ACTION TIPS FOR THE WEEK:
Many people go through life asleep, not really awake and aware of what is going on. They may go through the motions, but they are not fully present and engaged in the daily activities and joys. The first step in living a rich life is to become more engaged in your life. Put away the cell phone, the blackberry, the laptop or television. Remind yourself to be more aware during times that you should be enjoying the moment for what it is. Just the act of being more aware will act as a catalyst to ground you and open your eyes.
An exercise for being more aware and awake in your life is to set aside 30 minutes a day to be fully present in whatever you are doing. If you are washing dishes, try thinking about nothing else other than the feel of the water and the sound of dishes. If you are watching a soccer game, really be involved in the game. Watch the players, talk with the kids, be aware of the weather and the energy.
Get sticky notes and write the statement Be in the moment Put these notes everywhere in your home, in your car, on your computer. This will act as a visual reminder to focus on what you are doing right then, not thinking about the million other things you need or want to get done.
2.Be true to your values
Your values will guide you and act as a compass in your life. What you value, you state to the world as more important than other things, will keep you grounded on what really matters. It is when we get so caught up in the fast pace and craziness of life’s details, that we get further from our truths. When you disengage from your values, you ultimately end up dissatisfied and unfulfilled. Take some time to clarify for yourself what you value above all else. Then commit to only engage in activities that honor these values.
Get out a piece of paper and write down everything you value in life. Family, freedom, creativity, travel, health, spontaneity, children and so on. Now I want you to narrow this list to your Top 5 values. This is what you are saying to the world is more important to you than anything else. Without these things, your life has little meaning. Now take a step back and look at how you are living your life. Are the commitments you make honoring these values? If you value your health, are you living a healthy and active lifestyle? This activity will be a wake up call to what changes need to be made.
3.Create social and support group
Do you feel supported and surrounded by good friends? Do you make an effort to nurture these relationships? What simple steps can you take to make these people more of a priority in your life? Can you commit to calling a couple friends every week to touch base? Can you pencil in a lunch or coffee once a week? Can you schedule in a get away once a year? Jot down ideas and then begin to implement them.