Run Your Own Race – Be Your Own Person April 29, 2015
It seems to me, that these days, everyone is ‘busy’. You bump into an old friend and natural instinct makes you ask, “How are you / how have you been?” Instead of the ‘old school’ reply of “I’m well – really well thanks – and you?”, it’s now the norm to reply with “urgh – BUSY!”. This is usually accompanied with a roll of the eyes and a clicking of the teeth!
What happened to “I’m well” … and where is the “and you?”
To get by in this ‘busy’ world of ours, you need to run your own race – and to do this, I believe, there are some things you need to incorporate into your daily routine and mindset.
It’s certainly not rocket science – but it is a shift in the way you operate …. the way you think … the way you believe.
I’m not some ‘guru’ preaching a new way of life here – it’s all been said before – but I’d like to reiterate a few common practices and beliefs that can only increase productivity and wellness.
1. Sleep … Exercise … Meditation.
How can your day NOT start with a clear mind, clear lungs and a clear heart? Of course, there will always be ‘speed bumps’ that crop up when you least expect them to challenge you – but you will be better equipped to deal with these challenges with these open, clear and healthy starts.
2. Embrace ‘the list’.
Be the proud owner of a list … or 6 lists … or 20 lists! Whatever it takes. Use your smart gadget thingy, or old school pen and paper (thank you Mr Post It Note!) Lists keep you focussed, up to date and motivated. PLUS, how good does it feel to put a big bad line through tasks as you complete them during the day?! DONE! The more you cross off, the more motivated you become to get more tasks completed! Then, at the end of the day – you can actually SEE how productive you have been … what a great feeling.
3. Choose the company you keep – beware of ‘energy vampires’.
I am proud to call Dandapani, a very good friend of mine. Dandapani is a former Hindu monk, a speaker, and entrepreneur. He offered me some advice awhile back, which resonated with me at the time, and I continue to manage and practice.
He brings a really unique and fascinating perspective, his focus is on energy. He says: “Everything is energy. Get to know it, understand it & learn to channel it. It’s a great gift to give yourself!”
Make sure the company you keep, shares energy and uplifts you. You need to be aware of ‘Energy Vampires’ – people/things that drain energy from us – and invest our energy in people and situations we want to grow and tend to.
How do you identify these ‘energy vampires’? After you spend time with someone, ask yourself, “do I feel uplifted – or do I feel drained?” You will know straight away. Avoid them – you don’t need them in your life. If you are working hard on yourself to be a better person – why allow someone to come in and destroy that? There is no reason to feel guilty about it either – even if they are a friend or family member. You need to protect yourself and your energy. Understand that it is your duty to uplift the people around you – and uplift yourself as well.
By conserving and being aware of our energy and focus, we forge richer relationships with those around us … we’re more effective, and we teach our bodies to absorb and retain more energy over time. And let’s face it … more energy is something we could all use.
Dandapani reminds me that I need to cultivate my energy, guard it, and deploy it so that I can better impact me and my team in a positive direction consistently and intentionally.
For more information on Dandapani … go to http://dandapani.org
4. Stay focussed after a knockdown …
“I get knocked down, but I get up again, you’re never going to keep me down …” Big thanks to Chumbawamba for this earworm (Wikipedia … it’s a catchy piece of music that continually repeats through your mind after it is no longer playing). It’s also a great mantra to have.
No one likes making mistakes, being wrong – or being criticised. The first two are human traits and things that just happen. It is up to us to put on our big grown-up pants and own them … learn from them … and move on to become a better and wiser person.
The third one however, is out of our control as it is the actions of someone else. This makes it more difficult to process. Let’s face it – we all have a bit of ‘control freak’ in us – that is what helps make us successful and happy in our business and personal life. When we get knocked down, we need to learn how to deal with it and get back up again …
– take a deep breath, get up, shake yourself off, hold your head high and take that first, new step.
– accept the criticism, look objectively at it for validity, ignore the pettiness, jealousy and envy behind it and move on.
– accept an offered hand of assistance. You won’t be any less independent or lose any street cred for accepting help.
Make every day, your best day EVER! It’s up to you …
Robert Marchetti – Founder and CEO