This week, in the way that a circus performer constantly tests their capabilities, consider how you could really push your limits beyond normal expectations. Many of us set limits on ourselves and feel that once we have reached a certain point of skill we can stay there. It becomes our comfort zone. However, research shows that our brains stay young by constantly meeting new mental and physical challenges.
Circus performers exhibit incredible displays of physical strength and skill. They perfect their skill over many, many years of constant rehearsals, practice and dedication. Apply this same principle to your own line of work, a creative pursuit and/or how you care for your family. In order to reach your optimum level of skill and accuracy remember to always strive to reach your peak level of performance. In order for this to happen, it is essential to care, first and foremost, for your physical and mental health. When you are feeling mentally, emotionally and physically strong you will find yourself walking over the most challenging of tight-ropes and excelling at the same time.
“Every morning when I wake up, I experience an exquisite joy —the joy of being Salvador Dalí— and I ask myself in rapture: What wonderful things is this Salvador Dalí going to accomplish today?”
This week, each morning ask yourself the same question as the great artist Dalí. With a positive mindset such as this you can be catapulted into your day with enthusiasm and joy for whatever it may bring. The confidence and belief that you shall accomplish and create will give you a boost of energy that will sustain you for the day.
The joy of being you is something to be celebrated each and every day. Celebrate it!
“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everyone will respect you.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
This week pay attention to any energy that you may spend on comparing yourself or competing with others. Rest assured, that this energy is wasted; when we are consumed with how we are performing in relation to our colleagues, friends or family we are in fact slowing down our own ability to do well and achieve whatever it is we wish to achieve. Your precious energy is spent in this negative cycle of comparisons and is literally slowing down your ability to think clearly.
Think of a person that you admire who is successful, not just financially, but emotionally and spiritually. Ask yourself – do they spend their time concerned with what other people think of them? In order to gain and maintain respect it is necessary to keep your focus on your own goals. This does not mean being insensitive to others; instead allow them to focus on their goals and the result is that everyone flourishes.
If you have recently returned from time off or a holiday, then you will realise that a change of scene can be a wonderful dose of medicine for our mental health and can give us the perspective that we sometimes need to make decisions about our life or to revalue where our priorities lie.
Another advantage of holidays is that when we slow down our pace of life and allow ourselves freedom from daily pressures, we are much more open to a positive mindset. If you have recently returned from a holiday, take some of this slower pace of life with you as you return to your responsibilities at home and work. We achieve so much more from a place of calmness and inner peace than by automatically responding to external pressures and getting caught up in the whirlwind of life.