step rather than feeling weighed down by the thought of the whole journey. The same is true with habits: “You can change nearly any area of your life, and at one mini habit at a time, it’s easier than you think [because when] you remove the pressure and expectations, you allow yourself to start.” The first step is all it takes to start.
“How Simple Mini Habits Can Change Your Life”
S. Guise, (n.d.)
Fi Jamieson-Folland D.O, is The LifeStyle Aligner, with over 27 years experience in Europe, Asia and New Zealand as a qualified osteopath, educator, writer, certified raw vegan gluten-free chef, speaker, health mentor and Health Brand Ambassador. She loves to globe-trot with her husband Chris (NZ, Australia, USA, UK + Europe and Indonesia are current favourites) relishing an outdoor lifestyle and time with family and friends.