Look out for mind gremlins!
I’d like to share something personal with you, in the hope that if it resonates, you can find the solution a little quicker than I could!
At the start of the week, I found myself angry about a few things, and felt really quite fed up with Covid-19’s isolation impact on my business, and my life. I later discovered, through conversations with other business owners, I wasn’t the only one, hence the guidance to share this blog.
I went for a walk around my village in an attempt to lift my mood, but annoyingly came back just as frustrated as I left… I sat down at my computer but nothing would work, then the screens froze and went blank. Great I thought, just what I need. Argghhh!
Yet, in that moment of surrender, I found a little peace.
I realised I was focusing on the negatives, and being very ungrateful for life’s treasures
As my partner helped me with the computer, I began to write a mental list of all the things I was grateful for. My partner, of course was number 1, followed by technology. Interestingly, both of them had been at the top of the ‘annoying’ list just a few hours earlier…
However, I was having trouble identifying the source of my frustrations. Whilst my partner, technology, and social distancing had all been annoying me, I knew none of them were the cause itself. I could feel it was something else that was bugging me, which was spreading out into other areas, and why I was getting frustrated with everything, and everyone.
After a meditation and reading a few chapters of a book called The Mental Toughness Handbook I felt much better and wiser too! Thanks to the book’s author, Damon Zahariades, I uncovered what it was that was annoying me.
It helped me tremendously, so I thought I would share the insights I got. Additionally, I made a graphic (thanks to Canva) which has been my desktop background image all week. I have shared that too. I’ve found it’s a really useful reminder!
The things that stop us from experiencing peace, are generally not our partners, finances, or even Covid-19 social distancing
Most of the time, it’s either self-doubt, self-pity, fear, a limiting belief, and/ or our emotions, inner critic, and a desire for perfectionism that causes a lot of our unhappiness. The great news is, the solutions to overcome them are fairly easy!
Change your interpretation of what’s happening, and notice how your mood changes too!
Accept that things will go wrong sometimes. It’s called life!
Master your emotions and your inner critic.
Accept imperfection, because perfection does not exist.