The one thing about this pandemic, is that none of us expected the bank of time that most of us now have.
For many of us this is a welcome windfall.
We're always talking about not having enough time for this, or for that, or for any number of things we want to do. Well, now we have it.
If you’re halfway interested in making the most of it, here’s a suggestion for you.
Get out your copy or journal or notebook, or whatever you jot notes and ideas in, and put it to work. Do it. Many dismiss this as some half-baked simplistic notion. Well, I'll tell you, I've a buddy in the UK who wouldn't go anywhere without his notebook and biro. He's a best-selling author, a successful consultant, and a very wonderful and private human being.
Get the habit of making notes on ideas, perceptions, phrases, observations, odd things you hear or see that strike a chord with you. And here's something, note your reactions to them all, in your journal.
Treat it as an exercise in self-observation. What you’re doing is a literary form of Mindful Awareness.
You are becoming aware of what your mind is doing during the day. This is a way to study your own responses, actions, and mind habits.
One lady told me that she became aware that SHE could install, or remove, ANY thought in her head. Now, there's a liberating thought for you!
For instance, if you have a particular ambition or aspiration, you may find that your mind tells you to forget about it because you don’t have the ability, or the necessary resources, or the time, or the experience, or the education, or any number of other things that will excuse you from making the effort.
We all do it; talk ourselves out of things we could, and should, have in our lives. We create our own doubts. We don't need external enemies or naysayers; we do a great job by ourselves, on ourselves. Shakespeare observed, "Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt."
William was dead on the money, wasn't he?
We do this so habitually that we’re not even aware of it.
The fact that we write down our ambition,, and write our reaction to it, is what lets us observe our self-talk. Then we see our minds in action. We begin to see how we shortchange ourselves all the time; talk ourselves out of projects, opportunities, hopes, dreams, ideas, that only need to be put into practice to succeed.
There’s learning in this.
That's not the only aspect of journaling. There are other mind-opening aspects to it as well. We might make a note of how somebody said or did something that we thought offensive. When we write it down we may see it as a reaction that we had provoked. It’s the writing down of it that reveals this, gives us the time and the insight to analyse what happened, and distance ourselves from the emotion of it.
Many people start journals with misgiving, but find that as they get into the habit of writing their observations and perceptions, that it gives them a new viewpoint on their own behaviour.
As our behaviour is what gets us where we are in life, this can be an open door to a new way of thinking, feeling, and doing that can be truly transformative.
For one way to get your head into this, click HERE
But like anything, it’s only as good as the use to which it’s put.
Over to you. See if THIS might be of use to you.
Have a Great Day and Do Well..