The cheer season starts now, and is here until the beginning of a brand new year. Bring in the festive tides with a mind made up for mindfulness, and a heart with conviction to achieve whatever you may desire. As you step back to take a break from your everyday routine, and celebrate everything that is good, pure, and fair, build into your subconscious a promise to be a better version of yourself, as you look towards rejuvenation. More productivity, more happiness, more kindness and most of all, more mindfulness. Bring it all into the world of work, and here is how.
Building Awareness of your habits
A great way to be better at what you do is why building an awareness of your daily habits. Both good, and bad. You don’t have to judge yourself, or be annoyed at yourself for the habits that you may consider as bad habits, simply taking note is a great way to begin the process of change. Taking note, or noticing what you want to change is always the first and most crucial step towards positive change and growth.
Once you start taking note of the habits that don’t serve you well, start diverting yourself from them. For example, is procrastination a big concern towards your productivity? Take note of why you procrastinate. It could be phone time, the internet, need for a sugar fix, just any one of the constant pulls in the form of diversions we experience in our day-to-day lives. Once you notice yourself getting pulled away, gently remind yourself that you have some place to be, and get back to what you were doing.
Practicing everyday kindness
The Dalai Lama once very truly said, “Be kind whenever it is possible. It is always possible.” Kindness is a way of living, it is an outlook which is reflected in everything you say and do. Very often, we tell ourselves that we don’t have time to go out of our way to practice extraordinary acts of kindness. That is where we are wrong. We don’t need time, and the acts of kindness need not be extraordinary. Build the practice of kindness into your every day life. Stop to help, stop to listen, stop to offer kind words. Stop, pause, and you will realize how it changes your life all for the better.
Living the grateful life
The power of gratitude is immense. It affects your personal and your professional life in myriad ways. Living the grateful life, is again an art. To receive in abundance – be it professional or personal growth, you must first appreciate in abundance what you already possess. When you start taking note of, and appreciating what you have, you will realize that you are able to create more moments in life to be grateful for. Sounds mysterious? Try it! 🙂
Staying happy in the now
There is infinite wisdom in understanding the value of the present moment, instead of dwelling on the past and being anxious about the future. A wise man once said, “Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.” So let it all go, and focus on right now, right here. Stay in the now, and most importantly, stay happy in the now! Why to make ‘right now’ the best time of your life? Well, what you do right now is what defines what happens next. Sow well now, to reap beautifully soon after.
The change of seasons remind us of the principle of transience – the fact that the only constant is change. But through these changes, good or bad, you can be your own constant by working on centering yourself. The five things we just spoke about are a great way to start with!
We wish you and all your loved ones the very best of everything this festive season!