Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.
When was the last time you were truly quiet?
Most of us will probably not remember the last time we were 'actively' quiet. By that, I don't mean the time just before we go to sleep when we are still thinking about the last email we looked at 2 seconds ago on our phone, or worrying about waking up in time for a breakfast meeting tomorrow.
We are in the constant hullabaloo of actual and virtual noise, being pulled by other people's agendas or impossible to complete to do lists.
"What a wonderful life I've had! I only wish I'd realized it sooner."
I am always talking about having a vision and looking forward to new challenges and ideas. I am a very firm believer that if you have something to move towards, it can inspire you and make you accomplish more than you had thought possible. (Take a look at thisarticleif you don't believe me!)
However, I would put in a word of caution.
Sometimes we can be so intent on getting to the goal ahead of us that we miss out on the wonderful things along the way.
"Somebody's boring me...I think it's me."
Routines and habits can be very powerful and helpful. They can support you by providing a foundation, giving you the comfort of the known, signalling the start of the next piece of work, or creating a state of mind. In her excellent book, The Creative Habit, Twyla Tharp talks of how she goes to the gym every morning. However, the process begins not when she arrives at the gym or changes into her kit, but when she hails the cab to get her there.
I have been bumping in Sinead at events over the past couple of years, as well as reading her excellent free eBook,From Apps to Zen, and her informative monthly newsletter. I have always loved her energy, insights and world view. She sent me an advance copy of ‘The Business Yogi’ and asked me to read it. Knowing Sinead, I was happy to say yes. However, I will admit to being anxious on hearing that the book used yoga and its’ philosophies as a starting point for business ideas.
"Whether you think you can or you think you can't you are
all have a little voice in our head, that one which whispers away in a constant
running commentary, like a particularly chatty friend. “Did I buy the milk?”, “Is the building I
want on the left or right?”, “These shoes hurt”, “What shall I do next?” – you know
the kind of thing.
of the time, the voice isn’t a problem and can blend into the background. However, sometimes, this little voice can become